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Polk State College is pleased to offer the Emerging Leaders Professional Series (ELPS) for full-time internal constituents. Supported by the Office of Equity and 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 explore strategies to effectively lead and carry out the mission and vision of Polk State College, enabling them to become stronger and more effective leaders.
  • The Emerging Leader Professional Series provides a unique opportunity for networking with peers and College leadership to enhance connections and build relationships that further career success.
  • Individuals participate in a series of courses that prepare them for the Emerging Leaders Professional Series Certification. These courses include 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 are invited to provide leadership insight to participants.
  • The sessions are presented through class lectures, team building activities, and highly interactive discussions.
  • Each participant identifies and analyzes what he or she has learned from the leadership development opportunity and presents this analysis at an end-of-program symposium, which includes a group assignment. The symposium displays the benefits of the program; administrators, supervisors, and coaches are encouraged to attend 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 III is scheduled for October 20, 2017, at the Kincart Room, and the closing symposium is scheduled for July 27, 2018, at the ATC Mosaic Auditorium.
  • Materials (handouts) are supplied by the Polk State Corporate College.
  • Refreshments are provided.
  • Class sizes are limited. Selections will be made from all applications received. A confidential selection committee will review the applications and select participants for each class year.
  • Class members will be announced in early October.

Nomination and Application Periods

Nomination Period

  • Nominations for the 2017-18 Emerging Leaders Professional Series Class III opens on Wednesday, August 30 and closes at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 11, 2017. 
  • Nominations may only be submitted either by the individual’s supervisor or a President’s staff member. Self-nominations will not be considered.
  • To submit a nomination, please visit the Leadership Opportunities page in PIE and click on the Emerging Leaders Professional Series (ELPS) link to review the ELPS Nomination Process/Roles and Expectations. From there, you may access the Nomination Form and submit the requested information.
  • All nominations are to be submitted electronically via the Nomination Form (not by e-mail).

Application Period

  • The application period for the Emerging Leaders Professional Series Class III (2017-18) opens on Tuesday, September 19 and closes at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.
  • To submit an application, candidates must access the link provided by the Office of Equity and Diversity and complete the requested information.
  • The link to access the application form will be sent via e-mail to all candidates after  the nomination period closes.
  • Candidates may apply after they have been nominated and only during the open application period.
  • Nominations may only be submitted either by the individual’s supervisor or a President’s staff member. Self-nominations will not be considered.
  • Before submitting an application, please review the ELPS Application Process/Roles and Expectations by visiting the Leadership Opportunities page in PIE and clicking on the Emerging Leaders Professional Series (ELPS) link.

Please review the Roles and Expectations thoroughly before submitting a nomination or application.

  1. 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

    ELPS Class I Leadership Quote:
    “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”
    —Jack Welch

    Coaches:
    Valparisa Baker, Yulonda Bell, Naomi Boyer, Marianne George, Stephen Hull, Donald Painter, Martha Santiago, George Urbano, Reginal Webb, Lynn Wilson, Beverly Woolery

  2. Emerging Leaders Class II (2016-17)

     

    Emerging Leaders Class II

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    Pictured from left to right:
    Noreen Weber, Vernee Williams, Barry Collins, Lisa Smelser, Matthew Lenihan, Rayla Tokarz, Kyle Kniffin, Elba Concepcion, Denise Andreu-Pietri, Sarah Plazak, Megan Cavanah, Nixsa Cruz-De Witt, Gregory George

    ELPS Class II Leadership Quote:
    “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
    –John Quincy Adams

    Coaches:
    Freddie Acevedo, Naomi Boyer, William De Witt, Peter Elliott, Cynthia Freitag, Stephen Hull, Nathan Neuman, Donald Painter, Larry Pakowski, Tamara Sakagawa, Teresa Vorous, Lynn Wilson