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PCC staff and faculty participate in leadership development program

10 September 2018

Two Pratt Community College support staff members have been accepted into the Kansas Community College Leadership Institute (KCCLI) program. Amy Jackson, director of the student success center, and Carol Ricke, business instructor, are among the participants across the state selected after nominations by their institutions.
KCCLI is a nine-month leadership development program sponsored by the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees (KACCT) and is designed for individuals in the Kansas community college system who aspire to expand their professional development or move into new leadership roles.

“I am honored by the opportunity to participate in KCCLI,” said Jackson. “I hope to broaden my knowledge of the Kansas Community College system and also gain a network of peers who relate to my experiences at Pratt Community College. I believe participation in this program will support and promote my growth as a leader.”  

Participants will meet one weekend a month between August and April at various community colleges around the state in interactive sessions over a broad array of topics including but not limited to characteristics of effective leaders and personal leadership styles, higher education and the Kansas system, assessing personal strengths, working effectively with internal and external stakeholders, managing change and conflict, cultural diversity in the workplace, media relations, power and politics, effective communication; strategic planning, collaboration, and fundraising. Pratt Community College will host the December session.

In April of this year PCC employees Kim Hansen, nursing director, and Christy Wright, controller, completed the eight month program. Wright says the experience was eye opening and full of information.

“The KCCLI experience was like drinking from a fire hose,” said Wright. “The days were packed with information but the program is so well put together to help us learn about the Community College as a whole system in Kansas. Being able to network with others in our same positions or totally different positions allowed me to see the big picture of what goes on day in and day out around here.”

The leadership program aims to create a networking system as well as create access to best practices and professional development experiences for Kansas community college administrators, faculty and staff. KACCT intends to help participants understand the current structure of higher education and the key functions of a comprehensive community college.

KACCT is based in Topeka with a mission of building better futures through cooperation, collaboration and communication in advocating on behalf of community colleges to better serve Kansas constituencies.