NCC Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services Larry Mitchell,left, stands with student Chris Mercer, who participated in the N.C. Community College System Student Leadership Development Program.

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NCC Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services Larry Mitchell,left, stands with student Chris Mercer, who participated in the N.C. Community College System Student Leadership Development Program.

NCC student attends leadership program

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Nash Community College student Christopher “Chris” Mercer recently attended the N.C. Community College System Student Leadership Development Program at William Peace University in Raleigh.

Mercer began as a student at Nash Community College in fall 2012 and has earned a 3.3 GPA in addition to the respect of many faculty and staff members. As a supplemental instructor in psychology through the Peer Assisted Learning program and a tutor in the English Studio, Mercer helps his classmates achieve academic success. Upon graduation from Nash Community College, he plans to attend N.C. State University to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology and pursue a career as a clinical psychologist and possibly teach in high school or college.

Thirty North Carolina community college students were selected for the Student Leadership Development Program, participating in hands-on, educational leadership training three times throughout the academic year. In addition to the six-day session in June, Mercer attended two-day mini sessions during the fall and spring semesters.

During the training, participants added to their resumes by learning fundamentals of leadership including communication skills, decision-making strategies and how to work well in teams through daily workshops, speakers, interactive seminars and activities and individual and group projects.

Mercer will share the leadership skills he has learned with the Nash Community College campus through workshops, meetings and other events to help prepare his peers with skills that will provide a smooth and successful transition into the workforce or as they transfer to a university.