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The Dr. Ted Martinez Jr. NCCHC Leadership Fellows Program

About the program

The National Community College Hispanic Council’s (NCCHC) mission includes preparation and support of Hispanic leaders in America’s community colleges, to the ultimate benefit of our students. The Dr. Ted Martinez Jr. NCCHC Leadership Fellows Program was designed to support these efforts.


Nurturing the pathway to leadership

To address the under-representation of Hispanic leaders in American community colleges, the National Community College Hispanic Council (NCCHC) is offering the Leadership Fellows Program to develop a pool of highly qualified Hispanics, and to assist them in attaining high-level positions in community colleges.

Close to 300 Fellows representing 24 states have completed the program and came from vice-president, dean, and director administrative levels and from a cross-section of community colleges across the country.  


Thank you for your interest.

The 2023 class application is now closed. 


Application details

This program is intended for community college administrators, with strong consideration for applicants who hold Director, Dean, and Vice President positions. A Master's degree is required, a doctorate is preferred. Faculty applicants will not be considered eligible for participation unless they simultaneously hold an administrative position at a community college.

The 2023 Leadership Fellows Program application deadline is May 30, 2023 or until the 2023 Class is filled. The online application form and additional requirements must be received by the deadline to be officially reviewed. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Early application is advised! Accepted applicants will be notified by June 30, 2023.

Conditions and fees

Tuition: $5,500

  • Tuition will cover participant costs for Fellowship seminars, housing, meals, and materials
  • Travel, incidentals, and cost of attending the NCCHC Symposium must be covered by the participant or sponsoring institution
  • Candidates must agree to attend all sessions, including the NCCHC Symposium, and must receive a commitment from the appropriate supervisors for participation
  • Payment due upon program acceptance


  • Currently hold an administrative position (director, dean, vice-president) and aspire to become an executive leader of a community college, such as a dean, vice-president, or president
  • Master's degree required, doctorate preferred

Mandatory attendance and participation of each program component

  • Fellows must attend all sessions and NCCHC Symposium to receive a certificate of completion
    • Fall 2023 Seminar: September 12-14, Chicago, IL
    • 2023 NCCHC Leadership Symposium: September 14-16, Chicago, IL
    • Spring 2024 Seminar: April, dates and location TBA
  • Fellows may submit a Symposium session proposal
  • Fellows must maintain regular online communication with NCCHC leaders and other fellows
  • Fellows must complete a group case study summer assignment
  • Fellows must participate in ongoing professional development
  • Fellows will create a career plan and complete a detailed leadership skills assessment


For questions about The Dr. Ted Martinez Jr. NCCHC Leadership Fellows Program, please contact:

Maria Harper-Marinick, PhD
Executive Director
The Dr. Ted Martinez Jr NCCHC Leadership Fellows Program