Applications Now Available for Second Leadership Starke County Class

Applications can now be picked up for the second Leadership Starke County Adult Leadership Program, set to begin next month. The program focuses on educating participants on all aspects of Starke County while enhancing personal leadership skills and networking with current leaders throughout the county, with the goal of providing the information, resources and tools to help the participant become a knowledgeable, skilled and motivated community leader.

Leadership Starke County aims to help participants utilize the information received and use their training to become more involved in Starke County by providing information and experiences that will be used in their professional and personal lives.

The first Leadership Starke County class graduated in May, and one participant, Starke County Library Director Sheila Urwiler, said she learned so much about the county, gaining a better respect and appreciation for the potential that Starke County has.

The program begins with a retreat in September and then meets one day each month through May. Each session emphasizes a specific community issue and skill, including education, criminal justice, economic development, quality of life, decision-making, collaboration, teamwork and many others. Leadership Starke County is unique because the participants are offered opportunities to which they might not otherwise be exposed. This gives them a first-hand look at the networks in the county.

Applications are now available, and those interested in the Adult Leadership Program are encouraged to apply now. Tuition for the program is $300 which covers the cost of all course materials, meals, class locations, and trips. Tuition may be paid by the participant, an employer, a sponsoring organization or individual, or by installments. Some partial scholarships may be available.

For more information, contact Debbie Mix at (574) 772-5548 or Joan Haugh at (574) 772-7070.