Date of Award

Spring 2015

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Jenny Daugherty

Committee Chair

Jenny Daugherty

Committee Member 1

Daniel Lybrook

Committee Member 2

Andrew Hurt


The purpose of this research is to determine how community colleges are creating leadership education. The problem is to identify what aspects of leadership are important to future technologists. There are This study is important because we need to know whether and how community colleges are helping fill the leadership gap in technical industries (Magnuson, 2012). There was a survey and interviews that were conducted to collect the data. The three research questions to this study are (a) how many technical programs in community college in the Midwest region (registered with the AACC) teach leadership, (b) What types of curriculum (degree, certification, minor, certificate, and module) are offered that embed leadership in the identified technical programs, and (c) how are selected programs teaching or implementing leadership education?