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From 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28, Pima Community College will host the second annual Emerging Leaders Student Summit.

Pima will host two summits this school year, with the next one taking place on Feb. 15, 2019.

The Emerging Leader Summit is a free, all-day, six-session open conference, available to any enrolled student at PCC. There will be a Pima leadership Q&A, with up to 25 workshops where students can mix and match what life skills interest them most. Followed with closing remakes and a keynote speaker, lunch is also provided.

Last year’s keynote speakers included, Pima Chancellor Lee Lambert and Michael Peel, Southern Arizona director of Local First Arizona.This year’s keynote speaker will be Milta Ortiz, a playwright and marketing and outreach director of Borderlands Theatre Company.

This is the second Emerging Leadership Summit that Pima has developed on its own. For over a decade, PCC had been collaborating with the UA.

In the past, the summit was spread across multiple weekends. Today’s incarnation gets all six workshops taken care of in a day and includes six, 50-minute presentations. It also will be catered by Jason’s Deli.

The summit began as a partnership with the UA Blue Chip Leadership Program, which is designed to get students to engage with other like-minded individuals. The summit is a great place for students of all ages to interact with others interested in improving their leadership skills.

The Emerging Leaders Summit is the first of three leadership summits. The next is the Jade Social Justice program is a three-day out-of-town retreat from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 at Triangle Y Campgrounds in Oracle. The Aztec Gold Program will take place on May 3.

Students must complete the Emerging Leader Summit and the Jade Retreat to qualify for the Aztec Gold Program. Students can register for the Jade Program at the student life office or online at Space is limited to 40 participants.

Any student that completes the entire Emerging leaders Summit will receive a certificate of completion along with a bronze leadership cord that can be worn during graduation. Other accolades can be achieved by completing the JADE and Aztec Gold Program.

“We cover such a variety of topics,” said Jennifer Wellborn, program coordinator at Student Life at PCC.

“Hopefully, everyone can get something out of this,” said Guadalupe Caballero, Desert Vista head of student life. “Students could become better leaders and obtain leadership skills”

Shawn Graham, head of admission and recruitment, explained how participation has impacted students.

“The initial group I had said as soon as they stared applying for jobs and putting down they were in this program, they started getting calls back for interviews,” Graham said.

The Emerging Leaders Summit is a place Pima students of all ages can get academically recognized and uses that recognition to further there student experience.

Organizers said the program looks good on resumes, applications. Interested students must enroll online at The website is case sensitive, and space is limited.

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