MPOWER U is a college-level class in leadership that offers high school juniors and seniors opportunities to experience leadership in action within the communities in the Great River Region of Southeast Iowa.

Students learn the skills and traits of what makes a good leader. The MPOWER U class consists of two students each from all participating high schools in Des Moines, Henry, Lee, and Louisa counties. Participants are selected by their respective faculty and guidance counselors.

MPOWER U students travel throughout the region to meet various community, business, civic, and elected leaders. The class also accompanies leaders from throughout the area for Great River Region Days, an annual trip to Des Moines to meet with legislators and governmental leaders about the needs of the region.

HUM287 - Leadership Development Studies is a 3 credit hour course developed by Phi Theta Kappa, International Honor Society for two-year colleges. The course makes three important assumptions regarding leadership. First, within every individual there exists leadership potential. Second, leadership can be taught. Third, developing a personal leadership philosophy is a prerequisite to learning and applying leadership skills.

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Carl Snipes | Chemistry instructor

I started at a community college before earning a degree in Chemical Engineering, so I know what it takes to succeed.

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