The ECCEL Program Develops Tomorrow's Leaders
The Eleanor Roosevelt Community College Emerging Leaders (ECCEL) program was designed in 2013 by the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill. The initiative is a dynamic and experiential leadership program that prepares students to excel academically, professionally and in their personal lives.
In November, the students participate in the first of three retreat weekends with students from SUNY Orange, Rockland Community College and SUNY Ulster. Workshop topics include project management, public speaking, leadership skills and diversity.
The students come from diverse backgrounds and cultures and are involved in many issues including child abuse awareness and prevention, healthcare and immigration. These students have career goals and aspire to be leaders in their respective fields.
"The connection that was made with my peers and advisors was special and I gained a new understanding of the type of leader I want to be. It is one of those once-in-a lifetime experiences. You leave having become a better you." Joshua Wright, 2013-2014 ECCEL participant.
This program is made possible for DCC students by contributions to the DCC Foundation.
In 2015 DCC students, Kocelia Ayuoni, Taki Hattori, Jose Lopez-Hernandez, Jovanny Mejia, Marcus Quintana and Carla Williams participated in the third ECCEL program. All have career goals and aspire to be leaders in their respective fields. Marcus wants to finish his college education and then serve as a New York state representative and eventually address the issue of world poverty. Taki grew up in Alabana, but returned to his native Japan for three years to help his family and community rebuild following the 2011 earthquate and tsunami.
For more information please call the Foundation office at (845) 431-8400.
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