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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 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, which includes a group assignment. 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 III is scheduled for October 20, 2017, and the closing symposium is scheduled for July 27, 2018 in the ATC Mosaic 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 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. To submit a nomination, please visit the Leadership Opportunities page in PIE to review the ELPS Nomination Process/Roles and Expectations and access the Nomination Form. 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 III (2017-18) opens on Wednesday, September 13 and closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 22, 2017. Before submitting an application, please visit the Leadership Opportunities page in PIE to review the ELPS Application Process/Roles and Expectations. To submit an application, you must access the link provided by the Office of Equity and Diversity and complete the requested information.
  • Note: You may only apply after you have been nominated and only during the open application period.
  • Class members will be announced in early October.
  1. Emerging Leaders Class I (2015-16)


    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

  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