The 11th annual Kaskaskia College Leadership Institute graduation was held on Thursday May 1st in the Lifelong Learning Center. The Leadership Institute is an opportunity for all Kaskaskia College faculty and staff to learn about various aspects of leadership and the college. The yearlong class focuses on leadership theory, principles and applications.
The class is facilitated by Kaskaskia College President Dr. Jim Underwood and past program graduates in a group discussion format. Leadership theory is applied to various topics including problem solving, core values, organizational structure, and student success. The informal setting provides a unique environment for college employees to interact with peers and college administrators. Participants are encouraged to discuss topics and relate those principles to their work experiences. This interaction strengthens valuable and productive relationships among the students and facilitators.
A highlight of the class is a day trip to Springfield Illinois. Underwood and the leadership students visit the capital and spend time discussing higher education issues with local legislators. The trip is an important part of building relationships with local legislators, and provides the students with a first-hand look at the legislative process. The visit to the capital is followed by a group luncheon and an afternoon at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
This course is a valuable tool for Kaskaskia College employees to sharpen and maintain their leadership skills.
“Through the Leadership Institute at Kaskaskia College, we are committed to preparing faculty and staff members for leadership positions in an effort to promote upward mobility and to expand the skills of our current personnel in leadership roles,” stated Dr. Jim Underwood, Kaskaskia College President. The KC Leadership Institute was established in September 2003.
“The Leadership Institute provided a wonderful environment for gaining leadership skills and participate in case studies,” said Cydney Richardson, Institute Coordinator. The leadership series served as a personal growth program as well as an opportunity for participants to apply learned theories. Participants further gained valuable skills and knowledge from the shared expressions of college leaders.
KC staff who attended the Leadership Institute were Cassandra McKay, Enrollment Specialist; Chuck Harris, Marketing Assistant; Brittany Garrett, Title III Technology Support Specialist; Angie Sharp, TRiO/Student Support Services Administrative Assistant; Lori Schmidt, Dental Assisting Professor; Cynthia Webber, Coordinator of Student Success Programs, Title III Activities Coordinator and Adjunct English Instructor; Fran Windler, Student Recruitment Specialist; Christin Dalavaris, Retention Specialist; Tina Horton, Accountant; Travis Turley, Data Communications Specialist; Lauri Dougherty, Data/Budget Analyst of Adult Education and Literacy; Mark Vogel, TANF Job Placement Coordinator, and Janet Garretson, Dean of Nursing.