The Washington Executive Leadership Academy (WELA) is a one-year leadership training program designed to help current college exempt employees compete for, and succeed in, executive positions in Washington State. In this session we will give the history of the WELA program; examine the governance structure and the funding for the program; and will review the curriculum. Also, two (three) people who have been through the program will share their experiences with the audience. A preview of the WELA program can be found on their website: http://wela.ctc.edu
About the Washington Executive Leadership Academy:
The Washington Executive Leadership Academy (WELA) is an exemplary leadership program created by, and for, Washington State’s community and technical college system. WELA is a one-year program designed to help current college exempt employees compete for, and succeed in, executive positions in Washington State. WELA assists participants in increasing their visibility and connections within the two-year college system while building their system knowledge and leadership capacity. Participants in the Washington Executive Leadership Academy (WELA) develop a valuable network of friends, colleagues and connections throughout Washington State’s community and technical college system, while learning about its administration. They develop relationships with the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and learn about the legislative process. Successful college leaders share their talents and experience with the WELA cohorts. The Academy combines in-person experiences with on-line work, reading, and campus-based learning experiences. College leaders brief the WELA class on important system and institutional issues and procedures. The WELA class takes part in community and technical college system-wide conferences and meetings, as well as improves their resume writing, application strategies and interview skills through direct feedback on their current performance in these areas. Their background and readiness for a Dean, vice-president or presidential position will be assessed, and an individual plan developed to fill in gaps in skills and experience.