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  • 407 South Loudoun Street • Winchester, VA 22601 • 540.662.4118

  • Community Leadership Program

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  • Applications for the 2017-2018 year will be available in May, 2017.

    Format:

    This is a nine-month program from September through May. The program begins with an orientation, followed by monthly sessions studying specific topics. Topics will include: Leadership/Teamwork, Public Safety, Agriculture/Economic Development/Media, Health Care, Education, Government, Simulated Society, and Community Problem Solving. The sessions are led by a combination of community leaders, professional facilitators, and specialists in the respective fields. This program is designed to provide insight into the challenges and opportunities that exist in Clarke and Frederick Counties and in Winchester.

    Purpose

    To foster leadership potential in the community to ensure continued growth and development in our region. 

    Participants

    A maximum of twenty-five participants who either reside or are employed in Clarke County, Frederick County or Winchester will be selected based on information and references provided.

    Attendance

    Mandatory attendance at each monthly sessions is strictly monitored and enforced. Because of the required time commitment, the support of the participant's employer is essential.

    Objectives

    To develop the skills of the participants so they will be able to provide the leadership necessary to address community needs. 
    To enhance an understanding of the complex issues facing the communities of Clarke and Frederick Counties and Winchester through:

    •    Educational programs which broaden knowledge of the area and of the critical issues affecting this region
    •    Exposure to local government structure, education systems, businesses and non-profit organizations
    •    Introductions to community leaders and local decision makers

    Tuition

    Tuition may be paid by either the participant or the employer. Limited scholarships may be available and are awarded based on need. The tuition for the 2017-18 program year is $750 for Chamber members, $950 for non-members. A $25 non-refundable administration fee is included in the cost and required with the completed application.

    Graduates

    Graduates of the Community Leadership Program will receive a certificate of accomplishment. the graduates will be admitted to the alumni association, which provides regional organizations with a pool of individuals who are qualified to fill leadership roles necessary for the development of the community. The Community Leadership Program will facilitate leadership opportunities for its graduates.

    For more information please contact Jody Wall at (540) 662-4118 ext. 16 or jwall@regionalchamber.biz, or fill out the forum below!

     

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