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ELLY GRIMM
• Leader & Times



Those looking to take more initiative in leadership positions will soon have the opportunity to learn how to do just that thanks to Seward County Community College’s Business and Industry department. 

Sign-ups are currently being taken for the 2018 LEAD class. The kick-off banquet will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, with the actual class sessions (six in total) being from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 12 and 25, Feb. 8 and 22, and March 8 and 22, with all the sessions taking place in Room SU214 in the SCCC Student Union building. The graduation banquet will then take place from 6 to 8 p.m. March 22. 

“It’s a great opportunity for anybody from level one all the way up to senior management to help expand knowledge and get more tools in their toolbox as far as leadership, what the process is for planning an idea and putting it together and then following through,” LEAD Chair Stewart Cauble said. “It gives you those individual tools to help expand your role and how to deal with people on a day-to-day basis. It’s really a process you go through”

“When people sign up for this, it’s not one of those situations where people say ‘My supervisor sent me,’ or ‘I’m taking this because of work,’” Business and Industry Director Norma Jean Dodge added. “It really does apply in any situation, whether you’re working as a board member for the school district or an advisory committee of some type or if you’re serving on your church board. It’s helping the whole team working together.”

While the class’s projects have not yet been decided (as the class is currently in the sign-up phase), both Dodge and Cauble expressed excitement about the 2018 LEAD class, again emphasizing how the sessions are a great opportunity. 

“I’m hoping they’ll show up with an open mind and be ready to work and learn,” Cauble said. “There’s also some great networking tools as well and anyone can do this.”

“When they come to LEAD, there’s going to be a lot of different approaches our facilitators are going to use toward the different learning styles everyone has,” Dodge added. “Everything we do has a reason, so when they go through the process, they’ll start thinking ‘I completely understand that!’”

Dodge added turnout for the LEAD sessions has been great in past years. 

“We’ve had about 18 to 25 people enrolled from around the community, which is a great number and that’s our goal to get that many so all the different activities can be done,” Dodge said. “To sign up for the 2018 class, they can go either online through the SCCC Web site or call Stu personally. But the easiest way would be to go through the LEAD site, which is lead2018.eventbrite.com, and we also have a Facebook page called LEAD Liberal. Mike Collins has taken over some of that, he’s actually been through the class before and he’s put up some videos and all that on there.”

Both Dodge and Cauble also expressed excitement for the upcoming sessions. 

“It’s a time for new opportunities, you always get fresh ideas when you get that many people together thinking about common interests and all those different perspectives,” Cauble added. 

The cost for the LEAD program is $300 per person and Dodge said with the online application, there is  typically an offer for two or three half-off tuitions but those are a first-come-first serve basis. Encouragement was offered for those interested in taking part in the sessions.

“I would also encourage any LEAD alumni, if they know anyone who hasn’t been through the program, to steer them toward the Facebook page or Web site to be part of the LEAD program,” Dodge said. “I like seeing everyone’s excitement when they’re done with the class and how on fire they are to get more involved in their organizations. Even if I, for example, were to retake the class, there’s that feeling of rejuvenation and they get so excited about what they want to take back to their co-workers or fellow board members.”

 

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