National Community College Hispanic Council (NCCHC) Leadership Fellows Program

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Program Overview


To address the lack of Hispanic leaders in American community colleges, 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, three presidents, two vice-chancellors, and three interim presidents have been named and more than 40 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. Three more classes have been held since then.  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 SOLES at USD. The Leadership Fellows Program will begin training another group of fellows in June 2015.

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

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

Institutional Effectiveness


Crisis Management

Community Development


Board/CEO Relations

Strategic Planning

Culture and Diversity

Finances and Facilities

Change Process


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Conditions and Fees:

Tuition: $2,100

  • 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 all sessions at the following seminars and the 2015 NCCHC Leadership Symposium to receive a certificate of completion
    • Summer 2015 seminar: June 10th - 13th, San Diego, CA
    • Fall 2015 seminar: September 15th - 17th, Fort Worth, TX
    • 2015 NCCHC Symposium: September 17th – 19th, Fort Worth, TX
  • 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:

Send an email with the following documents attached to

  1. Application form - printable pdf or online submission
  2. Current resume
  3. Personal statement of educational philosophy and career aspirations (500-750 words)

Mail a letter to Dr. Ted Martinez, Jr., Executive Director, NCCHC Leadership Fellows Program, School of Leadership & Education Sciences, University of San Diego, 5998 Alcala Park, MRH 122B San Diego, CA 92110-2492

  1. 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. Applications will be accepted until April 2, 2015 or until the 2015 class is filled.

Contact Information

Dr. Ted Martinez, Jr., Executive 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 Alcalá Park, MRH 122B
San Diego, CA 92110-2492