Haywood Community College’s Early Childhood Education Program Manager, Vickie Ansley is a graduate of the 2015-16 North Carolina Community College Leadership Program. This seven-month program offers participants organized, face-to-face and computer-based learning experiences that acquaint them with community college issues and help develop leadership skills.

The program is highly experiential in nature and participants work in teams to create an ideal community college. The program's structure is built on the platform that good leaders develop through an ongoing process of self-study, education, training, networking, and experiences. Some topics covered included:  Leadership Styles, Courageous Conversations, Inclusive Leadership, Managing Conflict, Leadership and Ethics, and Implementing Change.

According to Ansley, “It has been an honor and a privilege to be able to participate in the NC Community College Leadership Program. The experience has been one of the most rewarding and educational of my career. The information I gained as well as the networking and connections I made will enhance my work at Haywood Community College.”

The purpose of the North Carolina Community College Leadership Program is to develop future community college leaders in North Carolina. This was accomplished by:  strengthening the leadership skills of community college employees at all levels; educating potential leaders about the structure, and governance of the community college system; promoting opportunities for networking among employees in the community college system; and providing a diverse pool of qualified leaders in community college education.

Donated photo. HCC’s Early Childhood Education Program Manager, Vickie Ansley is a recent graduate of the 2015-16 North Carolina Community College Leadership Program. She is pictured with Glenn Grady (left), HCC Interim Dean of Health & Human Services.