GAINESVILLE – North Central Texas College hosted community college administrators and staff from all over North Texas on Feb. 21 for a special workshop aimed at enhancing their leadership skills.
Around 50 members of the Consortium Leadership and Renewal Academy (CLARA) leadership class were on the NCTC campus for a day-long workshop.
NCTC staff who participated in the workshop included Amy Klohn, the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Coordinator, and Mary Martinson, the Director of Student Success.
NCTC administrators who spoke to the group included President Dr. Eddie Hadlock, Vice-President of Instruction Dr. Brent Wallace, and Associate Vice-President of Academic Partnerships Dr. Emily Klement.
“We had the opportunity to hear from leaders at NCTC about their personal experiences and challenges in higher education leadership,” Klohn said. “This was not only inspirational, but motivating and encouraging. During the workshops, we also had the opportunity to work with other community colleges to develop and enhance our shared vision and future possibilities for higher education and student success. It is very exciting.”
CLARA is a year-long regional leadership information, development and renewal program created for the member institutions of the North Texas Community College Consortium.
It serves entry-level and mid-level administrators who desire to improve their leadership and management abilities, update their knowledge, upgrade their skills, broaden their perspectives, prepare themselves for administrative advancement, and renew their commitment to higher education in the community college. It is also designed for faculty members and others interested in exploring careers in administration.
CLARA has been designed especially to benefit those serving as program coordinators, division and department chairs, deans, directors, and others in comparable roles. The program is open to professionals in instruction, student development, business services, continuing education, workforce development, libraries and media, research and planning, resource development, professional development, human resources, learning resources, public information, facilities management, and other college areas. It will also prove helpful to faculty members wishing to explore community college administration as a possible career.
“Hosting the CLARA class on the Gainesville campus was a huge success,” Martinson added. “Being a part of the leadership program has been a fun experience, and has helped me to renew my passion for the community college mission.”