Benedictine University offers new leadership program in Mesa

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Benedictine University, a Catholic institution based in Illinois, is offering classes in the East Valley.
Benedictine University, a Catholic institution based in Illinois, is offering classes in the East Valley. (J.D. Long-Garcia/CATHOLIC SUN FILE PHOTO)

They’re first-generation college students poised to make a name for themselves and their college. What’s more, it’s all set to unfold in their own hometown.

A select group of 15 high-achieving graduates from high schools throughout Mesa were recently selected for the Jo Wilson Leadership Program at Benedictine University’s new Mesa campus. The initiative, named after a longtime Mesa educator — now senior administrator at Benedictine — is a specialized pilot training program designed to help first-generation college students fully connect with campus life and opportunities that will maximize their skillset for life.

It involves skill-building interactions, regular discussions with senior administrations and community service projects. Program participants will also connect with assigned faculty and professional mentors and have the opportunity for campus work, a one-time paid summer internship and study abroad.

The program combines leadership, service and the lecture-free next generation learning model. Info: www.ben.edu/mesa/ 

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