L.E.A.D. at a Glance

Leadership through Experience, Awareness, and Development is a comprehensive leadership program that promotes leadership, teamwork, engagement and skill development.

The Experiential Track is for anyone interested in developing leadership skills, while getting outside and trying new and challenging activities. This track focuses on how to improve communication skills, be a part of a team, and practicing personal reflection!

The Core Track is leadership education based. This track is presented classroom style, where the facilitator uses various methods to engage the audience. The Core Track is offered five times throughout the academic year. Students interested in attending do not need to have attended a previous session. Each session is independent and should add knowledge and build awareness on new leadership topics.

The Life Skills Track is a great way to gain knowledge on a variety of career and life subjects and applicable skills. This track offers tangible and intangible training in areas that can be applied directly to everyday life and work. The Life Skills Track is offered five times throughout the academic year.  Participants can expect to gain knowledge about customer service skills, resume building, and how to navigate college and beyond!

What it means to be a L.E.A.D.er at NHCC

Being an NHCC L.E.A.D.er means that you are an engaged part of the NHCC involvement community. L.E.A.D.ers may be asked to assist with the L.E.A.D. program, conduct outreach to increase awareness and assist Student Life with other program-related tasks. This opportunity is a great way to get involved and make an impact with minimal time commitment.


All students who meet the four- session requirement will:

  • Have solid leadership experience to include on a resume
  • Be invited to attend the annual Student Life Awards Banquet
  • Receive a L.E.A.D. certificate
  • Receive an involvement pin that can be worn at commencement to showcase their involvement at the college

How to Become an Official L.E.A.D.er

L.E.A.D.ers are an important part of the North Hennepin community. They are the students who exhibit leadership in various capacities and have committed to furthering their leadership through the three tracks offered through the L.E.A.D. Program. Students who attend four L.E.A.D. program workshops from either Core or Life Skills track, or three L.E.A.D. In The Wild experiences are eligible to become a L.E.A.D.er.

Work-study students attending to meet the work-study requirement must attend at least two L.E.A.D. sessions, one in the fall and one in the spring. If schedule conflicts interfere with attending sessions, work-study students may request permission from their supervisor to attend a similar session in its place.

Questions about the L.E.A.D. Program can be directed to Alli Beardsley at alli.beardsley@nhcc.edu.