Polk State College is pleased to offer the Emerging Leaders Professional Series (ELPS) for full-time internal constituents. Supported by the Office of Equity & Diversity, the program is aligned with the College’s strategic goals and core values, and aims to develop superb and diverse leaders focused on student success to sustain a legacy of leadership excellence at Polk State College.

To be eligible for the program, full-time employees must be employed at the College for a minimum of one (1) year and in their current position for a minimum of one (1) year.

  • The Emerging Leaders Professional Series (ELPS) focuses on providing training opportunities and strengthening skill sets for employees who have a desire to move to the next step in their careers in higher education.
  • In this nine-month program, full-time employees will learn how to effectively lead and carry out the mission and vision of Polk State College, enabling them to become stronger and more efficient leaders.
  • ELPS provides a unique opportunity for networking with peers and College leadership to enhance connections and build relationships to further career success.
  • Individuals participate in a series of courses that prepare them for the Emerging Leaders Professional Series Certification including: The Corporate Edge: Presenting a Positive Image with Personal Branding, Public Speaking, and Business Communications, as well as other engaging sessions.
  • Internal administrators, professional-technical staff, faculty, as well as external community partners will be invited to provide leadership to participants.
  • The sessions are presented through class lectures, team building activities, and highly interactive discussions.
  • Each participant identifies and analyzes what they have learned from this leadership opportunity. The ELPS Participants will present their analyses at an end-of-program symposium. The symposium will display the benefits of the program.  Administrators, supervisors, and coaches are encouraged to attend the symposium in support of the participants.
  • Sessions meet one Friday per month, at the Polk State Clear Springs Advanced Technology Center (ATC) Kincart Room. The Orientation/Opening Retreat (session 1) for Class II is scheduled for Oct. 21, 2016, and the closing symposium is scheduled for July 21, 2017 in the ATC auditorium.
  • Materials (handouts) will be supplied by the Polk State Corporate College.
  • Refreshments will be provided.
  • Class sizes are limited. Selections will be made from all applications received. A confidential selection committee will review the applications.

Nomination and Application Periods

  • Nominations for the 2016-17 Emerging Leaders Professional Series Class II opens on Wed., Aug. 31 and closes at 5:00 p.m. on Mon., Sept. 12, 2016. To submit a nomination, you must access the link provided below in the Nomination Process / Roles and Expectations section and complete the requested information. All nominations are to be submitted electronically via the Nomination Form (not by e-mail).
  • The application period for the Emerging Leaders Professional Series Class II (2016-17) opens on Wed., Sept. 14 and closes at 5 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 23, 2016. To submit an application, you must access the link provided by the Office of Equity & Diversity and complete the requested information. Note: You may only apply after you have been nominated and only during the open application period.
  1. Nomination Process / Roles and Expectations

    The nomination process is detailed below. Please review this information and follow the link provided below to access the Nomination Form and submit a nomination.

    The program participant is responsible for:
    1. Traveling to the Polk State Advanced Technology Center for program participation
    2. Participating in ALL program activities in their entirety, including orientation/retreat, monthly sessions, and symposium
    3. Obtaining  their supervisor’s approval and support to engage in the program
    4. Engaging with a leadership coach; the coach may be the participant’s supervisor or another College leader
    5. Investing in the College

    The nominator/sponsor (if not the supervisor) is responsible for:
    1. Assuring the candidate is interested in participating
    2. Assuring the candidate has been employed at the College for a minimum of one (1) year
    3. Assuring the candidate has been in his/her current position for a minimum of one (1) year
    4. Obtaining approval from the direct supervisor for the candidate’s participation and for payment of the $500 program fee

    The supervisor  is responsible for:
    1. Fully supporting and approving the candidate’s participation in all program activities
    2. Acting as or assisting in the identification of a leadership coach for the candidate
    3. Facilitating a President’s Staff (PS) member’s approval, if appropriate (PS member not the sponsor)
    4. Funding the program participation fee of $500 from departmental or other identified funds in support of the candidate

    Nomination Submission

    After reviewing the roles and expectations above, you may submit a nomination.

    Nominations for the 2016-17 Emerging Leaders Professional Series Class
    opens on Wed., Aug. 31 and closes at 5:00 p.m. on Mon., Sept. 12, 2016.
    Class members will be announced in early October.

    Note:
    All nominations are to be submitted electronically via the Nomination Form (not by e-mail). To submit a nomination, please click on the Nomination Form.

  2. Application Process / Roles and Expectations

    In addition to the roles and expectations listed above in the Nomination Process / Roles and Expectations section, the applicant understands and commits to the following:

    A.   Attendance is mandatory at the following events:
    1. Orientation/opening retreat
    2. Closing retreat/symposium
    3. All monthly training sessions

    B.   Two absences are permitted (but not encouraged). Factors for consideration:
    1. Arriving after the session begins or leaving early constitutes an absence.
    2. If two absences are exceeded, the candidate will not be eligible to complete the program. The candidate will have the opportunity to and MUST make up any missed sessions in the NEXT Emerging Leaders Professional Series in order to receive a certificate of completion the following year.
    3. The candidate must have the full support of their supervisor AND a President’s Staff member before applying to the Emerging Leaders Professional Series.
    4. The candidate understands the investment of the College in their leadership potential and fully intends to continue to be employed by the College for at least one (1) year after completion of the Emerging Leaders Professional Series.

    Application Deadline

    Before applying for the Emerging Leaders Professional Series program, you MUST do the following:
    1. Review the application process described above, including the roles and expectations for program participants.
    2. Obtain appropriate approvals from your supervisor AND President’s Staff member (if not the supervisor).
    3. To be eligible for the program, you must be employed at the College for a minimum of one (1) year and in your current position for a minimum of one (1) year.

    To submit an application, you must access the link provided by the Office of Equity & Diversity and complete the requested information.

    You may only apply after you have been nominated and only during the open application period.

    The application period for ELPS Class II (2016-17) opens on Wed., Sept. 14 and closes at 5 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 23, 2016.

    Class members will be announced in early October.

  3. Emerging Leaders Class I (2015-16)

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    Emerging Leaders Class I

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    Pictured from left to right:
    Terrance Hays, Joshua Plazak, Tracy Tanner, Jamie Rowan, Freddie Acevedo, William De Witt, Von McGriff, Matina Wagner, Erin Montgomery, Nathan Neuman, Nicara Daniels, Sharron Davis, Patrice Thigpen, Rosebud Leslie, Karen Moore

  4. Emerging Leaders Class II (2016-17)

    Denise Andreu-Pietri
    Megan Cavanah
    Barry Collins
    Elba Concepcion
    Nixsa Cruz-De Witt
    Louis Currier
    Melissa Futia
    Gregory George
    Kyle Kniffin
    Matthew Lenihan
    Sarah Plazak
    Lisa Smelser
    Rayla Smith
    Noreen Weber
    Vernee Williams