Leadership Program

Mission Statement

The mission of the Student Leadership Program is to provide students with educational opportunities to explore, identify, develop and enhance their leadership potential. Students will work to attain the skills needed to fulfill their responsibilities as citizens of the college community. Additionally, students are encouraged to seek positions within the community at large where their leadership skills can continue to be developed and used to advance the mission and goals of any organization, thus contributing to the process of life-long learning.

My Story, My College, My Community

All students are encouraged to apply to the Student Professional Development & Leadership Program. This program is an excellent opportunity to continue to develop your leadership skills and network with the other leaders on campus. All students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in order to apply to the leadership program and/or attend professional conferences.

View photos and student testimonials from previous leadership students in the 10th Anniversary Program booklet - PDF 1.59 MB

Are You Interested in Developing Your Leadership Skills?

RACC offers an excellent opportunity available to students who are interested in learning how to become leaders. The Student Professional Development & Leadership Program is a year-long learning curriculum that offers educational opportunities to explore, identify, develop and enhance their leadership potential. The program has four main components and kicks off with the Spring Leadership Retreat Weekend, followed by a Summer Leadership Institute, Fall Leadership Retreat Weekend and a Winter Leadership Institute.

While we encourage you to attend the entire program to gain the most from this experience, you may choose individual components, as appropriate for your schedule and interests as long as there are openings available. Students who attend a session will be given preference for the next session.

All students who are accepted into the leadership program will receive a full scholarship to cover costs of the program/component. We also offer the opportunity to win some great prizes throughout the year.

For more information, please contact Sue Gelsinger or call 610-372-4721, extension 5206 or stop by the Student Union Building (SUB) 112.

Eligibility

Students interested in applying to the Student Professional Development & Leadership Program must meet the following criteria:

  • have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
  • be a current credit student.*
  • submit a completed faculty recommendation form from a faculty member whose class you have taken (required for first-time applicants).
  • submit a completed leadership program application (required for first-time applicants).
  • submit a short essay (required for first-time applicants).
  • attend a mandatory information session (required for retreats).

*New students beginning summer session may be accepted into the summer program - eligibility for the Fall Retreat will be based on summer session GPA. New students in fall semester will be required to enroll in a Pre-Fall College Success Strategies course, ORI 102, to be considered for the Fall Leadership Retreat.

2014-2015 Leadership Program

Summer Leadership Institute (Fridays from July 11 to August 8, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

Six Fridays every summer are devoted to the Student Leadership Institute in the Student Union Building. Sessions run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. with a continental breakfast and lunch included. The focus for the summer institute will be self-leadership, interpersonal skills, team building, conflict resolution and reflections. You must commit to a minimum of four of the six sessions to qualify for acceptance. Attending all six sessions is optimal, and there will be a special drawing for students who attend the entire Institute.

Fall Leadership Retreat Weekend (Camp Conrad Weiser, Sept. 26-28)

Join us for a weekend of leadership including challenging and fun ways to learn. The focus of the weekend is effective communication, time management, balancing work, school and family and participation in the adventure challenge course. A bus will transport you from RACC to camp. A mandatory information session will be held to share details and answer questions. You will complete your paperwork for camp at that time. Information on what to bring and contact details will be provided.

Deadline to apply for the Fall Leadership Retreat is Sept. 5.

Winter Leadership Institute (Jan. 5-7, 2015)

The three-day event is part of the College’s Leadership Program that offers educational opportunities for students to develop and enhance their leadership potential. This year’s Winter Leadership Institute includes stress management techniques, such as yoga, as well as sessions on building communities, diversity and serving your community. Snow dates will be Jan. 8-9, 2015.

Spring Leadership Retreat Weekend

Join us for a weekend of leadership including challenging and fun ways to learn. The focus of the weekend is effective communication, individual and group growth and participation in the adventure challenge course. A bus will transport you from RACC to camp. A mandatory information session will be held to share details and answer questions. You will complete your paperwork for camp at that time. Information on what to bring and contact details will be provided.

This retreat is the "official" start to the year-long leadership program.