Civic Leadership Program

The Civic Leadership Program combines coursework, community service, leadership training and reflection to encourage students to become active leaders in their community. Students who have completed this program have proven themselves ready not only for a career, but also for citizenship and civic responsibility.

Benefits of Civic Leadership Program:

  • Grow your understanding of diverse cultures and communities
  • Learn more about social issues and their root causes
  • Explore or cement your values and beliefs
  • Opportunities to attend conferences and events
  • More competitive resume
  • Special “Civic Leadership” notation on graduation program
  • Students in the program are eligible for the $500 Civic Leadership Scholarship awarded to one outstanding Civic Leadership student each year

Admission Criteria

  • Must be degree seeking and maintain a 2.0 GPA
  • Must register before starting program requirements
  • Requirements must be completed while a student is enrolled at JCCC, or during the summer or semester breaks between semesters when enrolled.

Civic Leadership Program Requirements


  • Complete a class with a service-learning requirement
  • Service-Learning is a teaching and learning strategy which combines community service with the academic curriculum. For more information visit the Service Learning webpage at:
  • Complete a total of 50 hours of community service


In order to meet the leadership requirement students must acquire 1000 points by choosing between the options below:

  1. Take the LEAD 130 class offered at JCCC (500 pts.)
  2. Hold an office of a student club or organization for an entire academic year (350 pts.)
  3. Attend a leadership conference or symposium (250 pts.)
  4. Complete the Cavalier Leadership Development Program (250 pts.)
  5. Coordinate a service or leadership related event (150 pts.)
  6. Observe a board meeting of a non-profit agency, city council or state legislature (150 pts.)
  7. Volunteer 4 hours at a local campaign (150 pts.)
  8. Write a letter to a representative (100 pts.)
  9. Attend a Civic Leadership group event (100 pts.)
  10.  Attend a political demonstration or rally (100pts.)
  11. Other leadership activities (up to 350 pts.)


As the final component of the Civic Leadership Program, each student will enroll in an online course that requires journal entries and discussions to be evaluated by the Civic Leadership coordinator. The student will also be required to complete a final project which exemplifies and synthesizes the student’s civic experiences and development.

Students are required to create a poster for their capstone project to be shown at the Celebrate Service event at the end of the spring semester.

For more information, contact Tara Karaim, Community-Based Learning Coordinator at