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Jordan to Participate in NCSD Leadership Institute

May 05, 2014

Carla Jordan  
Carla Jordan

Carla Jordan, career and technical education transition specialist at St. Louis Community College, has been selected to participate in the 2014 National Council on Student Development (NCSD) Community College Student Development Leadership Institute June 12-14.

NCSD's Community College Student Development Leadership Institute is designed to nurture participants for career advancement in student development. Using the "Reclaiming the American Dream: Community Colleges and the Nation's Future" as its foundation, the institute will provide an opportunity for participants to share ideas, engage in critical discourse and learn to overcome challenges.

“I am so honored to have been selected because it was an intense process,” said Jordan. “I look forward to the experience and plan on incorporating whatever I have learned from the institute at STLCC.”

The primary goal of NCSD in conducting the institute is to prepare individuals for senior leadership positions. Only 25 candidates were selected from a large group of qualified applicants by a committee comprised of the institute facilitators, some of whom are also members of NCSD's Executive Board.

Discussion topics include leadership philosophies and application in student development, leadership skills competencies, student development theory, principles and politics of leadership, behavioral intervention and crisis management challenges, leadership versus management, mentoring relationships, student learning outcomes in student affairs, visioning and strategic planning, managing change, nurturing leadership teams and future trends in student development.

Jordan said the process of applying for the institute allowed her to review what she was doing at STLCC, and the process reiterated that student success is really important to her. 

“I truly love interacting with our students to help them achieve their academic goals through recruitment and retention efforts,” she said. “I have students tell me over and over, ‘Thank you for taking time to listen to me.’ I tell students that we have a lot to offer, but they have to come here to find the wonderful gems we have.” 

“Carla’s passion for student success, her collegewide support for career and technical programs, along with her classroom experience as a student success class instructor make her an excellent candidate for this institute,” said Joanie Friend, STLCC's director of enrollment management.