National Community College Hispanic Council (NCCHC) Leadership Fellows Program

National Community College Hispanic Council (NCCHC)
Academic Level
Community-Based Organization
Issue Area
Academic Program
Key Personnel
Program Focus


The National Community College Hispanic Council (NCCHC) Leadership Fellows Program (LFP) provides specialized curriculum to prepare and groom candidates to populate a pipeline of highly-qualified Hispanic/Latino administrators positioned as candidates for community college leadership. 

Program Description

Established 30 years ago, NCCHC's mission includes preparation and support of Hispanic/Latino leaders in America’s community colleges. To increase the levels of representation nationally and provide role models is essential to increasing Latino community college completion rates.Currently, NCCHC offers the LFP in collaboration with the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego. The program consists of two 4-day residential seminars each year with an accompanying year-long coaching, goal setting, and professional development component. The LFP curriculum 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 established community college executives, and who provide advice, insight and encouragement as each Fellow advances through the program and beyond. Other NCCHC programming, conferences and annual seminars provide expanded opportunities for Fellows to enhance their professional growth and network with community college leaders nationwide.


In the first iteration of the NCCHC Leadership Fellows Program (1990-1995) 72 fellows participated, with 21 becoming community college presidents. Since the program's reinstatement in 2003, more than 200 Fellows (14 cohorts) have completed the program. They represent upper and mid-level administrators from a cross-section of community colleges nationwide moving up the career ladder.

Fellows have been promoted to interim president, campus president, president, and chancellor positions, with an average of 30 LFP alumni promotions to VP, Dean, and Director positions per year.

Today, 15% of the 67 Latino CEOs nationwide (12) are former NCCHC Leadership Program Fellows. During a recent 16-month period, at least 45 former Fellows were promoted: 3 vice chancellors 8 presidents; 8 vice presidents; 10 deans; 12 directors; 4 others.