National Community College Hispanic Council (NCCHC) Leadership Fellows Program

National Community College Hispanic Council - Leadership Fellows Program

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To address the lack of Hispanic Leaders in American community colleges, the NCCHC is offering the Leadership Fellows Program to develop a pool of highly qualified Hispanics and assist them in attaining high-level positions in community colleges.


Established 25 years ago, NCCHC's mission includes preparation and support of Hispanic leaders in America’s community colleges, to the ultimate benefit of our students. One of NCCHC’s first ventures was to offer a leadership development program, with support from the Ford Foundation. We are proud that more than 20 of the 72 original Fellows are now or have been community college presidents, and many others have moved to positions of increased responsibility as upper-level administrators.

Since the resumption of the program in 2003, one of the 65 new Fellows has been named president, three have been named interim presidents and more than 30 others have received promotions. In September 2010, 20 mid-level leaders from Community Colleges across the country graduated from the first ever, NCCHC Mid-Management Leadership Fellows Program. Six of the 20 2010 Fellows and four of the 18 2011 Fellows have received promotions. The Council continues its efforts to develop leaders for the challenges that lie ahead in higher education by offering the 2014 Leadership Fellows Program in collaboration with USD. The Leadership Fellows Program will begin training another group of fellows in June 2014.

Program Overview

Program Type

Each program is designed for community college educators whose career interest focuses on assuming increasingly responsible administrative positions, with the ultimate goal of becoming an executive leader of a community college.

  • Mid-Management Leadership Fellows Program
    • Designed for mid-level community college administrators who may hold a dean, associate dean or director position.
    • Aspirations to become an executive leader within the community college system

  • Executive Leaders Fellows Program
    • Designed for senior-level community college administrators who may hold a vice president or comparable executive-level position.
    • Aspirations to become a community college president

Components of the year-long training program

  • Two learning seminars
  • Professional career plan preparation
  • Mentoring
  • Continued communications with NCCHC leaders and fellows
  • Detailed assessment of leadership skills
  • Presentation at NCCHC symposium


At each learning seminar, fellows will receive training in many of the following areas:

Organizational Development

Institutional Effectiveness

Conflict Resolution

Crisis Management

Community Development


Board/CEO Relations

Strategic Planning

Culture and Diversity

Finances and Facilities

Change Process


Conditions and Fees

Tuition: $2,000

  • Tuition will cover participant costs for seminars, housing, meals and materials
  • Travel, incidentals and cost of attending the NCCHC Symposium must be covered by the participant or sponsoring institution
  • Candidates must agree to attend all sessions, including the symposium, and must receive a commitment from the appropriate supervisors for participation
  • Payment due upon program acceptance

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  • Currently hold a managerial position and aspire to become an executive leader of a community college, such as a dean, vice-president or president
  • Master's degree required, doctorate preferred

Mandatory attendance and participation of each program component:

  • Fellows must attend all sessions at the following seminars and the 2014 NCCHC Leadership Symposium to receive a certificate of completion
    • Summer 2014 seminar: June 11th - 14th, San Diego, CA
    • Fall 2014 seminar: September 16th - 18th, Phoenix, AZ
    • 2014 NCCHC symposium: September 18th – 20th, Phoenix, AZ
  • Fellows may submit a session proposal
  • Fellows must maintain regular online communication with NCCHC leaders and other fellows
  • Fellows must complete a group case study summer assignment
  • Fellows must participate in ongoing professional development
  • Fellows will create a career plan and complete a detailed leadership skills assessment

To submit a complete application:

  1. Send an email with the following documents attached to

    • Application form - printable pdf or online submission
    • Current resume
    • Personal statement of educational philosophy and career aspirations (500-750 words)
  2. Mail the following to Dr. Ted Martinez, Jr., Director, NCCHC Leadership Fellows Program, School of Leadership & Education Sciences, University of San Diego, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110-2492

    • A letter of recommendation from your supervisor/sponsor assessing the candidate's potential for higher level leadership positions in the community college setting and assuring the college's support for the candidate's participation in all components of the program

Early application is advised - April 2, 2014. Applications will be accepted until the cohort is filled.

Contact Information

Dr. Ted Martinez, Jr., Director

Benjamin Mendoza, Program Coordinator


Phone: 619.260.7708

Fax: 619.849.8175

Mailing Address:

NCCHC Leadership Fellows Program

School of Leadership & Education Sciences

University of San Diego

5998 Alcala Park

San Diego, CA 92110-2492