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What is the AVC Leadership Academy?

The AVC Leadership Academy is a yearlong leadership development program created to bring classified staff, CMS staff, faculty, and student leaders together in a supportive environment with the opportunity to develop a broader foundational understanding of the role and operation of Antelope Valley College.

The program focuses on encouraging leadership growth for those who are interested in seeking to ascend into management roles within their constituent groups or in other areas of the college. Participants gain essential core knowledge for leadership and practical tools for improving performance and networking in the workplace. The graduating Leadership Academy class is responsible for assisting in the development of the curriculum for the following year and participates in the selection of the next year's Academy members.

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The deadline to apply is Friday, May 17, 2024.

The components of the Academy include:

  • Eight class sessions held once a month between August and March 
  • The final session in April will include an interactive team project presentation 
  • A review of institutional dynamics both local and system-wide
  • Recognizing leadership styles and identifying personal strengths and challenges
  • Learn how to advocate for and implement change in the service of our diverse students and communities
  • Development of strategic planning, communication skills, and building effective teams and network of mutual support
  • Working together in a team to develop unique approaches and creative ideas
  • Academy completion recognition

Those selected for the AVC Leadership Academy will participate in a sequence of seminars that will include internal and external speakers, presentations, and interactive learning sessions. The curriculum will be based on the college mission and how it is currently accomplished. Leadership, communications, and planning strategies will be addressed and discussed within each session.

AVC Mission

"Antelope Valley College, a public institution of higher education, provides a quality, comprehensive education to a diverse population of learners. We are committed to student success offering value and opportunity, in service to our community."

Who is eligible?

The Academy will include members from each of the AVC constituent groups below:

  • Full-time Faculty
  • Confidential Management and Supervisory Staff
  • Classified Staff
  • Student Leaders

Note: Faculty will receive conference attendance credit for Faculty Professional Development (40 hours). Confidential,  Management, Supervisory, and Classified staff will be released from work for the session or will need to adjust their workweek schedule during the weeks of the academy sessions.

What is the timing and time commitment?

The Academy sessions will be held once per month on the third or fourth Friday of each month from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. It is expected that each participant is present for every session.  The final session in April may be a two-day session on Friday and Saturday.

Sample Academy Session Topics:

  • Community Role of the College
  • Planning
  • Services of the College
  • Leadership Styles
  • Ethics and Challenges
  • Developing Leadership Skills
  • Creating Partnerships
  • Leading Change
  • Advocacy at Work

Tentative 2024-2025 Leadership Academy Session Dates:

  • August 23, 2024
  • September 20, 2024
  • October 18, 2024
  • November 22, 2024
  • December 20, 2024
  • January 24, 2025
  • February 28, 2025
  • March 21, 2025
  • April 18-19, 2025

Apply Now

The deadline to apply is Friday, May 17, 2024.