Helping individuals grow as leaders is a major goal of the MCCB. Formal leadership programs are offered to support and enhance the development of future community college leaders.
Career Technical Education Leadership Academy
The annual Career Technical Education (CTE) Leadership Academy features small class sizes and offers practical and hands-on experience that align with clear, research-based standards for statewide professional career technical administrators. The Leadership Academy is designed to develop leadership skills with a focus on topics such as Building Employee Morale, Coaching & Conflict Resolutions, Community College Budget, Difficult Conversations, Effective Communication, Ethics in the Workplace, Keys to Happiness as Leaders, Legislative Process, Personality Profiles, Return on Investment, and Socioeconomic Impact on Lower Income College Students. Various delivery methods are utilized including book reviews, collaborative discussions, legislative session attendance, outdoor challenge course participation, and in-person sessions in July, October, and February. A completion and pinning ceremony is held each year in April.
The Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy was developed in the spring of 2009 to address the projected need for upper-level leaders in the Mississippi community college system. MCCLA provides an opportunity for selected administrative employees to sharpen their supervisory, management, and leadership skills and help prepare participants for future leadership roles. MCCLA participants are selected through a nomination process. MCCLA classes are held from June until May of the following year.