Monday, September 23, 2013

NEW Community College Leadership Graduate Certificate Program at UMKC

By: Janelle Laudick, The University of Missouri – Kansas City

The University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) School of Education has partnered with the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) College of Education to offer a new graduate certificate program for educators interested in furthering their careers in the community college setting.  The Community College Leadership Graduate Certificate Program is a collaborative program, offered completely online to educators across the state of Missouri and beyond. 
The Graduate Certificate in Community College Leadership provides opportunities for candidates to gain knowledge, skills, and competencies essential to their career and professional development as leaders in higher education settings, specifically in community colleges.  It is designed to incorporate skills and competencies that include organizational strategy, resource management, communication, collaboration, community college advocacy, and professionalism.  The certificate requires completion of six online courses (18 credit hours) which also includes a self-designed internship experience. 
Both UMKC and UMSL are accepting applications to this program, and will admit new students each Fall and Spring semester.  For more information on the certificate program curriculum or the application process, please visit the UMKC program web page:
UMKC School of Education Sponsors 2013 MoCPA Support Staff Drive-In Conference
Attendees from the across the state gathered on Monday, June 3rd to share information and learn from one another as professional colleagues at Pierson Auditorium, located in the new UMKC Atterbury Student Success Center. If you were not able to attend the 2013 MoCPA Support Staff Drive-In Conference this year, you surely were missed!  With over 80 professional attendees, the event was a great success and we thank our co-sponsors: the UMKC School of Education and the UMKC Office of Student Involvement for their support. 
This year’s Drive-In Conference theme was “BRICKS: Building Retention by Igniting Commitment, Knowledge and Service.” Robert N. Page, Jr. (MCC Penn Valley) opened the event as the breakfast keynote speaker, followed by Tiffany Williams (UMKC) at the lunch hour, and Dr. Tim Crowley (St. Joseph, MO) closed the day’s events with his keynote address. Between keynote presentations, attendees were able to learn from one another during 24 different educational sessions, all focused on the conference theme. 
“We were excited to be able to have MoCPA’s event at the UMKC Campus, and to serve as a sponsor of the event. We enjoyed the opportunity to support the Missouri College Personnel  Association, and we hope that our guests enjoyed connecting with colleagues across the state,” said Dr. Bonita Butner. Butner currently serves as the Chair of the Division of Educational Leadership, Policy & Foundations at the UMKC School of Education.

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