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7/11/2013

Gary Sorensen completes student leadership training certification

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[Click Image to Enlarge] Eastern Arizona College’s dean of students, Dr. Gary Sorensen (center), travelled to Park City, Utah, to complete a new student leadership certification at the American Student Association of Community Colleges Advisor Certification Conference. He is pictured here with the Executive Director of ASACC, Phil Clegg, and Cathy Lechmaier, ASACC presenter and student life coordinator for Milwaukee Area Technical College. (EAC – Submitted photo.)
 

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Dean of Students, Dr. Gary Sorensen, travelled to Park City, Utah, to complete a new student leadership certification at the American Student Association of Community Colleges Advisor Certification Conference. This training provides specialized instruction from experts across the country on the current issues and trends in advising student leaders.

The conference sessions covered topics such as roles and responsibilities of student government advisors, liability training, personality profiles, team dynamics, shared governance, and budgeting, to name a few.

“One of the functions of my job,” said Sorensen, “is to teach leadership principles to our new student leaders. This training will help me be effective in leading the leaders.”

“Being from Arizona, he gave a unique perspective to the conference that added immensely to the learning,” said Phil Clegg, Executive Director of ASACC, “We had a great conference with participants from all across the country.”

“This was the first time EAC has participated in this conference,” said Sorensen, “but I don’t think it will be our last. It was a great experience and I hope to be able to bring some students with me next time!”

The American Student Association of Community Colleges hosts one student meeting each year in Washington D.C., and another leadership meeting in various locations; this year it will be New Orleans. ASACC makes leadership, citizenship, and advocacy central themes for the conferences and encourages students to become engaged citizens.

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