The President's Leadership Program (PLP) at Otero Junior College is currently accepting applications for the 2018 – 2019 academic year.
The President’s Leadership Program (PLP) at Otero Junior College is currently accepting applications for the 2018 – 2019 academic year. Scholarships may be awarded to leadership scholars who are selected through a competitive process for the program. To apply online visit the OJC website at www.ojc.edu. The deadline for scholarships at OJC this year is April 2.
Samme Ormiston, OJC business technology faculty, is director of the leadership program. According to Ormiston, the goal of the PLP is to develop and train emerging leaders at Otero Junior College through an academic leadership program that is focused on field experience, service, and experiential learning. Students accepted into the program will earn an academic certificate in Leadership Studies in conjunction with an associate’s degree.
The Certificate in Leadership Studies includes, 12-credit hours of study that includes two 3-credit hour core leadership courses and two additional elective courses from a wide variety of academic programs on campus. The required 3-credit leadership core courses taught by Ormiston will include:
1) Management 224: Leadership – offered during Fall Semester.
2) Management 287: Cooperative Education/Leadership – offered during Spring Semester.
“In addition to earning a certificate in Leadership Studies at OJC, we have also been able to align our program with similar programs at four-year colleges in Colorado, thus creating the opportunity for students to seamlessly transfer into those programs and minor in leadership after leaving OJC,” said Ormiston.
The second aspect of the Leadership Certificate is service learning experience. “The program places an emphasis on community service and civic engagement in order to help scholars develop a social awareness, civic responsibility, and interconnectedness,” explained Ormiston.
PLP alum David Olatunji said, “I truly loved the service learning experience. It gave me the opportunity to learn more about the community and interact with people that I normally would not encounter on a daily basis. It also enhanced my discipline and work ethic.”
Ormiston believes scholars have ample opportunity to participate in experiential learning activities. PLP scholars will learn about leadership through numerous hands-on experiences. Experiences will vary each year and could include such activities such as annual leadership workshops and conferences, lectures from recognized leaders, and opportunities for leadership positions on campus and in the community. “This year members had the opportunity to work with leaders from across the nation and have learned valuable life lessons from a variety of reputable sources,” said Ormiston.
Scholarship selection will be based on leadership potential, intellectual curiosity, commitment to something outside one’s self, and successful interview participation. A minimum of a 3.2 cumulative high school or college grade point average is recommended. Scholars must have the intent to earn an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree at OJC. All scholars will be chosen based upon:
• Completed written application that includes an essay question and examples of leadership and service experiences
• Two letters of recommendation
• High School or college unofficial transcripts
• Personal interview