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Students inducted into the first group of the National Society of Leadership and Success at A-B Tech

May 29, 2013

Student LeadersA-B Tech students and outgoing members of the Leadership Team, from left, Leon Harris, Andy Marshall and George Johnson with incoming Leadership Team members Shaniqua Simuel and Crystal Purple at the induction of the National Society of Leadership and Success. 

The A-B Tech Student Life & Development office inducted its first group of students into the National Society of Leadership and Success during a ceremony May 7 in Ferguson Auditorium.

The leadership development program is open to curriculum students who have completed at least 12 credit hours in good standing with at least a 3.0 GPA. The National Society of Leadership and Success Sigma Alpha Pi chapter is a leadership program that has hundreds of branches throughout the nation at community colleges and universities.

“Our Society chapter was founded to help members create the lives they want by enabling students to discover what they want to do, showing them tools for action, and inspiring in them the motivation to achieve their dreams. This is a place for members to interact with one another to create and achieve personal goals,” said Sufia Ikbal, Student Life Assistant.

At the end of the 2012-13 academic year, 167 students completed the requirements for induction into the program and 25 of those students continued with the additional requirements to receive the National Engaged Leader Award.

“All of these students put in a lot of time and effort toward developing themselves as individuals and leaders, and we are so proud of their accomplishments,” Ikbal said.

Inducted members received a certificate, t-shirt, pin, access to a national job board, an opportunity to apply for scholarships and lifetime membership in the national organization. 

The A-B Tech program is designed as a one-semester leadership development training that utilizes the resources of the National Society of Leadership and Success, according to Ikbal. Students go through various components starting with program orientation.  In addition to recognizing students for academic success, this society provides training opportunities for personal and leadership development,” she said.

The Leadership Training session is where members create personal mission statements, explore goal-setting strategies and learn about tools to keep them on track as they move toward their goals.  Students also learn about specific resources through A-B Tech and the National Society of Leadership and Success.

 Success Networking Team (SNT) meetings take place throughout the semester and give students an opportunity to network with fellow members of their cohort group.  “The teams are designed to use peer accountability and support to help each member move forward with the action steps they identified during the Leadership Training session,” Ikbal said.

 Throughout each semester, the program sponsors three Speakers Series to provide students with an opportunity to interact with nationally recognized speakers through live broadcasts in which students can text message questions to the moderator during the broadcast. This past spring, students had the opportunity to interact with Rudy Giuliani, Brad Meltzer and Peter Bregman. For more information on the National Society of Leadership and Success, visit http://www.societyleadership.org/



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