Lakeland receives international award for leadership

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September 29, 2016
Lakeland College has received an international award for providing opportunities for its students and staff to develop leadership skills
The World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) announced Saturday that Lakeland won a bronze Award of Excellence in the leadership development category. The awards were announced during the WFCP World Congress in Brazil. The awards celebrate institutions whose exceptional initiatives strengthen applied learning and research outcomes.

“We at Lakeland pride ourselves on providing real leadership opportunities for employees and students who are ready to take the lead. Our focus on student-managed learning experiences sets us apart from other post-secondary institutions and has become an important element of our brand promise,” says Alice Wainwright-Stewart, president of Lakeland College.   

A few of the many examples of student-led learning opportunities at Lakeland include the Student-Managed Farm – Powered by New Holland, the student-run esthetician spa, math fairs in local schools organized by university transfer students, and a simulated fire hall for firefighter students. The newest initiative is the Student-Environmental Consulting Office which involves environmental sciences students.

On the employee side, Lakeland mentors and supports faculty and staff who are interested in developing their leadership skills. 

“We give our people the opportunity to develop their potential. It’s a shared process that requires fostering an environment of trust, respect and mentoring. But the benefit is that shared leadership builds a talent base and creates the next generation of college leaders,” says Wainwright-Stewart. 

Lakeland was among 20 institutions from Canada, China, Basque Country, United Kingdom and United States recognized for innovative and inspirational projects.

Lakeland’s win marks the second time the college has received a WFCP Award of Excellence. In 2014 Lakeland received a silver Award of Excellence in the college-industry partnership category.

September 28, 2016