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Professional Development



Portrait of Louisiana Leadership team

The Louisiana Leadership Academy is a progressive training opportunity for employees. It was established to develop the skills and talents of mid-level managers and to help groom them for advancement within the system.


Certified Workforce Developer

Certified Workforce Developer team

The CWD provides consistent, high quality services in all aspects of workforce development through LCTCS and LED FastStart training to meet the evolving needs of Louisiana’s vastly unique business climate.



Master Teacher Seminar photo

The Master Teacher Seminar allows participants to actively share and reflect on their professional teaching experiences. The purpose is to increase openness and self-awareness, willingness and ability to solve problems, commitment to students and respect for and trust in their colleagues.

THE MASTER TEACHER SEMINAR WILL TAKE PLACE JUNE 2-6, 2019. Contact your Chancellor if you are interested in participating.


Mark McLean

Mark McLean First Recipient of President's Faculty Fellowship

“Participation in the President’s Faculty Fellowship will increase my opportunity to conduct research and apply my knowledge to positively impact the LCTCS, Delgado, our students, and the community. The foundation of my doctoral program is Workforce Development so my entire doctoral journey is dedicated in this space and to this cause. The research goals and interests that I am already exploring are directly aligned with the LCTCS commitment to student success. Additionally, my current activities and future areas of potential research align with multiple goals of Louisiana 2020.”

Mark McLean, Assistant Professor and the Business Division Coordinator at the Delgado West Bank Campus. 
Program of Study: USM’s Human Capital Development Ph.D. Program.

President's Faculty Fellowship photo

President’s Faculty Fellowship

The President’s Faculty Fellowship is awarded annually to an outstanding professional educator in the LCTCS. The purpose of the fellowship is to ensure that capable people within the System have opportunities to prepare themselves for top-level management and instructional positions within the LCTCS. This can be accomplished by earning two types of doctoral degrees: community college leadership/higher education degrees or discipline-based degrees.

For additional information, click here.

To apply for the 2019-2020 fellowship, click here.

To obtain a copy of the Signature Sheet, click here.

Tuition Education Incentive

College led program providing tuition assistance for full-time, unclassified employees to attain additional education and complete degrees in partnership with Louisiana’s universities.

For more information, contact your college HR office

Teaching Excellence

The purpose of the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence is to recognize excellence in teaching in Louisiana’s community and technical colleges. Awarded annually to one teaching faculty member within the LCTCS who distinctly represents the teaching excellence found at the LCTCS colleges.

For additional information, click here.

To apply for the 2019 Award, contact your Chancellor.


2020 Annual Conference Track Descriptions

2020 Annual Conference Agenda (Coming Soon!)

Annual Conference

Three days of workshops and general sessions for professional development, collaboration and team building amongst faculty, staff and administrators across the state. More information about the 2020 Annual Conference.

Governor Edwards

Governor Edwards Speech Highlights

During the 2016 Annual Conference, Governor John Bel Edwards conveyed his understanding of the value of community and technical colleges.

Peer Groups

Every year faculty and staff across our System convene at the LCTCS Annual Conference to build relationships and discuss important topics impacting their respective disciplines. Peer groups meet to establish goals and facilitate discussions throughout the year to improve student learning and development.



Provide an opportunity for faculty to learn and share success strategies for student retention, persistence, completion, and best practices.


Provide an opportunity for staff to learn and share best practices, problem resolution, and innovations that feed up to the Leadership Team.


Professional Development

The Professional Development Committee includes a Chancellor appointed representative from each college. Members act as the primary contact and liaison for OPD outreach to colleges. This is a two year commitment.

Conference Planning

The Conference Planning Committee is volunteer committee consisting of college representatives and System staff who work with the OPD in planning the Annual Conference. This is a year-long engagement.


LLA Class of 2015 Yearbook

LLA Class of 2015 Yearbook Portrait

LLA Class of 2016 Yearbook

LLA Class of 2016 Yearbook Cover

LLA Class of 2017 Yearbook

LLA Class of 2017 Yearbook

Professional Development Calendar

Contact Us

Jennifer Freeman
Director of Professional Development