ERIC Number: ED394548
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
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Building Citizen Leaders.
Recent recommendations related to the future of community colleges have advocated a strong role in providing civic literacy education for adults, specifically arguing that the colleges should provide civic education programs that focus on government, public policy, and contemporary issues. To this end, Gulf Coast Community College, in Florida, has developed the Citizen Leadership Training Program (CLTP). The CLTP is built upon the philosophical premise that citizen leaders exist in all communities and that by engaging citizens in a comprehensive curriculum, a community college can assist individuals in recognizing and accepting responsibility for active participation at community, state, and national levels. CLTP's content areas focus on the following roles of the citizen leader: as a cornerstone of democracy, as a communicator, as a collaborator, and as a catalyst for change. The program assists students through six developmental stages, including awareness of one's role as a leader, transformation of the individual into a leader, committing to a citizen leadership philosophy, taking action, renewing one's leadership role and skills, and facilitating the development of others. The program provides 30 hours of citizen leadership training and can be adapted to many different institutional settings. (MAB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Gulf Coast Community College FL
Note: In: The Olympics of Leadership: Overcoming Obstacles, Balancing Skills, Taking Risks. Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the National Community College Chair Academy (5th, Phoenix, AZ, February 14-17, 1996); see JC 960 276.