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New CALS minor focuses on leadership

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Students in Collaboration, Leadership, and Career Skills in the Plant Sciences (PLSCI 1110) engaged in a service-learning project making improvements to the Habitat Trail outside of Trumansburg.

Cornell Chronicle [2017-09-29]:

Every day across campus, students are developing the knowledge and technical expertise they need to succeed in their chosen fields. But a new minor available this fall will focus on the skills they need to attract employers across all disciplines.

TheĀ leadership minorĀ in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences addresses key skills aimed at helping students excel professionally and in their personal life by enhancing their abilities to understand their own strengths, collaborate with others and build a team, and act as positive role models.

Marvin Pritts, professor of horticulture and director of the new minor program, said the idea for the minor grew out of a desire to formally provide integration and academic credit for the many leadership opportunities that exist at Cornell, inside and outside of the classroom.

The minor provides opportunities for direct, hands-on experience, said Pritts. Through a capstone course, students can practice leadership skills in real time, working in their field alongside a faculty member who provides feedback. Students can earn credit for leadership roles in extracurricular activities, such as serving as captain of a sports team.

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