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LMC seeks applications for Leadership Accelerator Program

The Leadership Accelerator Program at Lake Michigan College is now accepting applications for the Leadership Accelerator Academy scheduled to begin on Jan. 26, 2023. 

The professional development program was founded in 2015 by leaders from dozens of local, private, public, and nonprofit organizations at Michigan's Great Southwest Strategic Leadership Council. It is designed to create leaders who can effectively grow, sustain, and steer local organizations and communities throughout Southwest Michigan.  

"Lake Michigan College already provides an educational foundation for students who excel in their professions throughout Southwest Michigan and beyond," LMC Interim Provost and Vice President of Academics Dr. Kenneth Flowers said. "The Leadership Accelerator Program is another opportunity for LMC to help engage, empower and develop the next generation of leaders in our community."  

In addition to LMC, the program receives support from Kinexus Group, Corewell Health South (formerly Spectrum Health Lakeland), United Way of Southwest Michigan, and The Strategic Leadership Council. 

More than 160 people have graduated from Leadership Accelerator, which is designed to be an individual journey focusing on personal evolution and professional development while promoting community engagement and leadership. Participants assess strengths, emotional intelligence, community perspectives, barriers to community success, communication skills, and more.   

Ideal candidates for Leadership Accelerator are individuals in high-impact roles and emerging or current leaders throughout the community seeking to increase their leadership capacity.  

The next Leadership Accelerator Academy is scheduled from Jan. 26-July 13, 2023, featuring 13 instructional half-day sessions on Thursdays twice a month, including virtual interaction utilizing LMC's learning management system. Program sessions are taught by a diverse group of local leaders and are held at LMC's Benton Harbor Campus, 2755 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor. Included will be one trip to Lansing to connect with state legislators, tentatively scheduled for early May 2023. The cost of the program is $1,500. Participants receive a certificate upon completion. 

To apply for the 2023 Leadership Accelerator class, visit All applications must be received by Dec. 9. Acceptance notifications will be sent out by Dec. 21  

For more information, contact Dr. Kenneth Flowers, Interim Provost and Vice President of Academics, at 269-927-4103 or or Pam McVay, Director of Culture and Talent Success, at 269-927-8105 or

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