Lakeland College wins bronze

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October 4, 2016 12:00 AM

Second Award of Excellence for local college

Lakeland College has captured a leadership bronze Award of Excellence.
The World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) announced Sept. 24 that Lakeland won the award in the leadership development category.
The awards were announced during the WFCP World Congress in Brazil. The awards celebrate institutions whose exceptional initiatives strengthen applied learning and research outcomes.
Lakeland was recognized the college for providing opportunities for its students and staff to develop leadership skills.
“We at Lakeland pride ourselves on providing real leadership opportunities for employees and students who are ready to take the lead,” said Lakeland president Alice Wainwright-Stewart.
“Our focus on student-managed learning experiences sets us apart from other post-secondary institutions and has become an important element of our brand promise.”
This is the second time Lakeland has received a WFCP Award of Excellence since a silver Award of Excellence in 2004.
Student-led learning opportunities at Lakeland include the Student-Managed Farm powered by New Holland, the student-run esthetician spa, math fairs in local schools organized by university transfer students, and a simulated fire hall for firefighter students.
The newest initiative is the Student-Environmental Consulting Office which involves environmental sciences students.
On the employee side, Lakeland mentors and supports faculty and staff who are interested in developing their leadership skills.
“We give our people the opportunity to develop their potential,” said Wainwright-Stewart.
“It’s a shared process that requires fostering an environment of trust, respect and mentoring,” she said.
“But the benefit is that shared leadership builds a talent base and creates the next generation of college leaders.”
Lakeland was among 20 institutions from Canada, China, Basque Country, United Kingdom and United States recognized for innovative and inspirational projects.

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