Leadership Programs

Leadership Programs

Have you ever considered yourself to be leader? Have you wanted to explore your leadership potential?

The Office of Student Life is committed to developing students to achieve their fullest leadership potential. Students who participate in leadership training will develop and apply leadership skills, and examine their impact on one’s own life and career decisions.

PVCC offers several leadership programs:

MCCCD 3-Day Leadership Retreat

Each year the offices of Student Life & Leadership from both the Maricopa Community College District and Central Arizona College host a three-day retreat designed to strengthen the leadership, life, and wellness skills of students.

The Student Public PolicyForum

The Student Public Policy Forum (SPPF) is an academic program that provides an overview of local, state and national public policy making, and citizen influence and involvement. A focus is placed on experiential learning and leadership development through engagement in the public policy process.


Too busy to participate during the academic year? How about over the summer?

The LeaderShape Institute is the only student leadership development program of its kind in the country. The LeaderShape Institute is a six-day, on-site, intensive leadership training program for students. It is the only opportunity of its kind in the nation to provide this type of training for students for this duration and on-site.

Emerging Leaders

The goal of the Emerging Leaders program is to provide an opportunity for participants to identify, develop and practice leadership skills in order to make positive social change. The Emerging Leaders program is rooted in the philosophy that “leadership is a process, not a position”, which means ALL students are capable of becoming leaders.

This dynamic 2-credit course only meets 5 times during the semester and transfers to all three state universities as an elective. Additionally, students learn leadership skills during the Emerging Leaders Retreat, one of the 5 course meetings, where students actively practice the leadership model.

Can I earn course credit?

Yes! Emerging Leaders, the Student Public Policy Forum, and Student Government can be taken for course credit.

What will I get out of leadership training?

  • Learn about leadership
  • Meet many other people
  • Do something positive for the community
  • Get more out of your college experience
  • Build your resume (gain leadership skills your employer is looking for)

Does the leadership courses transfer?

Yes. LDR transfers to all three state universities as an elective. You will need elective credits to receive an associates degree.

Are there age restrictions to join leadership programs?

No. All currently enrolled students are eligible to join any leadership program or course. Students who are returning for a future semester are eligible for summer leadership opportunities.

How do I join?

Emerging Leaders is listed in the course catalog as LDR 101. The Student Public Policy Forum is listed in the course schedule as a POS requirement. Student Government and LeaderShape have very specific requirements. Please meet with the office of Student Life and Leadership for more details.

I don't feel like a leader. Why should I get involved?

ALL leadership programs offered by PVCC are based on the Social Change Model, which adopt the approach that "Leadership is a process, not a position". Therefore, every student, regardless of past or current leadership experiences, is an emerging leaders.