Leadership Development Series

  • Program details
  • Dates and time*: 6 – 9 p.m. Thursdays: Sept. 30*; Oct. 7, 21 and 28; Nov. 11 and 18; Dec. 2 and 9*
  • Location: First and last meetings in person at WSU Vancouver; six meetings online, instructor-led live sessions.
  • Number of sessions: Eight meetings over 11 weeks
  • Instructional fee: $1,195
  • Format: In person and Zoom videoconference for online

*The first and last meetings will be in person at WSU Vancouver. They will also be available live on Zoom, if you choose to participate remotely.

This program provides an opportunity to develop the skills and abilities of new and emerging leaders, with an emphasis on Key Principles and Interaction Essentials required to lead diverse and dynamic work teams.

What you will learn

As a result of the course, you will be able to:

  • Apply Key Principles to create and sustain personal connections, encourage two-way communication, strengthen relationships and build trust.
  • Use Interaction Guidelines for more effective interpersonal interactions.
  • Analyze Ego States and the inherent variation among individuals.
  • Develop techniques for providing Effective Feedback and Coaching to drive change.

The certificate program follows an Applied Learning Model, combining in-class training and the application of course concepts synthesized with real-world project applications. The Applied Learning Model helps to accelerate learning and increase students’ knowledge depth. See Planned Course Sessions for more information.

Meetings and format

The course consists of two in-person meetings at WSU Vancouver and six Zoom videoconference meetings with live instruction. Each meeting is three hours. To attend via Zoom, students will need a computer with webcam and microphone and high-speed internet.

Each Zoom session allows for live interactions with the instructor and other students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Assignments and other materials will be available online through a web-based learning management system.

Meetings are held weekly except for a few weeks due to the instructor’s availability.


The instructional fee is $1,195, including a nonrefundable administrative fee of $75. The fee covers the course materials, which will be accessed online. See registration for details.

Who should attend

Working professionals who are in emerging roles as front-line leaders (including technical or business professionals who are relatively new to leading teams) or experienced leaders who need to sharpen their skills relative to team leadership and ways to address new challenges. See Requirements for eligibility.


Jay Schmidt portraitJay Schmidt is executive vice-president and general manager of Silicon Forest Electronics, a contract manufacturing firm in Vancouver, Washington. Jay was the primary instructor of the Manufacturing Leadership Academy at Clackamas Community College from its onset in 2008. He holds MBA and Bachelor of Science degrees from Concordia University in Portland and is a DDI Certified Instructor.