VCCCD Leadership Academy 2019-2020 Cohort 2

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Consider participating in the VCCCD Leadership Academy.  In order to positively affect student success and institutional transformation, our intent is to provide opportunities for professional growth, advancement, and leadership development.

The Leadership Academy will include:

  • Recognizing leadership styles, identify personal strengths, and building teams.
  • Development of strategic planning and communication skills.
  • Working together in a team to develop unique approaches and creative ideas.
  • A review of institutional dynamics both local and system-wide.
  • Learning how to advocate for and implement change in the service of our diverse students and communities.

About the Program

The Leadership Academy is a one-year coordinated leadership development program that brings classified staff, full-time faculty, part-time faculty, and managers together in a supportive environment.

The components of the Academy include:

  • Nine class sessions held once a month between September 2019 and April 2020
  • Interactive team project for solution-based learning
  • Reflective journaling to build contemplation skills
  • Welcome reception
  • Academy Completion Recognition

The Academy sessions are interactive and engaging to better immerse participants in the learning experience.  Because the Chancellor has taken an active role in the design of the Leadership Academy, the curriculum will be tailored to the needs of VCCCD, while still incorporating best practices from other community college leadership programs.  The Chancellor will continue to offer direct guidance throughout the program.

Participants will learn from recognized community leaders including VCCCD faculty, administrators, and executives.  They will have opportunities to interact with community college presidents, state leaders, community partners, and constituents to understand broader community college needs.

Attendees will create an individual professional growth plan and will be required to keep a journal.  During the Team Project module, participants will work in teams with a guide to offer a solution to a problem or issue.  Creative and innovative ideas that come from this module may be implemented at the District.

The Academy will culminate with project presentations and a graduation ceremony.  Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the Academy.


  • Community College Financing/HR Practices
  • Finding Your Strength As A College Leader
  • Leadership Communication
  • Understanding VCCCD Services
  • Leading Diversity, Equity and Student Success
  • Advocacy At Work, and the Board
  • Generating Resources, Creating Effective Internal and External Partnerships
  • Continue Improvement and Data-Informed Decisions
  • Community College Leadership/Crisis and Emergency Management
  • Team Project Presentation

Session Dates

  • Session 1 – October 11, 2019
  • Session 2 – November 8, 2019
  • Session 3 – December 13, 2019
  • Session 4 – January 17, 2020
  • Session 5 - January 24, 2020
  • Session 6 – February 21, 2020
  • Session 7 – March 13, 2020
  • Session 8 – April 3, 2020
  • Session 9 – April 24, 2020

Session Times

  • 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


  • VCCCD, 761 East Daily Road, Camarillo - District Dr. Thomas G. Lakin Boardroom 108
  • Moorpark College
  • Oxnard College
  • Ventura College

*Session Dates, Location, Topics, and Summaries are tentative and subject to change.  Participants will be notified of date changes in advance.

The opportunity to apply to the Leadership Academy is available to all interested classified staff, full-time faculty, part-time faculty, and managers that want to grow their leadership potential and prepare to advance their career.  Applicants must have been with the District for a least one full year, and have some leadership experience on committees, within departments, or other initiatives.  Manager’s approval is part of the application process. The Academy class will be limited to 25 participants.  Applicants selected for admission into the Academy will be expected to commit to the standards developed for the participants of the Academy.  This includes regular attendance and active participation in leadership sessions, reading assigned materials, doing research and homework, and in all other respects meeting expectations of the Academy. Applicants will be required to meet with their group for approximately 3-4 hours per week outside the academy-scheduled hours. To be considered individuals must submit a completed application by June 28, 2019.  Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the Academy by July 12, 2019. Early notification will provide participants with time to read the required reading (book will be provided).Participants will receive release time to attend Academy sessions.  However, participants will have to invest personal time for homework, project, and other assignments.  There is no additional remuneration for participating in the Academy program. Applications will be sent via email to all employees.

2019-2020 VCCCD Leadership Academy Application
Statement of Support Form

For additional information, please contact Patti Blair