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NU, Leadership Niagara partner to offer college credit to LN participants

by jmaloni
Sat, Sep 15th 2012 07:00 am

Leadership Niagara markets its program as "one year that will change your life."

Soon, that life-changing experience can come with college credit, too.

That's because Niagara's foremost leadership-training organization is partnering with Niagara University to offer all former, current and future Leadership Niagara participants an opportunity to earn three college credits based on their LN experience. To do so, LN graduates will develop a community-minded project around one of the topics that were discussed during the year.

"The course was established in recognition of the hard work and unique programming that Leadership Niagara has been providing over the past few years," said the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., NU president. "Niagara University is committed to developing community leaders and this is yet another way for us to continue to fulfill our mission."

The community interrelationships course was designed to supplement Leadership Niagara's in-class experience and improve the social structures operating within the community. Students will be tasked with making sure that the project aligns with the missions of both institutions, assessing its impact on the community, creating strategic and marketing plans and determining its sustainability.

"It isn't enough for leaders to simply learn about the issues impacting our community. Leadership must be practiced and developed," said Molly Anderson, executive director of Leadership Niagara. "This course will help us to enhance the experience of these participants and provide them the tools to succeed. We are pleased to offer a program that will benefit every prior LN graduate and take Leadership Niagara into the future. It is truly an honor to partner with Niagara University, a premier academic institution, to further engage our graduates to lead change and really make a difference."

The class begins on Oct. 18 and finishes Dec. 6. There is still time to register. To do so, or for more information, call NU's Institute of Applied Learning at 286-8309.

Leadership Niagara's mission is to strengthen regional leadership. It is the longest running leadership development program in New York and has developed a network of more than 1,000 graduates since 1984. The organization rebranded three years ago and began delivering new graduate-level leadership development, coaching and mentoring.


Niagara University and Leadership Niagara are offering all former and current Leadership Niagara participants an opportunity to earn graduate college credit for your LN experience


Community Interrelationships

EDU 638 TQ - 3 credit Graduate Course

This course will consider and recap social structures operating within our local community. Beyond the scope of the yearlong sessions, this is an opportunity for LN alumni/participants to reach out and create a partnership/program with one of the LN topics visited throughout the year.

Culminating project will include:

  • Project outline:

  • Alignment to mission of both organizations.

  • Project need.

  • Impact on community - data to support it.

  • Create strategic plan - goals, objectives and evaluative measures.

  • Project timeline - activities, responsible persons, strategic measures

  • Abstract - 2 page summary

  • Diversity - knowing your audience

  • Source(s) of funding

  • Budget - narrative and line item

  • Organizational Structure

  • Detailed use of Human Capital in both organizations.

  • Marketing plan - Media outlets - newspapers, websites,(i.e. facebook, twitter)

  • Creation of assessment documents.

  • Detailed outline of:

    • How are you going to build the relationships/project?

    • How are you going to sustain the relationships/project?

Course will meet on:

Thursday, Oct. 18 - 3 to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 20 - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 15 - 3 to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 6 - 2 until 4 pm

Individual sessions with instructor will be scheduled as needed. Tuition: $1,000

To register: http://www.niagara.edu/education link - Institute of Applied Learning or call 716-286-8309.

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