Community Leadership Development is an exciting two-year diploma program designed to develop leadership competencies for working effectively to reach targeted goals with individuals, groups and organizations within communities. Students engage in the process of learning designed to develop individual leadership capacity while exploring and researching social and economic situations in a community. Areas of skill development include communication skills, leadership development and problem-solving with a goal of becoming an agent for change and empowerment. Recent and relevant certifications built into the program make graduates employment-ready and set apart for immediate entry-level community leadership development work.
Community leadership development involves working with community agencies, non-profit organizations, and both the public and private sectors, along with the people they represent. Effectiveness in community leadership requires specific core competencies such as communication and listening skills, public relations and marketing, cultural intelligence, financial and project management, board governance and ongoing personal and professional development. Students will explore different leadership styles, best practices and models used when coordinating service delivery, managing projects, and evaluating services while responding to a variety of community needs, including working with diverse populations.
The focus of the program includes communications, psychology, sociology, human relations, leadership development, community development and social research. Features may consist of topics such as family studies, working with an aging population, child and youth justice, disability studies, mental health and addictions.
Fundamental to the program is engaging students during experiential learning opportunities. Along with on-going group activities and community initiatives, students will participate in two field placements working on real activities and projects with an employer under the direction of a field placement supervisor. A requirement leading up to the field placement experience includes a current Certificate of Conduct and Vulnerable Sector Check. This is also required for volunteer opportunities within the program and by the field placement employers.
Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
- Work effectively and professionally with communities to address current needs and issues (e.g. working with diverse populations, child and youth care, seniors and age-friendly communities, immigration, disabilities and inclusion, mental health and well-being, violence, addictions).
- Demonstrate leadership competencies with innovative approaches to problem-solving, decision-making and managing projects and/or community programs/services.
- Work effectively with individuals, families, groups and organizations, by having a foundational knowledge of the stages of human development and recognizing the value of social and cultural diversity.
- Participate during a non-profit organization’s strategic planning, board governance, volunteer recruitment and advocacy.
- Utilize social media and technology for professional purposes, particularly with non-profit community-based organizations and their networking/stakeholder engagement activities.
- Research, organize, facilitate and manage community projects and initiatives.
- Demonstrate a capacity to act as change agents to amend conditions within communities.
- Communicate with proficiency, clarity, accuracy and confidence among groups and stakeholders.
- Write professional proposals, complete grant applications and fundraise secure funds and sustain existing initiatives and projects.
- Demonstrate by example the importance of self-care and healthy living while also exploring proactive measures towards mental health, well-being and healthy aging by lifelong learning and collaboration with others.
- Cultivate community partnerships, build relationships and raise awareness of common issues and goals among partners and stakeholders (e.g. non-profit organizations, government agencies and the private sector).
1. High School
Provincial High School Graduation Certificate with a 60% average in eight level 3000 credits or equivalent
2. Comprehensive Arts and Science (CAS) Transition
Comprehensive Arts and Science Transition Certificate
3. Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Adult Basic Education (Level III) Graduation with General College Profile (or Business-Related College Profile or Degree and Technical Profile) with an average pass mark of 60%
4. Mature Student Requirements
Applicants who do not meet the education prerequisites for this program, are at least 19 years of age at the time of application and have been out of school for at least one year may be considered on an individual basis under the Mature Student Requirements; for more information regarding the Mature Student Requirements please refer to Procedure AC-102-PR Admission.
International Applicants – English Proficiency
All international applicants must meet the College’s English language proficiency requirements for acceptance into regular programs. The College will accept these recognized tests of English language proficiency (TOEFL paper based 550, TOEFL Internet based 79, TOEFL computer based 213 or equivalent, IELTS Academic Test overall band score of 6.0, or Pearson PTE 53 or greater, etc.).
If a language proficiency test other than those referenced above was used, applicants can forward for assessment.
If an international applicant has attended an educational institution (high school or post-secondary) for a period of three years or more where the official language of instruction was English, the English language proficiency test will not be required.
Note: Some programs may require specific English language requirements and proficiency scores that differ from those stated above; therefore international applicants are advised to please refer to the specific program admission requirements as identified in the College Calendar.
Certificate of Conduct
A Certificate of Conduct, including a vulnerable sector category, will be required. This Certificate can be obtained from the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and must be dated no more than three months prior to the first scheduled day of classes for the program. Please note that this documentation is required in order to be accepted into the program.
- Factors contributing to student success within this program include the following: good writing skills, volunteer work and the enjoyment of helping others.
- Additional documentation may be required by organizations for field placements and volunteer activities.
- Students should be aware that additional fees apply for certifications.
Working within the human services field offers profoundly rewarding opportunities and work experiences. Graduates of the Community Leadership Development Diploma program may find employment with diverse populations among a myriad of organizations and agencies within community, private and public sectors.
This may include, but is not limited to, employment in the following areas:
Child and Youth Care
Mental Health & Wellness