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College receives $50,000 grant for NVC Leadership Academy

College receives $50,000 grant

For NVC Leadership Academy


          Napa Valley College has been selected to receive a $50,000 California Community Colleges Leadership Development award to fund its NVC Leadership Academy.

          "Your proposal . . . proved to be among the most competitive in a large pool of applicants," said Theresa Tena, vice chancellor with the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, in a Nov. 1 letter to the college.

          "The grant will be used to develop stronger curriculum, enhanced materials and website, expand availability for more participants and offer a training class for master trainers," said Dr. Ron Kraft, the college president.

          Designed to develop a leadership culture among faculty, classified staff, students and administration, the Academy program was offered twice in 2015-16 to 40 participants and is being offered in 2016-17 to about 48 attendees.

          Additionally, according to Ken Arnold, the Administrative Senate President and co-author of the Academy grant, ". . .the college will develop and train six to eight individuals as master trainers, responsible for continuing the next level of the Leadership Academy as a central part of the college culture."

          Offered twice a year (one this fall, one next spring) in eight, two-hour sessions, the Academy covers leadership fundamentals, teamwork and cooperation, communications, positive conflict, opportunity thinking, inspired leadership, acting for leadership and creating change.

          The Academy was created to foster the development of visionary, innovative and creative leaders and promote the development of "agents of institutional innovation and change."

          It provides individuals who want to be leaders the opportunity to assess current leadership skills, develop new skills and tools and build confidence to "vault to their future."