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Heartland Prepares Students for Leadership

Students at Heartland Community College are getting ready to take their leadership skills to the next level. More than 75 students will attend the Power of Peers institute on August 2. The daylong workshop will develop participants’ mentoring, career, customer service and interpersonal skills.

The institute is a first for Heartland and stems from the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities grant that was awarded to the College’s Disability and Support Services department in the spring of 2013. In addition to the institute, the grant provides an array of training for faculty, staff and students on disability awareness and provides mentors for Heartland’s Academy of Learning Opportunities (HALO) program, a program that offers access to higher education for students with intellectual disabilities. Mentors attend classes with HALO students and assist them with taking notes, studying and socialization in the classroom.

Power of Peers is an opportunity for mentors to develop their skills with other mentors. “Effective peer leadership can be a crucial factor in the sustainability and success of students,” said Anita Moore, Director of Disability Support and Tutoring Services at Heartland. “Mentors will have the opportunity to work with each other to develop their skills so they are better able to help their peers experience success.”   

The institute takes place August 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Astroth Community Education Center on Heartland’s Normal campus, 1500 W. Raab Road. Attendees will spend the day participating in interactive breakout sessions and roundtable discussion groups led by presenters from inside and outside Heartland.

For more information on Power of Peers, contact Anita Moore at 309-268-8259.