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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

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Falcon Leadership Institute gives free wings to students as they learn to “FLI”

Julio Rodriguez
Bryce Trevino is explaining to a few students on what FLI is all about.

The Falcon Leadership Institute held an outside event info table on Jan.19, gathering students who may be interested in joining the program from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Library Shade Structure.

The outside event offered free wings to all students, whether to learn about FLI or not.

The table had a posterboard giving detail on what FLI is all about, a QR code for people who may want to join on the spot and a book titled “The Leadership Challenge” for people to read.

The purpose of the Falcon Leadership Institute (FLI) program is to help Cerritos College learn formal leadership skills.

The program is based on Kouzes and Posner’s Leadership Challenge, which is a theory that details what it means to be a great leader and how to build and improve on it.

Not only can students learn about new leadership skills but they build on the skills they may already have.

The benefits of being in the program are professional development, networking opportunity and a resume booster.

Speaking with Eric Palacios, a facilitator of the program, he suggests that people should join the program to enhance their leadership skills and practice on everyday bases, whether it be at home, at school, etc.

Giving out wings to the students
Angel Mejia, Emily Gomez, and Lillian Buckley pose for a picture as they are giving out wings to the students. (Julio Rodriguez)

“So by joining the Falcon Leadership Institute, it’s a really great way to showcase both of those, how to enhance that skill that you already have but realizing those skills you already bring to the table, too,” Palacios said.

Alumni of the program, Lillian Buckley, speaks on what she learned and improved on from being in the FLI program.

She initially thought she had most of the skills she needed to be a leader but being in the program helped her to know what she was lacking in.

“One thing I lacked when it comes to projects, I congratulate everyone after it’s done but not congratulate or acknowledge the improvements throughout the journey. I only thank them after everything,” Buckley said.

She feels that acknowledging the little things during the process can be helpful for everyone involved.

Students who are interested in joining the program have until Feb, 3rd at 8 a.m. to join and workshops for the program will formally begin on Wednesday, Feb. 8th from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Julio Rodriguez
Julio Rodriguez is the Multimedia Editor for Talon Marks. He loves to spend his free time watching anime and movies. His goal is to pursue working at Fox News.
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