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Community College Leadership, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Preparing Community College Leaders
  • 58

    Number of Community Colleges in NC

  • 3rd

    Largest Community College System in the Country

  • 40%

    U.S. 1st Time Undergrads Begin Post-Secondary Studies in Community Colleges

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Cohort-based hybrid program designed for working professionals

Dedicated faculty with expertise in higher education

Applied learning opportunities

Summer session that brings students and community leaders together for courses and events

Culminating project informed by scholarship and research on a topic related to your professional area of interest

As a 20-year community college employee, the program provided me the opportunity to validate and strengthen my leadership skills in a respectful, collaborative and knowledge-rich environment.
Community College Leadership Program Overview

University-Community College Partnership

UNCW’s Community College Collaborative (UNCW 3C) seeks to grow the next generation of community college leaders through collaborative partnerships, professional development and graduate programs for aspiring college leaders.

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Professional Development Events

Each year, UNCW 3C holds professional development events for aspiring community college leaders. Budgeting, conflict resolution, diversity, equity and inclusion, SACSCOC and the staff-to-administrative transition are some of the topics covered at Aspiring Leader Summit events.

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Annual Conference

UNCW 3C’s annual Challenging the Paradigm conference brings together higher education leaders from across the state for presentations and panel discussions focused on best practices in education. The conference provides an opportunity for CCL students to share research, network and learn from community college leaders.

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CCURE Project

UNCW’s Community College Undergraduate Research Experience (CCURE) program provides unique research opportunities for undergraduate students planning to transfer to a four-year institution and applied learning opportunities for students in WCE’s CCL program.

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