Students in the SouthWest Edgecombe Leadership Corps work on a team-building project.

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Students in the SouthWest Edgecombe Leadership Corps work on a team-building project.

Students get taste of college life

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SouthWest Edgecombe Leadership Training Corps held its annual summer leadership academy on the campus of North Carolina State University.

The academy’s aim is to provide an opportunity for students to broaden their understanding of the various ways to contribute to the school and community, as well as their futures as emerging leaders.

Students attending the academy spent three days and two nights in campus housing at N.C. State.

“During the day, students were able to engage in leadership and team building activities, be exposed to college life, and attend orientations about the college application process,” said Keith Parker, a SouthWest U.S. history teacher and one of the Leadership Training Corps coordinators. “Most importantly, students were able to develop a service leadership project they will be responsible for executing throughout the course of the school year.”

The purpose of the leadership academy is to provide students with the skills and resources they need to plan and implement a service leadership project of their choice either at SouthWest Edgecombe or within Edgecombe County.

Students will have the entire academic year to implement the project with Parker as a mentor and resource.

In the initial session, students took the Myers Briggs personality test as an effort to measure how they perceived the world around them and how they make decisions.

As a part of this, they learned ways to work with group members of different personality types.

On the second day, students began the planning phase of their projects and also engaged in team-building exercises.

The final day was spent with Dr. Bonnie Fusarelli, associate professor in NCSU’s Educational Leadership program and one of the project directors for the Northeast Leadership Academy.

Parker said the decision to host the event at N.C. State came about as a desire to take the academy to a new level.

“We really wanted to focus on college readiness, and we figured there was no better way than total emersion on a college campus,” he said.

Along with Parker, Terry Shackelford (SouthWest Testing Coordinator and College Access Advisor) and Shelton Langley (English teacher at SouthWest Edgecombe High School) are organizers of the SouthWest Leadership Training Corps.