The Parkland College Office of Student Life Leadership Academy is a program to develop leadership skills, so students can excel and make a difference in leadership roles here on campus, in the workforce, and in our community. 

The Student Leadership Academy helps develop those skills through:

  • In-depth discussion of ethical issues
  • Hands-on leadership practice
  • Goal setting for meaningful growth and change
  • Networking

Leadership education of college students is an important and growing movement within higher education.  To succeed after college, students need more than just a degree and specific job skills.  In today’s martketplace, organizations are looking for experienced leaders that are ethical, driven, well-organized communicators with the ability to motivate, empower, and energize others.  

Leadership Tracks

Emergent Leaders:  

Students in this track develop personal philosophies for working effectively with diverse groups to effect meaningful change.  Participants have been nominated by Parkland College faculty or staff.

Student Organization Leaders: 

This track develops campus club/organization members' ability to empower and mobilize others to accomplish mutually agreed upon goals, while advancing their group's integrity and morale.

Global Leaders:

This track spotlights and reinforces the relational and ethical processes students use when working in a global society to accomplish positive change. 

To complete a track in the Student Leadership Academy

  • Complete 12 hours of on-campus and online workshops.
  • Participate in on- and off- campus service-learning leadership engagement.
  • Complete in as little as one semester or at a pace set by each individual student.
  • Student Leadership Academy graduates may be eligible to apply for Parkland Student Life scholarships.

*All Parkland students taking 3+ credit hours are eligible to participate.


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  • Leadership Skills with Mark Kesler

January 14 | 2-3pm | U140

  • Time Management & Goal Setting with Angela Jancola

January 27 | 2-3pm | U140



  • Student Leaders Influencing Change with Amy Sims from Joliet Junior College

February 11| 1-2pm | U111

  • Working it Wednesday: Loving your Job with Carrie Harris
February 12 | 2-3pm | U140
  • Communication Skills with Jodi Littleton
February 25 | 3-4pm | U140


  • Managing Stress & Anxiety with Angela Jancola
March 4 | 1-2pm | U140
  • Multicultural Identity & Leadership with Amanda Mesirow 

from Moraine Valley Community College

March 9 | 1-2pm | U140
  • Working it Wednesday: Know your Worth at Work with Tracy Kleparski
March 11| 2-3pm| U111
  • Strength Finders* with Dean Derrick Baker
March 31| 2-3pm | D244
Pre-registration required. Contact Student Life by 3/27.


  • Choosing Civility with BSSP and Donna Tanner- Harold
April 8 | 1-2pm | U140
  • Etiquette Luncheon*  

April 10 | 11am-1pm | D244

Pre-registration required. Contact Student Life by 3/27

  • Ethical Leadership with Evie Newman

April 13 | 3-4pm | X148

Student Leadership Academy Interest Form/Application


Contact the Office of Student Life at 217/351-2216 or email for more information.