Leadership Education in Action Program
What is LEAP?
LEAP was created to foster the development of visionary, innovative, and creative leaders. Designed to promote the development of "agents of institutional change" LEAP provides "big picture: perspectives and the knowledge which empowers people to lead and shape our district and the community college system. LEAP provides individuals who want to be leaders the opportunity to assess their current leadership skills, use a variety of tools to create a professional development plan to reach their goals, and engage in opportunities to build the confidence necessary to make the leap to their future.

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LEAP Onto the Path 2018/19 

We need champions for student success!

We are very excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for a special Professional Development opportunity - LEAP (Leadership Education in Action Program) Onto the Path!

Leaders who innovate are everywhere at College of the Canyons!  Innovative leaders are in facilities, student services, academic affairs, fiscal services, public information … everywhere. They are faculty, classified, short-term and college assistants and administrators. Collectively, we work together to transform our students’ lives every single day. We do so one question, one idea, one risk, one obstacle, one solution, one success at a time.

Through LEAP, you can share your talents, be a champion for student success, develop long-lasting relationships and partnerships and make our college even better. You will learn, lead and innovate, embracing and fostering culture of leadership for student success.  You will have an opportunity to engage in meaningful collaborative inquiry by participating in LEAP Onto the Path this year, and discover the important role YOU play in implementing Guided Pathways!   As part of a Solution Team, you will work collaboratively to create better learning opportunities for our students and help them achieve their educational goals.

What is Guided Pathways (Canyons Completes)?

The Guided Pathways framework creates a structured approach to student success that provides all students with a set of clear course-taking patterns that promotes better enrollment decisions and prepares students for future success. The Guided Pathways framework also integrates support services in ways that make it easier for students to get the help they need during every step of their community college experience. At College of the Canyons, our Guided Pathways framework is called Canyons Completes. Canyons Completes is designed to facilitate positive movement towards completion of degrees, certificates, and skills building courses for students through improved programs, processes and services.


The Guided Pathways Model:


ü Provides all students with a set of clear course-taking patterns that promotes better enrollment decisions and prepares students for future success;


ü Integrates support services in ways that make it easier for students to get the help they need during every step of their community college experience.


What will the focus be of the sessions?

Throughout the LEAP Onto the Path program, sessions will focus on the following goals:


·       Explain the Guided Pathways framework and define the role every employee plays in its implementation;

·       Enhance employee engagement and ownership of Guided Pathways;

·       Advance the efforts of the Canyons Completes work groups;

·       Intersect and weave together the efforts of departments already working on Guided Pathways and Canyons Completes;

·       Focus on the accountability standards of Guided Pathways and work to remove distractions to allow us to focus on the daily efforts that support Guided Pathways;

·       Infuse equity into all content;

·       Use data to guide the work of the Solution Teams;

·       Conduct an environmental scan and gap analysis of current work being done on Guided Pathways to identify areas to improve and build momentum for its implementation;

·       Manage transitional change effectively;

·       Participate in a Solution Team Project in collaboration with the Canyons Completes work groups.


When will the sessions be held?

There will be six in-class sessions that will be held on Fridays during the fall and spring semesters.  Time to work on Solution Team projects will be scheduled at various times.  All sessions will be highly interactive and include applied use of the concepts.  Leadership skills development on managing transition and approaching change is embedded throughout the program.  Participants will complete an environmental scan and gap analysis of what we are already doing well and then identify what needs to be added, expanded, changed, and strengthened. In addition, strategies on how to advocate, build a case, collaborate and innovate will be infused into the curriculum.


Who should apply?

Any COC team member who is interested in learning about Guided Pathways/Canyons Completes more in depth and who desires to be a Pathways Champion is encouraged to apply.


Spaces are limited!  Please review the attached announcement and application carefully and let us know if you have any questions.  Please email your application to Leslie Carr at leslie.carr@canyons.edu no later than Friday, October 12th.


We look forward to LEAPing with you this year!

 LEAP Guided Pathways Announcement FINAL.pdfLEAP Guided Pathways Announcement FINAL.pdf

The LEAP Onto the Path Coordinating Committee

Dr. Dianne Van Hook

Dr. Diane Fiero

Ms. Leslie Carr

Dr. Daylene Meuschke

Dr. Jasmine Ruys

Mr. Paul Wickline


Session One Videos 10/26/18 



Session Two Video 11/30/18

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/recording/share/Z5vXb32p7Dt_JQeJVd7wOPs6Mxhp39DmHbY38WTkkrWwIumekTziMw ​ 




Click on the following documents to view:

Welcome and Program Overview - Dr. Van Hook.pptxWelcome and Program Overview - Dr. Van Hook.pptx

The Nuts and Bolts of the CA Community College System - Diane Stewart.pptxThe Nuts and Bolts of the CA Community College System - Diane Stewart.pptx

Suggestions for Successful College Administration.pptx


LEAP 2016 Session Agendas:

LEAP 2016 Solution Team Business Plans:

LEAP 2015 Session Agendas:

LEAP 2015 Solution Team Business Plans:

  1. Latino Outreach.pdfLatino Outreach.pdf
  2. FIT - Future Instructors in Training.pdfFIT - Future Instructors in Training.pdf
  3. LEAP OER business plan 2015.pdfOER Degree Pathway.pdf
  4. COC-Entrepreneurship Center business plan.pdfEntrepreneurship Center.pdf
  5. LEAP- Summer Bridge Program.pdfLEAP- Summer Bridge Program.pdf
  6. COC Innovation Showcase Business Plan Master Final 05 21 2015.pdfCOC Innovation Showcase.pdf

LEAP2 2014:


2013 Business Plans
When Art & Science Tango
Student Success Task Force
Rising Path
The Lifelong Learners
ARC Unlimited
APL: Assessment for Prior Learning
2012 Business Plans
The Hot Spot
Cougar Network
SPaRC (Sustainability) Business Plan 2012.pdfSPaRC (Sustainability) Business Plan 2012.pdf
Canyons Connex
Cougar Dome
Team Mobile
2010 Business Plans
BEST Project Plan Community Outreach Roadshow
The Call Center Global Collaborative Academy
Careers on the Go Student Art Collection
In Tune With Your Business Needs Cougar Wellness Center
2009 Business Plans
LEAP Solution Team Project Summaries - 2009 Solution Team Project Updates - Oct 2009
Re-Enrtry Program Idea Incubator
Project Based Learning LEAP Gardens
Behavioral Intervention Team Creating a Student Learning Community
LEAP Solution Team Project Updates - Feb 2010  
2008 Business Plans
Student Success Points GO Program
Learning Communities My Canyons
Synergy We Connect
Enrollment Management LEAP Solution Team Project Summaries
Other Videos
A Vision of Students Today 212°, the extra degree
Advocacy Tips Bryce Harris Presentation
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