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Organizational Development offers three leadership development programs for employees. These include the Leadership Academy, the Leadership Excellence and Administrative Development Institute (LSC-LEAD), and the Leadership Education Advancement Program (LSC-LEAP).

The Leadership Academy

2015 academy fellows
2015 Academy Fellows

The Leadership Academy prepares employees for future service to the success of our students, the college, and our local and global communities through opportunities that grow, support, and celebrate our current and emerging leaders. The Leadership Academy provides participants with a relevant and engaging curriculum, strategic coaching, feedback and guidance, meaningful opportunities for self-discovery, reflection and application, and enriching networking experiences.

In addition, employees in the Leadership Academy have opportunities to participate in mentoring and coaching experiences as well as group projects, including a fundraising activity to support student scholarships through the LSC Office of Advancement Gala. Fellows find The Academy an opportunity to join in some fun with their Lone Star College colleagues as they grow, support and celebrate together.

Learning Outcomes: Participants will be able to:

  • develop skills in leadership, collaboration, problem solving, strategic thinking, and personal awareness
  • define their view of the college within the communities we serve
  • formulate meaningful networks and/or collaborative partnerships across disciplines, departments, colleges and communities
  • augment their ability to think critically, solve problems, and facilitate change
  • value the rich diversity within our college and community
  • construct solutions to real challenges and opportunities facing Lone Star College
  • develop and establish a value-driven and ethical framework for leadership
  • grow their understanding of leadership, higher education administration, and organizational structure
  • lead from where they are

Eligibility: Exempt employees with two consecutive years of full-time experience within Lone Star College are eligible to apply. Approximately 25-30 participants are selected annually.

Academy Alumni Association

After graduating from the Leadership Academy, employees automatically become members of the Academy Alumni Association. Each year, alumni have the opportunity to sign up for a one-day leadership retreat, volunteer to assist with program recruitment, and participate in a service project to benefit our local community.

Alumni Membership Benefits: Faculty and staff graduates of the Academy have opportunities to improve their leadership skills through professional development, networking, and community outreach. Alumni members are also encouraged to be active advocates in recruiting applicants for the next Leadership Academy class and assisting with the promotion of the Leadership Academy mission.

Leadership Excellence & Administrative Development Institute

The Leadership Excellence and Administrative Development Institute (LSC-LEAD) is designed to develop and continuously improve the knowledge, skills, and abilities of Lone Star College administrators. In an environment of retiring CEOs and applicant pools prepared to lead, it is more important than ever that we invest in the development of emerging leaders within Lone Star College.

LSC-LEAD provides participants with a relevant and engaging curriculum, mentoring opportunities, and experiential application of skills and abilities required to be an effective administrator at Lone Star College.

LSC-LEAD addresses competencies required for administrators to respond to complex issues that arise within Lone Star College. This is a 44-hour development program distributed over the fall semester of each year with an experiential capstone project and coaching opportunity to be completed during the spring semester.

Learning Outcomes: Participants will sustain the mission of Lone Star College by being able to:

  • review community college history, higher education administration, and organizational structure
  • understand and promote the mission, vision, values, and goals of Lone Star College
  • cultivate a positive campus climate and culture
  • develop and maintain responsive, cooperative, mutually beneficial, and ethical internal and external relationships that nurture diversity and promote the success of all students and employees
  • evaluate trends in demographics, technology, and society that impact Lone Star College
  • construct solutions to challenges and opportunities facing Lone Star College
  • illustrate the ability to think critically, solve problems, and facilitate change
  • employ clear communication skills that include listening, speaking, and writing to engage in honest, open dialogue at all levels of the college and its surrounding community
  • demonstrate team member skills needed to work collaboratively and effectively with others
  • advocate for the mission, vision, and goals of the community college on the local, state, and national level

Leadership Education Advancement Program

Leadership Education Advancement Program (LSC-LEAP) is a leadership and career development program for non-exempt staff members across Lone Star College. The program will commence in the spring 2016 semester with selected participants from across all locations. The curriculum will focus on personal leadership development while also providing a focus on career advancement. Ultimately, the goal of LSC-LEAP is to provide non-exempt staff with engaging learning opportunities that lead to advancement at Lone Star College.