Program aims to teach college students about leadership
JEFFERSON CITY - Participants of a new program are staying in Jefferson City until Thursday to receive "real life" leadership experience.
Fifteen college men are part of a seven-week internship and are visiting several Missouri companies and government agencies.
Participants in the Missouri Collegiate Fellowship Program's Male Institute are from Harris-Stowe State University, Lincoln University, and St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley.
Students said they see the program as a way to help build their futures.
"I wanted the program to mold me into a good individual," said Jermell Keys, a student from St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley. "So I know all these opportunities were going to be offered to me with this program."
Students aren't the only ones who are excited for the program. Dr. Ronald Lankford, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education deputy commissioner, expressed his support.
"Anything we can do to expand their learning and the positive opportunities they have I think is a good thing," Lankford said. "Yes, I believe it is a very good program."
Five of the students are working with DESE this week. On Monday, the students learned about different teaching styles.
Lincoln University senior, Jemeal Hogan, said he hopes to become a math and history teacher so he can mentor students.
"What I want out of the program is for the program to continue for years to come," Hogan said.
The program is the result of a partnership among the State of Missouri, the St. Louis Minority Business Council, the Inroads program and participating private corporations.