Lamar State College-Orange’s successful First-Line Leadership Program kicks-off its fourth year of training leaders and supervisors in February 2009. The program is designed to provide specialized training for new and upcoming front line leaders or serve as a refresher for existing supervisors, managers and foremen who manage and train teams of workers in businesses and organizations. Individuals can be recognized as First-Line Leaders by completing all seven modules or have the option to attend modules individually.

Module 1, Traits of Leaders, is a two-day course on Feb. 25 and 26 which focuses on the importance of leadership in achieving long-term organizational success and include topics in the qualities and roles of leaders and identifying personality types. 

Communicate Effectively and An Introduction to Training Others is Module 2 and is also a two-day course on March 11 and 12. Explore the benefits of good communication and interpersonal skills and receive an introduction to training others by learning effective listening skills, oral and written communication techniques, the importance of documentation and training different personality types.

Learn the Responsibilities of Leaders in Module 3. This one-day course on March 26 focuses on a leader’s role and responsibility managing legal issues, building a harassment-free workplace and sexual harassment. 

Module 4, Managing Conflict, a two-day course on April 8 and 9.  Learn how to identify the causes and methods for resolving organizational conflict when dealing with difficult people, managing conflict styles, leading others through conflict and involving human resources. 

Module 5, Decision Making and Problem Solving is a one-day course on April 25 that explores the process of decision making including conquering your key moments, personal accountability and responsibility and a systematic approach to solving problems.

Module 6, Building and Leading a High Performance Team is a highly interactive one-day course on May 14 that teaches how to develop the infrastructure of a high performance team. Topics for this popular course include developing a charter and setting goals, understanding customer requirements and diagramming work flow and clarifying roles of team members.

The last module is Leadership Training Capstone and Certification. This one-day course on May 28 concludes leadership training and teambuilding. Those who are graduating from the entire program make a very brief presentation describing practical application of the training learned at their worksites. 

Modules are taught by two highly experienced and motivated instructors, Kent Hutchison and Robert (Bob) Hurst. Kent has served as a facilitator, leader and key-note speaker for the past 17 years as well as a Quality Assurance Manager in industrial construction and Director of Continuing Education and Professional Development at Stephen F. Austin State University. Bob founded Critical Leadership and has served as a facilitator, leader and keynote speaker for over 30 years challenging thousands of people to discover and further develop critical leadership and communication skills and building a corporate culture of high-performance teams among others. Both Kent and Bob assisted Lamar State College-Orange and industry in creating the program’s customized and successful curriculum.

Graduates receive a framed certificate of completion and 80 contact hours of non-credit professional development if completing the entire program or individual certificates recognizing the modules attended and contact hours earned.  Enrollment for all seven modules is $1,275 and individual modules are either $149 for one-day courses or $279 for two-day courses. All module fees include materials, breakfast, lunch and refreshments. Students who have attended previous training modules and would like to complete the entire program are encouraged to register. For more information about First-Line Leadership, call the Workforce Development Department at Lamar State College-Orange at (409) 882-3966.