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Emerging Leader: Level 1

The goal of the Emerging Leader Program is to enhance student leadership skills and set them on the path to lifelong success. Level 1 of the Program requires 25 hours to complete. Participants who successfully complete this level will be eligible to continue on to Level II of the Program.

Students Who Complete Level I Will:

  • Become familiar with student success services offered by the College.
  • Identify personal leadership traits and learn how to interact with other leaders in a team setting.
  • Build business interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrate leadership ability by carrying out a team project that serves the student body.
  • Set and commit to a personal plan for success at Oakton.
  • Build relationships with other students.
  • Participate in an incoming and exit evaluation of leadership development and program evaluation.

Program Activities/Requirements (approximately 25 hours):

    • Attend five 1.5 hour mandatory meetings focused on building leadership skills and devleloping a personal plan for success.
    • Attend eight presentations or workshops (from a list of about 20 provided) offered by various College departments on leadership, college, and life success skills.*
    • Complete the DiSC inventory to learn about your leadership style.
    • Work with up to three other students to organize a simple event, which could include voter registration, information efforts for charitable causes, or any similar, approved event chosen by the team.
    • Serve as a volunteer on two occasions for a College program, service, or student life event. 
    • Develop a personal plan for engagement and student success.

      *Participating in Oakton’s Journey Program? Many Passport Program workshops for new students count as part of your leadership certification!

      Awards for Successful Completion of Level 1:

      • A $50 gift card to the Oakton bookstore
      • A framed program completion certificate
      • Recognition at the spring Student Leadership Banquet.

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From working with homeless children to her current position, Sheila Maloney throws her heart into early childhood education.

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