Leadership Academy

The NACEP Leadership Academy was a premier professional growth opportunity that helped me better network and collaborate with passionate early college professionals in our nation. As a result, I feel very supported as part of the larger community. With fellow colleagues, we are growing early college opportunities for students, while being mindful of quality programming, as well as inclusion, access, equity, and diversity.

Speranta Klees, West-MEC | Western Maricopa Education Center

NACEP Leadership Academy 2021

Lead, inspire, and impact the field of concurrent and dual enrollment as a member of NACEP’s Leadership Academy.

Are you looking for a professional development opportunity to challenge you as a leader on the national stage? The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships is accepting applications for the third cohort of our Leadership Academy. This opportunity is perfect for NACEP members who are early to mid-career professionals and eager for a challenge that will broaden their experience from the program level to the national stage.

The NACEP Leadership Academy aims to help catalyze your natural skills in leadership, communication, and collaboration while integrating you as a professional into NACEP’s work through volunteerism and a rigorous capstone project.

This year-long experience will combine virtual meetings and in-person retreats. Academy participants meet monthly for activities, topical seminars, and peer-to-peer discussions. Participants will meet in-person for a leadership retreat at our National Conference in Orlando and also attend NACEP’s 2022 Washington Policy Seminar, participating in Day on The Hill activities.

Leadership Academy participants are partnered with a mentor one-on-one to develop and execute a capstone project that results in a NACEP-supporting project such as the production of a NACEP issue brief, webinar series, focus group development/analysis, or a NACEP Commission-focused project. Participants have the opportunity to gain national visibility for their project through NACEP and our events, publications, and member outreach.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2021.

After having the opportunity to network and build relationships with other dual enrollment leaders during the Leadership Academy, I was able to learn policies and practices that take place across the United States. With that foundation, I was able to lead a state-wide taskforce to determine what our state needs to do to improve access to dual enrollment opportunity. This taskforce was to develop a recommendation for the all of the state’s College presidents to inform legislators and the Governor of the changes needed in order to increase access and inclusion. I am thankful for my experience in NACEP’s Leadership Academy and I believe that my participation will positively impact our entire state.

Caitlin Minch, Prince Georgia’s Community College
Program Dates

The Leadership Academy Kickoff Retreat will be held as part of the NACEP National Conference in Orlando, Florida October 24th-26th. The program will extend through September of 2022.

Participant Development
  • Widen their view of the field through monthly projects, speakers, discussions, and experiences;

  • Receive one-on-one mentoring from other volunteer leaders in the field;

  • Build connections with peers and other emerging leaders in the field;

  • Develop a capstone project that integrates into NACEP’s work as an organization and highlights an area of professional interest for the participant.

Participant Committment
  • Participating in monthly virtual meetings;

  • Meeting with their mentor on a regular basis;

  • Developing and completing a capstone project that supports NACEP’s work.

  • Capstone examples include but are not limited to:

    • The production of a NACEP Issue Brief

    • The development and execution of a webinar series

    • The development, execution, and analysis of a focus group

    • A project focused on supporting one of the NACEP Commissions

    • A project of your own design related to concurrent or dual enrollment

  • Attending the Leadership Academy Kickoff Retreat at NACEP’s 2021 National Conference in Orlando, FL on October 24-26, and our 2022 Washington Policy Seminar in Washington D.C.


Program Cost

A $500 non-refundable participation fee for those accepted into the program.

Participants or their institutions are expected to cover all other costs associated with participating, including registration and travel to required in-person events

Scholarship Opportunity

NACEP’s Engagement Commission is offering one full scholarship for this activity. This scholarship will cover the participation fee, registration for both the NACEP National Conference and 2022 Washington Policy Seminar, and a $3000 stipend to cover travel costs.  

For me, the NACEP Leadership Academy was an important and valuable opportunity to network and collaborate with dedicated, innovative dual enrollment professionals spanning multiple states and regions. This academy is a wonderful platform that gave me an increased awareness of and commitment to developing enhanced leadership skills in service of dual and concurrent enrollment programming while also promoting a deepening awareness of navigating both the challenges and many opportunities facing dual enrollment programs

Diane Dorgan, Gallatin College/Montana State University