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Developing leaders who

connect, care, & collaborate.

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Announcement: Belk Center is the new Hub for system wide supervision of NCCCLP Cohort, OLÉ, and Alumni as of 2022.

Our 6 month leadership program provides participants with organized, face-to-face experiences to help them develop leadership skills needed to strive in a community college atmosphere.

About the NCCC Leadership Program

The North Carolina Community College Leadership Program was founded in 1989 by Dr. Pat Akers. With more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Pat Akers and the leadership team are continuously evolving NCCCLP by implementing new, innovative strategies that will propel the next generation of leaders.

Outcomes of the Program

Participants will develop and enhance essential skills to support their current and future leadership roles in the North Carolina Community College System. The program provides networking opportunities for participants to discover and apply best practices to deal with current community college issues.

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NCCCL Alumni Group

NCCC Leadership Alumni Group consists of individuals who have graduated from the NCCCLP. Alumni may choose to pay $100 and become lifetime members and receive all professional development opportunities free of charge.

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Online Learning Experiences

Engage. Enliven. Encourage.


NCCCLP OLÉ is a new and exciting online professional development program co-sponsored by the North Carolina Community College Leadership Program (NCCCLP) and the North Carolina Leadership Alumni Group (NCCCLAG). OLÉ is an acronym for “Online Leadership Experiences”.  OLÉ, a Spanish victory chant meaning “well done”, is used to celebrate and acknowledges the important work that North Carolina community are doing. NCCCLP OLÉ consists of virtual webinars that will engage, enliven, and encourage those who attend.

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NCCCLP Cohort Leaders

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Kim Sepich

NCCCLP Lead Facilitator 336.561.4376

NC State Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research

Director of Executive Leadership Programs

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Kent Shoffner

NCCCLP Director


 Mitchell Community College 

Dean of English, Mathematics, & Transition Resources


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Holly Ramey
NCCCLP Co-Director


 Forsyth Technical Community College

Department Chair,
Life Sciences

Athena Smith
NCCCLP Co-Director 704.751.0033

 Catawba Valley Community College

Director of Educational Technology and
Online Learning


Robin Ross
NCCCLP Treasurer

828.327.7000 ext. 4462

 Catawba Valley Community College

VP of K-64 & Talent Development

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