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Students strengthen leadership skills at statewide summit

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July 03, 2012

Georgia College student representatives learned new leadership skills from Georgia professionals during this summer’s L3 Summit “Leaving a Legacy of Leadership” in Dahlonega.

The annual five-day program at North Georgia College & State University introduced students to team-building activities and informative leadership training sessions.

“My team was tasked with accomplishing a goal in the shortest amount of time,” said Allyn Harris, a senior management student. “I learned that slowing down and working carefully is a huge part of leadership and one often overlooked.”

Harris joined college students from across the state to learn techniques of becoming an effective leader on campus. Challenging each other, students explored diversity in leadership styles and how to set high standards for leadership on their campuses.

“This year’s program was a challenging and intense experience for our student delegates but one filled with rich learning opportunities,” said John Bowen, Georgia College’s coordinator of leadership programs.

Bowen oversees both Georgia College’s Leadership Certificate Program (LCP) and Georgia Education Mentorship (GEM) Program.

GEM offers rising juniors and seniors the chance to shadow and understand the roles executives play in business, education, law, health care and nonprofit.

LCP gives rising sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn credit hours on campus while learning practices and principles of effective leadership.

As a LCP member Harris and colleagues participated in the L3 Summit to apply their classroom studies into a real-world situation.

“I definitely recommend experiences like this one for any student who considers themselves a leader,” Harris said. “You learn just as much about yourself as you do about leadership.”

For more information about Georgia College’s leadership programs, email John Bowen at To learn about the programs, visit  

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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