Student Ambassador Leadership Program (SALP)
For more than thirty years, the Student Ambassador program has been a premier leadership opportunity for students at Columbus State. Student Ambassadors are paid student employees who promote engagement amongst their peers and represent the college at campus and community events. Each year, approximately 15-20 Student Ambassadors are hired with the purpose of developing strong leadership skills and supporting campus engagement amongst students, faculty, staff, administrators, and campus guests. Student Ambassadors gain professional development through leadership and career training, resume building opportunities, and establishing a professional network. SALP provides a platform for Student Ambassadors to explore and enhance their own leadership skills and goals while serving the Columbus State community.
Are you the next Student Ambassador? Find out more about SALP and how you can join by:
- Asking a current Student Ambassador around campus
- Checking out the SALP page on CougarConnect
- Contacting the Student Engagement and Inclusion Office
- Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Leadership Engagement Series
Each month during the Autumn and Spring semesters, the Student Ambassador Leadership Program (SALP) will open one of their trainings to the larger student body as part of the Leadership Engagement Series. These workshops will take place on Wednesday afternoons from 2:30pm - 4:00pm (Location: TBD). Some of the topics already scheduled include Goal-setting, Growth Mindset, Personal Branding, Financial management, and Self-Care! Every workshop in the Leadership Engagement Series will be listed under upcoming events on Cougar Connect. This is a great way to build your leadership skills and learn more about the SALP program.
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK)
Students are invited to join the Columbus State Community College Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) when they have completed 12 credit hours here with a 3.5 cumulative GPA. PTK hosts events on our campus, completes various projects, and conducts academic research to advance our campus community.
Become a Student Organization Officer
Columbus State has more than 30 student-led organizations founded on shared identities, interests, and fields of study. Student organizations are run by student officers with the support of a faculty or staff advisor and the Student Engagement and Inclusion Office. Officers are able to gain real, hands-on leadership experiences as well as transferable skills that will benefit them beyond their time at Columbus State. Consider joining or creating a student organization and when the time is right, become a leader in that organization by serving as an officer.
Collegiate Leadership Conference of Ohio (CLCO)
Each Autumn, the Student Ambassador Leadership Program host the Collegiate Leadership
Conference of Ohio (CLCO) at the Columbus campus in celebration and recognition of
student leadership development for college students across the state! CLCO provides
students with opportunitites to develop their leadership skills, hear from expert
speakers, engage in hands-on community service experiences, and network with other
students and professionals across Ohio.
CLCO celebrated it's fourteen year anniversary in 2023! Over the last 10+ years, more than 1,600 attendees have had the opportunity to participate in this conference and we are honored to celebrate with the people we met, the speakers we have heard, and the experiences we have made through this awesome student created, designed and led initiative. Each year, key areas of focus include developmental leadership, collaboration, communication, holistic wellness, self-efficacy, diversity, and equity.
Many students participate in and gain leadership skills by gaining a Student Employment position on campus. As a part of Columbus State's Career Services office, Student Employment is a resource that helps currently enrolled students find part-time employment opportunities on-campus and off-campus through our network of non-profit partners. Some positions are open to all students, while others may require a type of Financial Aid known as Federal Work Study. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree or certificate program at Columbus State Community College.
To learn more about Student Employment positions and how you may develop your leadership skills through working on campus, visit the Career Services website.