Ozarka College Hosts Leadership Conference

Sixteen students, along with several staff members and guests, recently participated in a leadership workshop at Ozarka College.

The workshop, “Growing Leaders in Our Community,” was directed by the Ozarka College TRiO Student Support Services program and featured Ryan Eller from Paradigm Shift (myparadigmshift.org).

Eller’s program, “We are the Music Makers and Dreamers of Dreams,” guided students through exercises to define personal goals and values and to put those goals and values into action.

The remainder of the program, conducted by Ozarka’s TRiO staff, explored the student’s individual strengths. Staff members shared their personal strengths based on the Strengths Quest evaluation and helped students recognize a variety of ways personal strengths can be applied to school, career and leadership.

The costs of the speaker and lunch from Words and Afterwords were covered by local donors.

“We were very happy to form some partnerships with community businesses that are interested in the development of future leaders,” said TRiO Director Deltha Shell.

Event sponsors included Renee Clay-Circle, Modern Woodmen and Rebel Station.

Ozarka College’s TRiO Student Support Services program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal TRiO Programs. The 2012-2013 funded award is $278,421. All activities and services offered to the students in Student Support Services are made possible through these grant funds.*



Ozarka College is a comprehensive technical/community college, with locations in Fulton, Izard, Sharp and Stone counties. The college offers 28 associate degrees, technical certificates and certificates of proficiency, as well as workforce training, continuing education and adult basic education.