National Community College Hispanic Council (NCCHC) Leadership Fellows Program

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Program Overview


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


Established 30 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.

A second iteration of the NCCHC Leadership Fellows Program was launched in 2003; to date, 14 classes have been completed. More than 200 Fellows have completed the program and came from vice-president, dean, and director administrative levels and from a cross-section of community colleges across the country.

The Council continues its efforts to develop leaders for the challenges that lie ahead in higher education by offering the Leadership Fellows Program in collaboration with SOLES at USD. The Leadership Fellows Program will begin preparation of another cohort of fellows in June 2018.

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.

  • Leadership Fellows Program
    • Designed for community college administrators who hold a managerial position as vice president, dean, associate dean or director position
    • Aspirations to become an executive leader within the community college system

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

Program Learning Outcomes

  • - Understand leadership competencies required of aspiring leaders
  • - Understand the issues facing Hispanic students in community colleges
  • - Understand the role of critical race theory, cultural competence, equity, and diversity related to Hispanic/Latino leadership
  • - Understand the student success agenda: challenges and opportunities
  • - Understand institutional change requirements for 21st Century colleges and related change management
  • - Identify your own leadership capabilities, professional development needs, and develop a plan to achieve your desired career goal 


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

  • - Organizational Strategy
  • - Collaboration
  • - Community Development
  • - Board/CEO Relations
  • - Culture and Diversity
  • - Change Process
  • - Institutional Effectiveness
  • - Student Success and Equity
  • - Communication
  • - Strategic Planning
  • - Finances and Facilities
  • - Professionalism

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Conditions and Fees

Tuition: $2,500

  • - 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


  • - 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 both seminars to receive a certificate of completion
    • Summer 2018 seminar: June 6th - 9th, San Diego, CA - University of San Diego
    • Fall 2018 seminar: September 19th - 22nd, San Diego, CA - University of San Diego
  • - 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

STEP 1 - Complete Online Application Form

STEP 2  - Send an email with the following attachments to

  1. Current resume
  2. Personal statement of educational philosophy and career aspirations (500-750 words)
  3. Print ready photo

STEP 3 - Mail Supervisor Letter of Recommendation to NCCHC Leadership Fellows Program Executive Director

This is a letter of recommendation from the candidate's supervisor assessing the 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.  

Dr. Ted Martinez, Jr., Executive Director
NCCHC Leadership Fellows Program
School of Leadership & Education Sciences
University of San Diego, 5998 Alcalá Park, MRH 136
San Diego, CA 92110-2492

Early application is advised. Applications will be accepted until April 2, 2018 or until the 2018 Class is filled.

Contact Information

Dr. Ted Martinez, Jr., Executive Director
NCCHC Leadership Fellows Program

Phone: 619.260.7708
Fax: 619.849.8175

Mailing Address:

NCCHC Leadership Fellows Program
School of Leadership & Education Sciences
University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park, MRH 136
San Diego, CA 92110-2492