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Northwest Crescent Leadership Alliance NWCLA participant working on the end of year service project.

The Northwest Crescent Leadership Alliance is a collaborative leadership development program among colleges and universities in the northwest crescent of Georgia: Dalton State College, Georgia Highlands College, Reinhardt University, Shorter University and Southern Polytechnic State University.  

This selective leadership program is open to freshmen, sophomores and juniors of member institutions. The selection process targets 4-6 emerging student leaders from each participating college that demonstrate potential to become leaders through on-and/or off-campus leadership and volunteer activities.  Students from these institutions gather once a month at respective campuses to explore leadership development theory, diversity, ethics and civic engagement.


The Northwest Crescent Leadership Alliance is a collaborative foundational student leadership program that, through experiential learning, exists to develop, prepare and empower emerging student leaders for enhanced campus and community engagement.

Learning Objectives

  • Through this program students will develop a thorough understanding of Kouzes and Posner’s 5 practices of student leadership.
  • This program will prepare emerging student leaders to take the next step in their leadership journey.
  • Through this program students will be empowered to use knowledge based skills in their involvement on and off campus.

Participating Schools


We are now accepting applications for NWCLA members.

All members must complete the online application and have it submitted by August 28th at 4pm.

The Northwest Crescent Leadership Alliance Retreat is September 7 - 9, 2012 at Horn's Creek Resort. Those students selected will receive a full retreat schedule. Transportation will be provided.