ASHEBORO (August 17, 2017)
Applications are being accepted for Randolph Community College’s 11th annual Fountain-Luria Student Leadership Academy.
The SLA has been revamped this year, with new selection criteria and some new segments. Applicants are now required to have completed 24 credit hours with RCC as either a Randolph Early College High School student or a regular RCC student, according to Kelly Heath, chair of the SLA Standing Committee.
“Programmatically, we have made some changes to eliminate topics that did not seem to be connecting with Academy members,” said Heath. “We have added a tools of leadership session (focused on business etiquette, listening skills, professional dress, etc.) as well as sessions on giving back to the community and how to bounce back from mistakes or failure.”
The majority of the Student Leadership Academy sessions will be held on Thursday evenings from 5:30-8 p.m. with two Saturday sessions. The 2017-2018 Academy begins with a lunch session on Saturday, Oct. 7. Additional dates for 2017-18 are Oct. 19, Nov. 9, Jan. 25, Jan. 27, Feb. 15, and a graduation ceremony on Tuesday, March 20. Participants are required to attend all sessions.
Students are selected to attend the Student Leadership Academy through a competitive application process. Interested students must fill out an electronic application form and ask an RCC faculty member to submit a reference form. In addition, applicants will have a brief interview with SLA Committee members. Any curriculum (college credit) student who has completed 24 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher is eligible to apply.
The Academy is named after local leaders Dr. Stuart Fountain and Dr. Alan Luria, who have supported the Student Leadership Academy since its inception in 2008.
Students may obtain detailed information on dates, topics and requirements, plus links to the application and reference forms, at www.randolph.edu/studentleadershipacademy. Applications and reference forms must be received by 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15.