Conway Collegiate Leadership Institute

Unlock Your Potential and Launch Your Career

Underwritten by Arvest Bank

The Conway Collegiate Leadership Institute (CCLI) is an experiential learning program that equips fellows with the tools and knowledge to thrive in their careers. Our program focuses on personal and professional development, career education, and meaningful connections with area employers through our extensive network of local businesses. 

Your Path to Success

By participating in the CCLI, fellows gain valuable skills and connections that will help them succeed in their future careers and make a positive impact on the Conway community. This includes opportunities to:

Develop Professionally

The CCLI program is designed to provide you with experiential learning opportunities that focus on personal and professional development. With the help of experienced mentors and industry experts, you will receive guidance on how to succeed in your chosen field. Through a series of sessions on topics such as career readiness, financial wellness, and Launch Conway, you will develop the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in your career. This feature can help you to build a strong foundation for success, whether you are just starting out in your career or looking to advance to the next level.

Elevate Your Skills

In addition to providing you with access to top employers and experienced mentors, the CCLI program is designed to help you develop crucial soft skills for success in your career and life. Through a focus on personal growth, you will learn how to communicate effectively, build relationships, and lead with confidence. These skills are essential for success in any field and can help you stand out as a strong candidate for internships and job opportunities. By participating in the CCLI program, you can elevate your skills and position yourself for long-term success.

Build Your Network

One of the most valuable aspects of the CCLI program is the opportunity to connect with other like-minded fellows in a supportive community. Throughout the program you will have the chance to build relationships with other students from all three of Conway's colleges and universities. These connections can be invaluable for your personal and professional growth, as they can lead to new friendships, mentorship opportunities, and potential collaborations in the future.

Connect with Employers

The CCLI program will allow you to connect with employers ahead of applying for internship and full-time positions. Throughout the program, you will gain exposure to potential employers, learn about their hiring practices, and receive guidance on how to stand out during the application process. This can be incredibly beneficial for jumpstarting your career and opening doors to exciting job opportunities.

Unlock Your Potential

CCLI is designed to provide an immersive and engaging experience for all fellows. During the semester, you will attend five sessions, including a retreat, to develop your skills and knowledge. Industry professionals will present throughout the program, providing the opportunity to expand your network and learn from subject matter experts. 

Frequently Asked Questions

High-performing, service minded, juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled at one of the three colleges or universities in Conway, Arkansas (Central Baptist College, Hendrix College, and the University of Central Arkansas) are eligible to apply.

The program consists of five three-hour sessions held over the course of a semester. 

The application process typically involves submitting an online application form, a resume, and a personal statement.  Applicants may be required to interview with a selection committee.

Fellows will graduate from the program having received: 

  • Experiential learning that focuses on personal and professional development and career education
  • Opportunities to develop meaningful connections with area employers, community leaders and fellowship classmates
  • A broadened sense of community involvement and outlets for leadership service
  • Mentorship, internship and/or career opportunities post-graduation in the Conway area

While the program is designed to encourage and develop a cohort of graduates interested in post-graduation employment in the Conway region, students who do not plan to stay in the area are still welcome to apply and participate in the program.

Ready to Launch Your Career with CCLI?

Apply now to join our upcoming cohort and unlock your potential. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to elevate your personal and professional growth in the thriving city of Conway!

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