Superior Court Leadership Education Advancement Program Holds First Graduation Ceremony

LEAP Graduation
Photo: Mike Brady, the CTS contract facilitator of LEAP, speaks at the graduation ceremony Video of the graduation ceremony can be viewed here. YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_zuMLSuIow&feature=youtu.be

On August 8, 20 court employees graduated from a six-month supervisory program called the Leadership Education Advancement Program (LEAP). The program offers a series of skill building classes administered by the Riverside Community College District’s Customized Training Solutions and Office of Economic Development. Courses are designed to facilitate the transition of employees into supervisor and management roles.

The 58 Superior Courts of California will see a significant number of court employees retire in the coming years. It was feared the upcoming retirements could create a leadership vacuum. To stave off that concern, the court, Customized Training Solutions and Office of Economic Development developed LEAP. The ability to replace senior supervisors quickly will keep the organization functioning at optimum performance, Mark Mitchell, director, Business and Corporate Innovation and Customized Training Solutions at the District, said.

The classes include coaching and career development in order to assist individuals to be successful in transitioning to an entry-level supervisor or manager role within the courts. The program objectives are to develop future leaders; prepare supervisors and managers for their new roles; encourage career development plans; prepare and provide a candidate pool for succession planning; transfer institutional knowledge; improve employee retention; increase teamwork, motivation, and morale; and most importantly, increase competencies at the supervisor and manager level. 

The program development and implantation of the program was hailed as a ground-breaking opportunity for Customized Training Solutions and the Office of Economic Development by Mitchell.

“This is the first time that the Superior Courts of California or Riverside County used RCCD for a training of this nature,” Jayson Villaflor, deputy executive officer, Human Resources, said. “What made this such an exceptional training program was the trainer (Mike Brady) had leadership knowledge mixed with first-hand management experience from the private sector.”

Mitchell said, he would like to see the three colleges explore using the program in order create a Business Skills - Leadership Curriculum.

“This program could expand the relationship between CTS and the colleges,” Mitchell said, “while creating a guided pathway for employees/students moving directly from a workshop series into a for-credit program at the colleges. ​   

For more information about RCCD’s Customized Training Solutions, visit www.CustomizedTraining.org or call (951) 571-6477.