The Michigan Community College Leadership Academy is faciliated by the MCCA and Lead Star. It is designed for faculty and mid- to senior-level community college administrators who look to be leaders in their current positions or are ready to move into a higher level of leadership. Vice Presidents, Deans, Professors, Associate Professors, Program Chairs, Associate Deans, or Directors are encouraged to apply if interested in developing their leadership skills. Participants must be nominated by their president or chancellor.

The nine month cohort-style learning journey will include three in-person workshops at the MCCA office, action-based learning projects in between the live sessions, experiential learning activities, coaching and mentoring, and a capstone graduation experience in conjunction with the annual MCCA Summer Conference. The Academy is a hands-on, Michigan-specific professional development opportunity to sharpen leadership competencies and develop a strong statewide network of emerging leaders within community colleges. Graduates are asked to serve as mentors for the next cohort of emerging leaders.


Fellows must be nominated by their community college president or chancellor.  Please see the nominations form.  Deadline for submission is April 30, 2018.  See the 2018-19 Leadership Academy Overview for program dates.  Questions can be directed to Adriana Phelan, MCCA Vice President (, or Mike Hansen, MCCA President ( 


See the outstanding fellows of the 2016-17class, and the 2017-18 class of the Michigan Community College Leadership Academy.


Session 1: The new 2017-18 class of the Leadership Academy launched on September 21 & 22, 2017 in Lansing. See the program.  

Session 2: See the program for Session 2 on January 18 & 19, 2018 in Lansing.

Session 3: See the program for Session 3 on May 17 & 18, 2018 in Lansing.

See archived program for the 2016-17 Leadership Academy.

Pictured Above: 2016-17 fellows of the Michigan Community College Leadership Academy at the graduation ceremony in Mackinac Island on July 28, 2017, held in conjunction with the MCCA Summer Conference.


Please contact Adriana Phelan, MCCA Vice President, with questions about the Michigan Community College Leadership Academy ( or (517) 372-4350).


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