Professional Development


LEAD Academy

The LEAD Academy is designed to provide Long Beach City College employees with the tools and knowledge to gain a deeper understanding of overall functions and responsibilities of the college such as:

  • History and contemporary issues facing Long Beach City College.
  • Institutional goals, dynamics, and culture.
  • Organizational structures, governance, and decision making processes.
  • Student success initiatives¬†
  • Resource Management: Administrative Services & Human Resources¬†
  • Communication strategies.
  • Team building and collaboration.

What is the LEAD Academy?

The Academy is an intensive one-semester program, with a follow-up group project. The Academy is scheduled from August through December each year and consists of an 11-week, 13-session term. The first meeting is held at the UCLA Sunset Village Conference Center in Westwood. This two-and-a-half day live-in session at the beginning of the program provides a relaxed and informal atmosphere, which sets the stage for the process of learning and exchange of ideas throughout the program. Following the retreat, participants will commit to meet throughout the fall semester.


Applying to the LEAD Academy
Application overview & deadlines

If you are an employee who wishes to apply to the LEAD Academy, you should speak with a LEAD Academy alumni and ask them about their experience with the program before submitting the application.

To apply to the program, please submit the LEAD Academy Application along with a self-descriptive letter explaining why you would be a good candidate to Karen Harada by email or inter-office mail.

The deadline to apply to the Lead Academy is March 31. All accepted applicants will be notified by April 27.