“Leadership HCC” the first program of its kind at CUNY

Hostos is proud to present its inaugural Leadership HCC graduating class
Hostos Community College is proud to present its inaugural Leadership HCC graduating class, The City University of New York’s first-ever leadership development certification program developed and tailored specifically for Hostos by HDS Consulting, inc, a management consulting firm specializing in leadership development.

Eleven high performing HEO series employees were selected for the Class of 2017 to participate in a 10-month highly interactive and intensive program from May 2016 to February 2017 designed to accelerate their development as successful leaders at Hostos.

The program was endorsed by Hostos’ Senior Vice President of Administration and Finance, Esther Rodríguez-Chardavoyne, who recognized the importance of investing in the development of talented staff in order to ensure the future success of the institution and its competitive edge.

Graduates emerged with greater skills and confidence to increase their effectiveness as leaders. Course training included Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality self-awareness activities, advanced problem solving, defining your team’s customer experience, motivation and accountability, conflict resolution and more.   
Hostos President David Gomez and Leadership HCC graduate Piotr KocikLeadership HCC graduate Piotr Kocik, the College’s Director for the Office of Institutional Research and Student Assessment, said the experience was eye-opening.

“After learning specific strategies to improve my leadership, management, and communication skills, I came away much more in tune with myself and my team,” Kocik said. “This program has made me more effective in my role at Hostos.”

Program certification also required the completion of a Continuous Improvement Project designed to provide participants an opportunity to apply advanced problem solving skills to a real life Hostos problem.  The group was broken up into teams of two, and after working collaboratively with their colleagues for five months, each team presented their findings, analysis, and proposed solutions to the Hostos executive leadership. 

The College’s President, Dr. David Gómez, commended the graduates.

“That these talented and committed men and women invested their time and energy, on top of their daily responsibilities, not only affirms their commitment to this institution and our students, but it reaffirms our faith in the quality of those individuals in this institution we are privileged to call colleagues. My congratulations to them all.”

Executive administrators also were impressed by the presentations and are currently evaluating the possible implementation of the proposed solutions.

The program was truly a success and will make a lasting impact on the quality of leadership at Hostos for years to come.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities for nearly half a century. Since 1968, Hostos has been a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs.

Hostos offers 28 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 24 colleges.