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 theknowledge whichempowers 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.

LEAP 1 Spring 2020!                                        

April 17 - July 10

Do you find yourself imagining what your future will be like at COC?
Do you want to wait and see what evolves or do YOU want to DESIGN it?

If you answered yes to these questions, then consider LEAPing with us in the spring!  What will participating in LEAP enable you to learn?

Leadership! Advocacy! Vision! Strategic Planning for Success! Understanding and Generating Resources! Networking!

In order for you to gain perspective and design your own future, these are the themes that will be included as part of the exciting upcoming LEAP 2020 program!  LEAP – Leadership Education in Action Program – is designed for motivated people who want to challenge themselves,  design a vision for their future, discover and cultivate their leadership potential, develop the competencies required of leaders, and achieve their professional development goals.

LEAP consists of six interactive sessions that will be held throughout the spring semester. Each session will have a specific theme that will focus on developing your leadership skillset, including:

  • Leading – “Do you have a growth or fixed mindset?” Assessing your own personal leadership style, developing your own mission statement and ideal job description, as well as hearing from successful community college leaders.
  • Advocating – “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it!” Case making on the departmental, local and state levels.
  • Envisioning – “Plan the work and work the plan.” Researching, strategic planning, and evaluating goals for your areas of responsibility and beyond.
  • Generating Resources – “To effectively partner with others you must be knowledgeable, believe in your mission, and help others see why you are a good investment.” Making the ask both internally and externally.
  • Networking – “It’s all about relationships.” Building internal and external partnerships, public speaking, appropriate messaging, and creating your 90 second pitch.

What can you expect from this program? LOTS of professional growth opportunities will be offered, including:

  • Participating in interactive sessions;
  • Working on a Solution Team Project;
  • Engaging in small and large group discussions on relevant leadership topics;
  • Experiencing meeting with legislators about key advocacy topics;
  • Connecting with esteemed community college and business leaders;
  • Networking and collaborating with your colleagues.

And…there will be numerous opportunities for developing camaraderie and team spirit!

Session #1 - April 17, 2020 Video Recording


Session #2 - May 1, 2020 Video Recording


Session #3 - May 15, 2020

Session #4 - June 4, 2020

Session #5 - June 19, 2020

Session #6 - July 10, 2020 (Solution Team Presentations)


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:

  • Provides all students with a set of clear course-taking patterns that promotes better enrollment decisions and prepares students for future success;
  • 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 thanFriday, October 12th.

We look forward to LEAPing with you this year!

LEAP 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

Leap Onto The Path Business Plans

LEAP Onto the Path Announcement


LEAP 2016 Solution Team Business Plans:


LEAP 2015 Solution Team Business Plans:

LEAP2 2014:

  • LEAP2 Teambuilding Retreat Photo Slideshow - February 5, 2014

2013 Business Plans

2012 Business Plans

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

2008 Business Plans