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Emerging Leadership Program

At the College of Lake County, we believe that in addition to achieving academic excellence, students should provide leadership and get involved in activities outside the classroom. The Emerging Leadership Program (ELP) encourages high achieving students to engage in extracurricular activities that foster intellectual and personal growth. Activities promote the development of the characteristics associated with self knowledge, relationships and accountability.

"The Emerging Leader's Program was a priceless experience. Getting involved is everything!"
- Daria Constantinescu   

Learning Outcomes

  • Emerging Leaders will know about the world of work including career possibilities, how to search for jobs, how to prepare resumes, and professional expectations.
  • Emerging Leaders will gain the ability to work collaboratively, the ability to lead, the ability to deal with others, and the ability to speak in public.
  • Emerging Leaders will be autonomous, self-directed, and capable of independent thought and will be able to take initiative and responsibility for their own affairs and learning.
  • Emerging Leaders will be able to communicate effectively in both verbal and nonverbal modes and in either personal, academic, or professional contexts; will be able to organize ideas coherently and successfully articulate information to diverse audiences.
  • Emerging Leaders will exhibit self-efficacy and self-regulatory behavior including decision– making abilities, organizational skills such as time management, budgeting, being able to accurately assess self and set personal goals.
  • Emerging Leaders will have a sense of purpose that includes life goals and an awareness of the work one will do after college.

"Attending the conference and completing the Emerging Leaders Program was one of the best choices I have made at CLC. I encourage new and current students to be part of this program."
- Jossimar Jimenez   


To earn the Emerging Leadership designation on a co-curricular transcript, students must complete all program requirements.

  • Must be a CLC student taking credited classes and have a 3.0 G.P.A. or be an incoming Freshman.
  • Fill out an Emerging Leaders application and sign the contract. (pick up in Student Activities, C101).
  • Attend the CLC Emerging Leaders Conference (no cost for the student if they complete the ELP), or a pre-approved additional Leadership conference.
  • Spring 2009 Student Activities BanquetVolunteer for (4) hours at any Student Activities event.
  • Attend four out of many educational workshops and speakers in the Fall and Spring Semester. A Career and Placement workshop may be substituted for an educational workshop. Pre-approval and documentation is required.
  • Complete the Peer Mentor Training (three sessions).

ELP Workshops and Speakers

Students must attend a four workshop or speaker presentations. Workshops and Speakers are offered numerous times during the year.

— 2011-12 Workshops TBA —

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To apply, submit the following:

  • Application
  • College Transcripts (if you are an incoming freshman, submit high school transcripts)
  • Submit (typed) the answers to the three questions listed on the application.

Visit the Student Life office for more information.


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