Up & Coming Weekly

February 23, 2021

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM 16 UCW FEBRUARY 24 - MARCH 2, 2021 FTCC Leadership Studies Program prepares students to be next generation of organizational leaders by JESSIE BELLFLOWERS Leadership moves the world. at's why it's important, why we study it, and why we strive to be successful leaders in today's winning organizations. Did you know that 37% of employees surveyed reported they had left a job mainly due to poor lead- ership? At its core, leadership is about human beings coming together to accom- plish some desired outcome. Start 2021 off on the right foot by pur- suing a Leadership Studies degree at Fayetteville Technical Community College. Our Leadership Studies Program seeks students with the passion and dedication to join a new generation of organizational leaders who will confront challenges in an increasingly complex and constantly changing world. It guides and facilitates the processes that allow students a deep under- standing and appreciation of the dynamics of leadership, the convergence of leader- ship with other people, and the role of the individual as a leader in groups, organiza- tions and society. In the program, students develop an un- derstanding of leadership as a process and as a relationship among people that tran- scends the setting. Students gain a deep ap- preciation of the dynamics and responsibil- ities of leadership. In addition, the program prepares students for a successful career in leadership positions in a wide variety of career paths and professions to meet their professional and educational goals. For example, the program fosters crucial skills sought after by employers — innovation, teamwork, change management, adaptabil- ity, communication, critical thinking and analysis — hallmarks of leadership. ese skills enable FTCC graduates to succeed in management or leadership roles in their organizations. e program also prepares students for employment in a competitive marketplace or guides students to a bachelor's degree at a four-year college. FTCC has numer- ous articulation agreements with four-year universities, allowing students to complete additional upper-level courses with the value of FTCC's affordable tuition. e program helps students understand leadership not only as a position but also as a process and a relationship among people, learn how to examine issues from var- ied perspectives, embrace differences and change, and seek innovative solu- tions to complicated problems. Courses challenge students to think critically, communicate effectively and anticipate change. Students can enter the program through the gateway course (LDR-110) Introduction to Leadership. Without question, today's workforce must be competitive, interactive and diverse to compete and succeed in a changing global economy. Leaders will be required to meet these global chal- lenges with exceptional leadership skill sets needed to keep their companies successful and profitable in an ever-chang- ing economic environment. Are you ready for the leadership challenge? Experience high-quality instruction at FTCC, regardless if the class is face to face, online or blended. At FTCC, students learn from proven busi- ness leaders who excel in many levels. Visit www.faytechcc.edu to apply. Feel free to email me at bellfloj@faytechcc.edu for help or questions about the degree program. Make the SMART choice for your educa- tion — Fayetteville Technical Community College! EDUCATION N.C. Cooperative Extension seeking Herter-O'Neal scholarship nominations a STAFF REPORT e North Carolina Cooperative Exten- sion Administrative Professionals Associa- tion (NCCEAPA) is accepting nominations for the Herter-O'Neal Scholarship through March 12. e scholarship is available to North Car- olina residents pursuing a college degree (associates or bachelor's) in a business or business-related field of study. Applicants must be enrolled to attend classes at a col- lege during the 2021-2022 school year. e scholarship is awarded annually to honor the work and dedication of Edith Herter and Frances O'Neal, co-leaders who formed the NCCEAPA in 1973. Qualified applicants may obtain an appli- cation packet by contacting Susan Johnson, administrative coordinator, Cumberland County Cooperative Extension, at 910- 321-6405 or susan_johnson@ncsu.edu. For more information, go to cumberland. ces.ncsu.edu. Applicants should apply to through the Cooperative Extension office in which they reside. e N.C. State Extension is the educa- tional outreach provider of North Carolina's preeminent research enterprise — NC State. Extension translates research-based knowledge in the areas of agriculture, food and nutrition, and 4-H youth development into everyday solutions that help keep North Carolina growing. With local centers in all 100 counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee, NC State Extension works in tandem with N.C. A&T State University, as well as federal, state and local governments, to form a strategic partnership called N.C. Cooperative Extension. Discover more at https://extension.ncsu.edu. JESSIE BELLFLOWERS, FTCC Dept. Chair of Leadership Studies Program. Comments? Editor@upand- comingweekly.com. 910-484-6200.

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