Three CVTC staff members, Linda Krueger, associate dean of health; Kristen Raney, dean of academic development and services; and John Wagner, nanoscience technology instructor, graduated from the Academy for Leadership and Development after successfully completing the program requirements. The Academy for Leadership and Development is a program developed by the Chair Academy, a division of the Maricopa Community College District, in Mesa, Ariz., for the purpose of advancing organizational leadership and provides succession planning for leaders in postsecondary institutions.
The Academy is a yearlong program which includes an initial week of on-site training; a practicum experience involving implementation of an individualized professional development plan focusing on the application of skills learned during training; a mentor and coaching program; and a final week of on-site training consisting of additional leadership issues. Some of the topics covered include: Complex Role of the Organizational Leader, Work Behavioral Styles, Building Effective Work Teams, Strategic Planning and Scenario Thinking, Managing Conflict Productivity, Dimensions of Leadership, Leading and Managing Change, and Hiring and Orientating for Excellence.
“Each year, we nominate staff to attend this training,” comments Bruce Barker, President of CVTC. “It’s important for our staff to be the leaders, not only within CVTC, but within our community. I’m proud of our staff for completing this rigorous training.”