Leadership Certificate Program

LCP Overview

GC students learn the principles of effective leadership by examining leadership models and ideas, acquiring hands-on leadership practice, assessing and building leadership strengths and abilities, reflecting on the past leadership experiences, pursuing present leadership opportunities, and preparing for the future leadership challenges.

The LCP is a year-long program experience completed by students as a cohort. Interested students must gain acceptance to the program through the application process described below. Rising sophomore, junior and senior students from all disciplines are invited to apply. Accepted students take LEAD 2010: Principles of Leadership I during fall 2017 and LEAD 2011: Principles of Leadership II during spring 2018, as well as participate in leadership and professional development events and activities throughout the year.

LEAD courses include: reflection exercises and action plans; leadership models and theories; leadership assessment inventories; team-based initiatives; TED Talk discussions; book circles; leadership workshops and presentations given by guest facilitators and speakers; a leadership practicum project; a personal philosophy of leadership capstone presentation; etc.

Program events and activities include: challenge-course programs; community-based service projects; leadership conferences; leadership forums with visiting executives; presentations by visiting lecturers; leadership workshops; discussions on community, state, national, and global issues; professional and career development opportunities; etc.

Students who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate at an end-of-the-year recognition ceremony and a medallion to be worn at graduation.

"Leadership is action, not position." -Donald H. McGannon
This program is designed to challenge and support students at a range of experience levels - from those who already have a great deal of experience to those who have little to none. That being said, we want to make it clear that no leadership experience, past leadership positions, or formal titles are necessary to apply. We believe that leadership can be practiced by anyone who has the opportunity to work with others to achieve shared goals, and that anyone who is willing to commit effort toward improvement can strengthen their leadership skill set. We aim to meet people wherever they are in their leadership development journey, whether they are taking their first steps or already have many miles behind them.

Application Deadlines, Qualifications, and Instructions
 

  • Application Deadline for LCP 2017-18 for Returning GC Students: March 3, 2017
  • Application Deadline for LCP 2017-18 for Transfer Students: July 31, 2017


To qualify for participation, students must:

  • be of sophomore, junior, or senior standing by the anticipated start of their program experience
  • be willing and able to take LEAD 2010: Principles of Leadership I during the fall semester of their participation - tentatively scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am-12:15pm, 3 credit hours
  • be willing and able to take LEAD 2011: Principles of Leadership II during the spring semester of their participation - tentatively scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am-12:15pm, 3 credit hours
  • be willing and able to participate in leadership and professional development events and activities both fall and spring semesters of their participation, some of which may take place outside regular class times
  • be committed to maintaining good Academic Standing and abiding by the GC Honor Code


To apply, complete and submit the LCP Application found below.

https://orgsync.com/16485/forms/221407

Returning students will be notified of their application status by March 13. Transfer students will be notified by August 7.

Contact

If you have questions about the program or application process, please contact:

Erin Weston | Interim-Coordinator of Leadership Programs
Center for Student Success | Lanier Hall 206
(478) 445-1227 | erin.weston@gcsu.edu | CBX 128