Lynna Hedge graduates from Ivy Tech leadership academy

Friday, December 23, 2016

Lynna Hedge of Greencastle was one of 160 students from around the state recently honored in the Ivy Tech Community College Student Leadership Academy (SLA) graduation ceremony.

The Ivy Tech Student Leadership Academy is a leadership development program designed specifically for Ivy Tech students. SLA provides students with an opportunity to further develop their leadership and professional development skills, while learning more about the history and traditions of the College. This state-wide program has a standard structure and curriculum that is offered to students through the region in which they are enrolled.

The 160 students were chosen through a competitive application process, with more than 600 students applying. Students from each region were selected to participate in the 10-week co-curricular program, and have successfully completed the program. The students were honored at a luncheon where Ivy Tech President Dr. Sue Ellspermann, addressed the graduates. In addition, Sam Centellas, the executive director of La Casa de Amistad from South Bend, provided the keynote address.

Each SLA graduate received a specially designed medallion that they will be permitted to wear during Commencement.

In addition, they will receive a scholarship for a three-credit hour course that could be used the spring semester immediately following. The goals of the program are to:

Develop students leadership skills.

Develop students professional development skills.

Develop future student and alumni leaders.

Enhance retention of students from fall to spring semester.

Increase participants pride in the college.

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