Classified Leadership Academy

Overview

The Classified Leadership Academy (CLA) is a dynamic training and professional development program for permanent, classified employees. The purpose of CLA is to develop the skills and abilities of classified employees who have leadership and advancement potential. Participants gain essential core knowledge for leadership, practical tools for improving performance in the workplace, and opportunities for networking.

Participants commit to a one-year training program. Using a cohort-based approach, participants will attend regularly scheduled sessions that include instruction, self-assessments, individual and group exercises, hands-on activities, lectures, and videos. Presenters include experts from across the district, some of which may have been previous CLA participants themselves.

Successful applicants are expected to commit to attending every session in order to receive the final CLA Certificate of Successful Completion. One missed session is allowed for unforeseen circumstances.

How to Apply

Application information for 2020-2021 is coming soon.

Eligibility

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a permanent, classified employee
  • Have completed at least one year of regular service by August 2020
  • Be interested in enhancing your skills for leadership and promotional opportunities
  • Submit a completed CLA application, letter of interest, and letter of recommendation/approval from a supervisor

Selection Criteria

Candidates are selected based on:

  • Application content
  • Past and present service at Los Rios
  • Potential for leadership

Calendar

Spring 2020 CLA Schedule

Locations vary between District Office and campus sites. Schedule is subject to change.
Date/Time Session Location
January 10, 2020, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm Session 8: Effective Meeting Facilitation; Project Management Sacramento City College Learning Resource Center, Room 105
January 24, 2020, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm Session 9: Basics of Supervision; FRISK; Dealing with Difficult Behavior Sacramento City College Learning Resource Center, Room 105
February 7, 2020, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm Session 10: Customer Service: Positive Attitude, Problem Solving, and Taking Initiative American River College Student Center Community Rooms 1 and 2
February 21, 2020, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm Session 11: Deep Dive on Implicit Bias District Office Board Room
March 6, 2020, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm Session 12: How to Apply for Jobs at Los Rios Part 1 – Preparing Impactful Materials Folsom Lake College Community Room
March 20, 2020, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm Session 13: How to Apply for Jobs at Los Rios Part 2 – Review Activities and Mock Interviews Folsom Lake College Community Room
April 17, 2020, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm Session 14: Public Speaking and Networking District Office Board Room
April 24, 2020, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm Session 15: Final Review Session and Graduation District Office Board Room

Upcoming 2020-2021 CLA Schedule

Check-in and breakfast at 8:00 am; training begins at 8:30 am. Schedule is subject to change.
Date/Time Session Location
July 24, 2020, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Session 1: Welcome, Introductions, and Orientation; Leadership – What It is and Who You Are; How Leaders Behave and Communicate District Office Board Room
August 7, 2020, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm Session 2: Building and Working with Diverse Teams District Office Board Room
September 18, 2020, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm Session 3: Staying Legal; Trauma-Informed Support District Office Board Room
October 2, 2020, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm Session 4: Hiring Committee/CUE 3 Training West Sacramento Community Center
November 6, 2020, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm Session 5: IBA Overview; Conflict Resolution District Office Board Room
December 4, 2020, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm Session 6: Developing Higher-Level Skills on the Job; Finding and Working with a Mentor District Office Board Room
January 8, 2021, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Session 7: Effective Meeting Facilitation; Project Management; Customer Service – Positive Attitude, Problem-Solving, and Taking Initiative District Office Board Room
February 5, 2021, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm Session 8: Basics of Supervision; FRISK; Dealing with Difficult Behavior District Office Board Room
March 5, 2021, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm Session 9: Deep Dive on Implicit Bias District Office Board Room
April 9, 2021, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm Session 10: How to Apply for Jobs at Los Rios – Preparing Impactful Materials and Mock Interviews District Office Board Room
May 7, 2021, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm Session 11: Public Speaking and Networking District Office Board Room
June 4, 2021, 8:00 am to 11:30 am Session 12: Final Review Session and Graduation District Office Board Room

Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I miss more than two sessions?

CLA participants are allowed two excused absences for unforeseen circumstances.

If you miss more than two sessions, then you will not receive a CLA Certificate of Successful Completion until you make up your missed sessions. Missed sessions can be made up during the following year's academy.

Do I need supervisor approval to participate in CLA?

Yes, you need supervisor approval to participate in CLA.

If you are interested in applying for CLA, then communicate this interest to your supervisor as early as possible. You will need a letter of recommendation and approval from your supervisor to be considered for acceptance into CLA.

Can I participate in CLA if it takes place outside of my normal work hours?

Even if your work schedule doesn't align with CLA, you may still be able to participate.

If CLA takes place outside of your normal work hours, then discuss the possibility of adjusting your schedule to align with the CLA schedule with your supervisor.

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