Hagerstown Community College students attend leadership symposium

April 14, 2011
  • From left: HCC students Jonathan Volz and Tim Barger; HCC Student Activities Coordinator Heather Barnhart; HCC student Brandon Gates; HCC Internships and Job Services Coordinator Bonnie Saunders; and HCC students Maria Vera and Amanda England.
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Students in the Leadership Club at Hagerstown Community College recently attended the sixth annual Student Leadership Symposium at George Washington University.

The symposium is intended to bring together student leaders from public and private colleges, universities, high schools, and the military in order to explore topics that are related to being effective community leaders.

This year’s symposium, “Catalyst for Change: The Melting Pot of Leadership” focused on techniques needed to be successful leaders in today’s multicultural society.

 “The symposium provided a great opportunity for student leaders from Maryland, Virginia and D.C. to come together and learn from one another,” said Bonnie Saunders, coordinator, internships and job services and adviser for the HCC Leadership Club. “Students were able to hear from experts about topics such as leadership development, theory, diversity and inclusion.”

Five students attended the one-day event. Attendees included Tim Barger, a mechanical engineering technology major specializing in computer-aided design (from Boonsboro; Amanda England, a graphic design and Web design major from Hagerstown; Brandon Gates, a business major from Rouzerville, Pa.; Maria Vera, a psychology major from Hagerstown; and Jonathan Volz, a history education major from Hagerstown.

The club was formed this spring to teach students how to become effective leaders and enhance their career skills for the workplace.

Students who participate in the club are eligible to receive a leadership certificate issued by the Maryland Community College Activities Directors Association.

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