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OJC Press Release ID: 3008


Tuesday, March 10, 2020

OJC’s President’s Leadership Program Accepting Scholarship Applications

 

The President’s Leadership Program (PLP) at Otero Junior College is currently accepting applications for the 2020 – 2021 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 1, 2020.

Samme Ormiston, OJC business 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 Fall Semester

2. Management 287: Cooperative Education/Leadership – offered 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.

According to PLP member, Tressa Reed, “My service opportunities have been so rewarding! My favorite one was coaching a recreational basketball team for third and fourth grade girls. I thought I wanted to be a teacher and after spending time with them, I definitely want to be.”

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 world,” 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

“PLP is a chance to improve yourself, not only socially and emotionally, but intellectually as well. I believe that PLP is a wonderful building block for the foundation of my future,” stated member, McKensie Avens.

For more information, contact: Samme Ormiston, President’s Leadership Program Director, 1802 Colorado Ave., La Junta, CO 81050, 719-384-6850 or Samme.Ormiston@ojc.edu.

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The President’s Leadership Program (PLP) at Otero Junior College is currently accepting applications for the 2020 – 2021 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 1, 2020.







 

 

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