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
“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.