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The Grand Rapids Community College Leadership Institute is a 12-month leadership program committed to strengthening new or emerging leaders from across campus. This program is geared to foster a broader understanding of the campus community, accelerate talent development and hone individual and team leadership skills.

The Leadership Institute is designed for individuals who have the capacity and desire to make a positive influence on our campus. Leadership Institute includes content pertinent to talent identification, leadership development and addressing issues relevant to the college community. Participants will have opportunities to engage in college improvement strategies and lead a project within their individual areas of passion.


The GRCC Leadership Institute programs seek a diverse pool of candidates who meet the following criteria:

  • Exemplifies GRCC's Values
  • Commitment to attending the program in its entirety
  • Continuing employment at GRCC for one year after completion of the Leadership Institute program

Time Commitment

Leadership Institute is a 12-month program including six sessions, one session a month starting in January and ending in June. In addition to the six sessions, participants will have individual assignments and a stretch project to complete. For specific dates, please contact Laura Caulk or Angela Salinas.

Selection Process

An employee may self–nominate or be nominated by another member of the GRCC Family for the Leadership Institute. The application must have the immediate supervisor and the executive budget control officer’s signature of approval. The leadership screening committee conducts the selection process. Human Resources will notify each applicant selected (or not selected) to participate in the Leadership Institute.

Application Requirements

Deadline: Friday December 3, 2021 for the 2022 cohort

Leadership Institute Application

Please complete the application in its entirety. Nominations are welcomed. All application packets must be received by the posted deadline.

Please contact Laura CaulkAngela Salinas in Human Resources for a copy of the interactive application.

Leadership Institute (for New or Emerging Leaders)

Whether you are a new leader entering a new role or aspiring to become a leader one day, this Leadership Institute is designed for you. This Institute focuses on leadership development that addresses the unique challenges of a community of higher education. In this Institute you will learn how to develop your full potential, improve communication, and strengthen organizational culture through key leadership competencies. This Institute emphasizes the importance of preparation (acquiring expertise), navigating turbulent obstacles, as well as recognizing and utilizing skills and opportunities—all steps necessary for successful results.

If you are interested in learning more about the Leadership Institute, please contact Laura Caulk or Angela Salinas.