Daniel Rivera represented Durham Tech in the 2016-17 Student Leadership Development Program (SLDP), hosted by North Carolina Community Colleges on April 28 in Raleigh. The SLDP enhances leadership quality for community college students and increases their knowledge of soft skills to prepare them for professional and civic responsibilities. Every year, 30 students receive training in skills that will assist them in becoming better campus leaders, community citizens, and provide a smoother and successful transition into tomorrow’s workforce.
To be accepted into the program, students must be enrolled in the NC Community College System and have at least one full year remaining as a student. To be nominated, students must commit for one year and arrange/facilitate two workshops on their campus.
Described as a “mental boot camp” by participants, the SLDP requires students to attend a six day session in the summer and two two-day mini-sessions during the fall and spring. Sessions are comprised of workshops, speakers, and group and individual projects. Each student is required to keep a leadership journal, introduce a speaker/workshop presenter, and a write at least one article for the daily newsletter. The mini-sessions consist of additional workshops and smaller projects.
At the spring mini-session last week, Daniel attended the graduation banquet to celebrate his completion of the program.