Leadership Allegany conducting a leadership training event at the Houghton College ropes course
Leadership Allegany conducting a leadership training event at the Houghton College ropes course
Author: Rochelle Cecil
Date: October 14, 2013
Date: October 14, 2013

Leadership Allegany, an adult professional leadership training program in Allegany County, N.Y., is now available for college credit through Houghton College Adult Education. This credit is available to current, future and past participants of Leadership Allegany.

Leadership Allegany is a joint initiative of Houghton College and the Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce. It provides adult professionals who live, work or have a vested interest in Allegany County with a dynamic leadership training opportunity. The program is 10 months long and includes both industry days and classroom sessions.

Dr. Katie Buvoltz, associate dean of Adult and Distance Education at Houghton College said, “It is a local win/win for the community and the leaders within the community.”

The current syllabus is eligible for six experiential learning credits. Credits will be awarded to graduates who enroll in Houghton College Adult Education and submit an essay recapping their experience and what they learned through completion of the program. Past participants may submit their syllabi for review and consideration of credit worthiness.

Pamela Witter, director of development at Houghton College and chairperson and co-founder of Leadership Allegany, said that the program combines the Social Change Model for Leadership Development by UCLA with the Gallup Strengths Finder tool to “generate strength-based civic leaders to serve our local communities.”

“Students not only gain an insider’s view of the county’s primary industries, but they also receive dedicated leadership training,” Witter said. “They conduct small-group service projects, read texts, and write personal leadership development plans as part of their coursework.”

Mary Jo Cronk is a current participant in Leadership Allegany and set to graduate in February 2014. “Leadership Allegany is a unique opportunity to build leadership skills while learning about and connecting to the county we live in.” Cronk stressed that adding college credits to Leadership Allegany gives the program credibility for the work that it is doing for the county. “The benefits I have gained from this program will continue to go with me in both my personal life and professionally,” Cronk said.

“This change allows Houghton College to serve our community well,” Witter said. “Investing back into our county through value-added activities like Leadership Allegany is a priority for the college. This is one way we can generate opportunities for our local residents.”

According to Buvoltz, in the next few months, further review will be given to possibly offering any Allegany Leadership alumni the opportunity to earn credit and transfer to other colleges of their choice.