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New Leadership Development Degree at BTC

July 23, 2019

No matter the industry, all organizations benefit from strong leadership. “Whether you work in manufacturing, banking, retail, education, government or health care, a leadership development degree provides you with skills and preparation to be an effective leader,” said Blackhawk Technical College Business Management Instructor Joel Schleusner. The college is launching a new Leadership Development degree program this fall.

The Leadership Development degree program is designed for individuals who currently work in leadership roles or those who want to pursue leadership roles. The program provides training in leadership, supervision, human relations and quality improvement programs. Students will learn about their own personality and leadership styles and how they can use their strengths to become an effective leader.

Schleusner, who was a bank manager prior to his role in education, admitted, “Workplaces, in general, have changed a great deal since I was a banker. The employees and customers are much more diverse, and there is more reliance on technology and information.” Students in the program will be prepared to take on the changing landscape of the workplace.

BTC Instructor Joel Schleusner

Like many Blackhawk Technical College programs, the Leadership Development program is a flexible degree program. What does that mean? Flexible education means that classes in this program are designed to work around the busy schedules of today’s students. Thus, making the program more accessible to students who may have work and family obligations to balance. Students who prefer to take classes face-to-face are given that opportunity, and students who do not want to (or are not able to) meet face-to-face have other options including online or video streaming. 

The program is designed to help busy people find success. It is tailored to working adults. In addition to the flexible format, a number of classes are offered as one-credit classes. Classes in the one-credit format allow busy adults to focus on subjects in a more modular format to build skills faster.

“The staff at BTC is helpful and friendly, and the students are extremely motivated,” continued Schleusner. “The technology is top-notch, and there is a lot of support to help you succeed.”

Hear more about the Leadership Development program from Joel Schleusner:

For additional information about the Leadership Development program, visit or schedule a visit at (608) 757-7710.

About Joel Schleusner

Joel Schleusner is an instructor in the Business Management program at BTC. He currently teaches Introduction to Business, Management Principles, Business Law, and Business Finance and Budget Management. He is the lead faculty for the new Leadership Development program and will launch the Leadership 1 and Supervision 1 courses in Fall 2019. In addition to his role in the classroom, Joel is also the co-advisor for Business Professionals of America (BPA).

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