MPowerU Course Objectives and Details

What: An opportunity for high school students to develop effective leadership skills, network with business partners and earn three SCC college credits (HUM-287 Leadership Development Studies).

Who: Two High School Juniors per school during the 2008-09 school year. Names are due by June of each year.
(Note: Schools are encouraged to give strong consideration to students who may not currently hold leadership roles, but who exhibit potential in this area.)

Instructors: Instructor Carlene Woodside and assistant instructor, Matt Gibreson are both certified by Phi Theta Kappa to teach the curriculum.

When: The course format would include an orientation session for participants and their parents/guardians, a weekend retreat, eight program days throughout the year, participation in Great River Region Days, and graduation. The complete schedule is available through your high school counselor.


  • Business and Technology
  • Arts/History/Culture
  • Health Care and Social Services
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
  • Government
  • Environment
  • Personal Leadership Philosophy


  • Developing a Personal Leadership Philosophy
  • Articulating a Vision
  • Leading with Goals
  • Applying Ethics to Leadership
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leading and Conflict Resolution
  • Building a Team
  • Empowering Groups
  • Initiating Change
  • Leading by Serving

Where the course will take place
See attached program sheet for specific dates and locations.

How business and industry partners will be involved
Assist in coordinating the sessions.
Serve as guest speakers at the sessions.
Provide opportunities for service learning.
Provide support through a variety of sponsorships.

How the course will be assessed
Students will demonstrate growth in leadership skills through...

  • Attendance and full participation in all sessions. If students are involved in after school activities, they should receive permission to be late, if necessary.
  • Journaling
  • Class projects and presentations
  • Community service
  • Unit assignments

How the course will be supported
School districts, families, and sponsorships will provide for the costs associated with the course, such as instruction, travel, meals, meeting expense, graduation, etc. School district cost per student will be $308/student, plus textbook.

Families/students will be asked to provide the registration fee for Great River Region Days.

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