National Community College Hispanic Council (NCCHC) Leadership Fellows Program

 National Community College Hispanic Council (NCCHC) Leadership Fellows Program
The National Community College Hispanic Council
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Program Focus


The National Community College Hispanic Council (NCCHC) Leadership Fellows Program prepares and supports Latino leaders in community colleges. They provide a specialized curriculum to increase the number of Latinos prepared to pursue high-level administrative roles at community colleges and prepare current administrators for promotion at their institutions.

Program Description

NCCHC Leadership Fellows program identified the need for role models to be essential in increasing Latino community college completion rates and increasing the Hispanic/Latino representation nationally. NCCHC offers the Leadership Fellows program in collaboration with the College of Education at the San Diego State University. The program consists of two 4-day residential seminars annually, with an accompanying year-long coaching, goal setting, and professional development component. The curriculum used by the program looks through the lens of the Latino experience in the community college context. The curriculum includes cultural leadership and management components that promote the overall support and success of Latino students and leaders in community colleges. The coaching component provides connections with NCCHC members who are community college executives, and who offer advice, insight, and encouragement as each fellow advances through the program and beyond. Lastly, other NCCHC programming, conferences, and annual seminars offered to fellows expand opportunities to enhance their professional growth and network with community college leaders nationwide.


  • Moving up the career ladder: Representing upper and mid-level administrators from a cross-section of community colleges nationwide and moving up the career ladder, since reinstating in 2003 through 2018, more than 200 fellows completed the program. 
  • Alumni in leadership positions: In 2018, 15% of the Latino CEOs nationwide were former NCCHC Leadership Program Fellows.
  • Increase Latino representation in higher education: As of 2020, there are 14 former NCCHC participants among the 62 Latino community college CEOs nationwide. In a recent 36-month period, 85 former fellows have received promotions in 21 states: 5 vice chancellors, 3 provosts/vice presidents, 22 vice presidents, 24 deans, and 17 directors.

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