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OJC Press Release ID: 2467

Monday, February 15, 2016

PLP attends weekend of leadership at CLA Summit in Denver

Otero Junior College’s President’s Leadership Program strives to develop the future leaders on a community, state and national level. The Otero Junior College PLP scholars attended the Colorado Leadership Alliance Summit January 30, hosted at CU-Denver.

The Colorado Leadership Alliance (CLA) is a leadership program for college students. The program includes leadership education programs at 13 Colorado universities that equip students with skills for civic engagement and career success and connects students to Denver leaders through the annual CLA Summit. This is the fourth year that
OJC has attended alongside other universities. OJC was once again the only junior college in attendance.

Each year, OJC PLP members take away something new from this experience, learn from other leaders around Colorado, collaborate with students with other leadership styles, and grow individually and as a team as leaders. The students will be applying what was learned in future events and projects hosted by PLP and other activities they are a part of, and will carry it with them long after they leave OJC.

Twenty- one members attended this year’s conference including first year members, Adriana Coniker, Kyrah Guerin, Savannah Bernal, Elin Ekdahl, Kelsey England, Chealsea Lewis, Isaac Aragon, Tapiwa Magate, Delaney Gaddis, Kassady Wright, Mary Sand, Lindsey Tatum, Evan Maecker, Thalya Dwyer, Devin Camacho, Chance Abert, Ryan Blasberg, June Martinez and Daniel Bustamante. Second year students who attended were Lacey Darnell and Chloe Nolan.

The summit helped members connect with leaders from around the state. One of the main events that takes place at CLA Summit is the Mentorship Walk, in which a group of students are paired with a community leader. While walking around the campus, students are able to discuss life goals with their mentor as well as ask questions. This is a favorite activity of many students as it provides an opportunity to put their leadership training into perspective and open their eyes to where their leadership skills can take them in the future.

For more information on the President’s Leadership Program at OJC, contact Samme Ormiston, PLP director at 719-384-6850 or

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The 2016 President’s Leadership Program scholars at the Colorado Leadership Conference in Denver.