Pia Fitzgerald Selected to New Leaders Academy Class of 2002

May 10, 2010

Pia Fitzgerald, assistant director of residence life and coordinator of the Great Expectations College Preparatory program at Mount Union College, has been selected to participate in the 2002 New Leaders Academy, a one-year professional leadership and management training program.


The National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) selected 34 professionals to participate in the 2002 New Leaders Academy, which is specifically designed for professionals who serve youth ages 14- 25. This competitive, year-long program provides training in current information about practice, policy, and research from the fields of youth employment and youth development.

Those accepted to the program participate in two residential training sessions, work with a group of peers throughout the year on a project and receive guidance from a Career Advisor in developing their professional skills and knowledge. The New Leaders Academy curriculum includes current information on what works in youth employment, management skills training and opportunities to network with other professionals in the field.

Pia Fitzgerald coordinates the Great Expectations Program at Mount Union College, a college preparatory program aimed at high school students and designed to prepare them for higher learning. The program, which began in 1995, was funded with a grant provided by the Bremer Foundation. The program begins with ninth grade students and works with them until they graduate. Some of the highlights of the program include touring a variety of colleges and universities, receiving tutorial assistance and developing and participating in service learning projects.

As assistant director of residence life, Fitzgerald works with the student resident assistants (R.A.s). In addition to being responsible for the recruitment and selection of R.A.s, she works with them through an extensive and continuous training program.

Fitzgerald received her bachelor's degree from Mount Union College and her master's degree from Youngstown State University.

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