Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2018

By Lauren Burgwyn   

More than 400 of the commonwealth’s best and brightest community college students gathered in Virginia Beach, November 16-18 for a “super hero” themed leadership conference, hosted by Virginia’s Community Colleges.

Student leaders, selected by their colleges, heard from national speakers and attended professional development sessions on topics ranging from problem-solving, leadership styles and even super hero personality types.

In addition to sessions, students “Unleashed their Super Leader” by participating in a community service project, preparing hundreds of food packages for “Rise Against Hunger,” an international charity organization.

The activity served as a capstone of a year of community service activities featured in a video, produced by staff and students at Lord Fairfax Community College.

The fact that the conference coincided with the passing of Stan Lee, legendary writer, editor and publisher of Marvel Comics, was not lost on the younger audience, who attended the conference seeking out their own path to “excelsior.”

“You know, my motto is ‘excelsior.’ That’s an old word that means ‘upward and onward to greater glory.’” – Stan Lee

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Virginia's Community Colleges

Created more than 50 years ago, the VCCS is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve about 400,000 students a year in credit and workforce courses.

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