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Butler Leadership Studies Program

At Butler Community College, we strive to develop dedicated, responsible, involved, lifelong leaders who will make a significant difference in their business, community, organization, or state - both today and in the future.

The cornerstone of the above goal is our new Leadership Studies program. We hope to:

  • increase individual student's awareness of their own leadership potential
  • develop qualified leaders to serve in a variety of capacities (business, civic, church, etc. )
  • foster and cultivate the attitudes, behaviors, and values associated with effective leadership
  • reward student volunteerism and service that gives back to the community, engages future leaders, and develops interpersonal skills

Butler's Leadership Studies program was made available through a congressional award in 2003 to create the Butler Leadership Credentialing Initiative: An Innovative Program for Student, Community, and Corporate Leadership.

The contents of this program were developed under an award from the U.S. Department of Education; however, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government

This program is especially valuable because of its unique combination of academic and theoretical knowledge, with practical, hands-on leadership experience. Participants are encouraged to concurrently be active with student organizations or to utilize life, military, Service-Learning, volunteer, or work experience as a subject for class discussion, participative activities, and writing assignments.

Visit Butler Student Life on the Butler Website or call them at 316-323-6469 for information about getting involved in a student organization.

Using the Social Change Model of Leadership Development (Higher Education Research Institute, 1996) premises, the leadership studies classes will promote the values of equity, social justice, self-knowledge, personal empowerment, collaboration, citizenship and service. This program will empower students with the skills and attitudes necessary to be civic leaders. These courses are also a good supplement to any collegiate area of study.

The Leadership Studies Program includes four leadership studies classes (three of which were developed as a result the award).
LS Studies courses available:
  • LS 150 Exploring Leadership, 3 credits
  • LS 160 The Emerging Leader, 3 credits
  • LS 220 Team and Community Building, 3 credits
  • LS 230 Leadership Development, 3 credits.
Courses are offered in regular, face to face classroom settings or via online format.