The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

December 10, 2012

Bridgemont CTC students attend national leadership conference

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida — Funded by a FIPSE/I-PASS grant, Tracy Adkins, Michael Deering, Jeremy Lowe, and Rod Wills, students at Bridgemont Community Technical College in Montgomery, were selected to  attend the National Center for Student Leadership Conference (NCSL) in Lake Buena Vista.  The NCSL Fall 2012 conference was attended by over 600 students from 114 colleges and universities from across the United States and around the world, including Hawaii, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Guam.  Accompanying the students were advisors Connie Morris Fox, James Hughey, and Amanda McClellan.

In addition to the regular conference activities, students chose to participate in and receive Certified Student Leader® (CSL) credentials. During the credentialing process, students were shown not just how to lead, but how to lead well. They developed a strategic plan to bring an idea to life on their campus, how to resolve conflict, build consensus, lead with integrity, create community, motivate and empower people and themselves — lessons that last a lifetime.

The students worked in teams with others from around the country and the world to generate and develop ideas, to formulate a vision, to set goals, and to devise an action plan for something that will enhance their campus.

For tens of thousands of students since 1978, National College Student Leadership has been providing leadership development opportunities for college student leaders and their advisors across the country and around the world.  The conference learning outcomes were to identify areas of personal leadership strength and areas for enhancement; learn skills that enhance effective and meaningful communication between individuals, within groups, and in their community; learn skills and techniques that enhance personal success as well as the mission of the student’s organization and campus; identify concrete tools and skills that promote creative, effective, and efficient administrative operations for all types of groups; learn the importance of networking with peers to reach common goals; and develop an awareness of personal values that guide actions on campus and beyond.

Each spring and fall, student leaders and their advisors gather at NCSL for the opportunity to develop their leadership skills. The 74th NCSL conference will take place in Boston, Mass., from April 4-7, 2013.

Bridgemont awards one-year certificates and two-year associate degrees in many fields including engineering technology, advanced manufacturing, business and health management, dental hygiene, diesel technology, computer information technology, digital design and welding. Customized training is available at both the Montgomery and South Charleston campuses, or at company sites through the workforce development unit.