OJCs Presidents Leadership Program Accepting Scholarship Applications

Description: The President’s Leadership Program (PLP) at Otero Junior College is currently accepting applications for the 2021-22 academic year. The deadline for scholarships at OJC this year is April 1.

OJC’s President’s Leadership Program Accepting Scholarship Applications

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ................................................................ March 5, 2021

LA JUNTA — Calling all leaders! The President’s Leadership Program (PLP) at Otero Junior College is currently accepting applications for the 2021-22 academic year. Scholarships may be awarded to leadership scholars who are selected through a competitive process for the program. To apply online visit http://www.ojc.edu/about/supportojc/presidentleadership/leadership_application.aspx. The deadline for scholarships at OJC this year is April 1.

Samme Ormiston, a member of the OJC business faculty is directing the leadership program. According to Ormiston, the goal of PLP is to develop and train emerging leaders at Otero Junior College through an academic leadership program that is focused on field experience, service and experiential learning. Students accepted into the program will earn an academic Certificate in Leadership Studies in conjunction with an associate’s degree.

The Certificate in Leadership Studies is compiled of 12-credit hours of study that includes two 3-credit hour core leadership courses and two additional elective courses from a wide-variety of academic programs on campus.  The required 3-credit leadership core courses taught by Ormiston will include:

1). Management 224: Leadership – offered during Fall Semester.

2). Management 287: Cooperative Education/Leadership – offered during Spring Semester.

“In addition to earning a Certificate in Leadership Studies at OJC, we have also been able to align our program with similar programs at four-year colleges in Colorado, thus creating the opportunity for students to seamlessly transfer into those programs and minor in leadership after leaving OJC,” said Ormiston.

The second aspect of the Leadership Certificate is service learning experience. “The program places an emphasis on community service and civic engagement in order to help scholars develop a social awareness, civic responsibility and interconnectedness,” explained Ormiston. Students benefit greatly from the service aspect of the program.  PLP alum David Olatunji said, “I truly loved the service learning experience. It gave me the opportunity to learn more about the community and interact with people that I normally would not encounter on a daily basis. It also enhanced my discipline and work ethic.”

Scholars have ample opportunity to participate in experiential learning activities. PLP scholars will learn about leadership through numerous hands-on experiences. Experiences will vary each year and could include such activities such as annual leadership workshops and conferences, lectures from recognized leaders and opportunities for leadership positions on campus and in the community. “This year members had the opportunity to work with leaders from across the nation and have learned valuable life lessons from a variety of reputable sources,” said Ormiston.

Scholarship selection will be based on leadership potential, intellectual curiosity, commitment to something outside one’s self and successful interview participation. A minimum of a 3.2 cumulative high school or college grade point average is recommended. Scholars must have the intent to earn an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science Degree at OJC. All scholars will be chosen based upon:

•    Completed online application that includes an essay question and examples of leadership and service experiences

•    Two letters of recommendation

•    High School or college unofficial transcripts

•    Personal interview


PLP alum Kayla Valdez says, “My advice to those interested in the program would be, APPLY, APPLY, APPLY! Take that step in growing. Choosing to apply was one of the best decisions ever. PLP is not only a place to learn new leadership skills and create a new family, but it also allows you to be heard and use your voice.”

For more information contact:  Samme Ormiston, President’s Leadership Program Director, 1802 Colorado Ave., La Junta, CO  81050, 719-384-6850, Samme.Ormiston@ojc.edu.

About Otero Junior College

Founded in 1941, Otero Junior College is located on an attractive 40-acre campus on the southern edge of La Junta, Colorado. The mission of Otero Junior College is to provide a quality higher education that is accessible, transforms lives, expands employment opportunities, enriches communities, promotes individual and global cultural diversity, and fosters economic development.

Otero Junior College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is member of the Colorado Community College System. OJC offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees for students who plan to transfer on to four-year bachelor degree programs. The College also offers numerous workforce ready degrees and certificates that prepare students to enter the workforce within one or two years.

Otero is a full-service campus offering on-campus student housing and dining services. Students have the opportunity to receive both an outstanding academic education and experience the amenities of a large university with 12 intercollegiate athletic sports and numerous student-life clubs, organizations and events.