About Us

Our Purpose

The North Carolina Community College Leadership Program (NCCCLP) develops community college leaders who connect, care and collaborate. Participants will develop and enhance essential skills to support their current and future leadership roles in the North Carolina Community College System. The program provides networking opportunities for participants to discover and apply best practices to deal with current community college issues.

Our History

The NCCCLP was established in 1989.


Since then, we have trained over 1,210

community college employees to be more effective leaders! 

Program graduates are equipped with leadership skills to become exceptional leaders and navigate the educational arena as presidents, executive vice presidents, vice presidents, executive directors, directors, deans and department chairs of community colleges in North Carolina or elsewhere.

apply to our leadership program today!

Our Evolution

The program began when former governor and then-president of the North Carolina Community College System, Bob Scott, requested a program to develop leadership skills for the state’s community college employees. Scott was also interested in increasing the leadership skills of women and minorities who served in leadership positions across the state. Therefore, they requested the assistance of the North Carolina chapter of the American Association of Women in Junior and Community Colleges to help develop this ground-breaking program. The organization developed a curriculum intended to enhance the leadership skills of employees at all levels of a college.

Funding for this new program came from the state community college system. After just a few years, the program directors realized that it must become self-sustaining to survive. Supported by participant registration fees and projects, the directors of the program come from alumni who must apply for directors and co-director positions. The program typically runs from October through May each year and includes intensive two-day retreats.

1000+
Program Graduates
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Statewide College Network

The Leadership Program

The North Carolina Community College Leadership Program (NCCCLP) develops community college leaders who connect, care and collaborate. Participants will develop and enhance essential skills to support their current and future leadership roles in the North Carolina Community College System. The program provides networking opportunities for participants to discover and apply best practices to deal with current community college issues. Here is a look at some of the key benefits from participating in the program:

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Strengthen Leadership

skills of community college employess at all levels.

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Inform Potential leaders

about the structure and governance of the community college system.

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Develop Networking

opportunities among employees in the community college system.

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Provide a Diverse

pool of qualified leaders in community college education.

The tuition for the program is $1,200. The fee covers instruction, materials, inventories, all lunches and single occupancy lodging at the first and last retreats. Look for information about applying for the Class of 2022 here.