Community Leadership Program to Launch in September

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Cass County Extension, Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce and Cass/Atlantic Development Corp. have partnered together to offer a county-wide leadership program, “Leading Cass County”, that focuses on cultivating the next generation of community leaders.
“Leading Cass County is a program developed by ISU Extension and Outreach and the University of Wisconsin Extension. It’s designed to seek out emerging leaders within your county and teach them skills they need for interacting and working together to promote sustainable community development while also preparing them for positions of public influence and decision-making,” according to class organizers.
The program is a 7-month course, meeting the first Wednesday of each month from September to March, that focuses on a different topic each session. Participants will interact with local leaders and learn about Cass County resources during community tours and presentations. Class sessions and tours will rotate around the county, showcasing the diversity of services in Cass County. Course materials will be covered from 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM each month, followed by lunch and community tours from 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM. A certificate will be awarded to participants who successfully fulfill the requirements of the leadership program.
Topics include: Community Leadership; Agriculture & Conservation; Healthcare & Social Services; Local Government, Crime & Safety; Economic Development; Education; State Government and a Graduation ceremony. Tuition is $350 per participant and will cover the entire program, tours and lunch.
By the end of the program, four core skill sets will be learned:
1.     Understanding community leadership and your community
2.     Identifying issues and framing ideas
3.     Building social capital
4.     Mobilizing resources for community action
“We’ve been working on this program for about 6-months and are appreciative of the support we’ve been getting, county-wide, from businesses either offering financial support or a place to tour and have lunch. We’re ready to work together and start creating some positive, progressive change in Cass County,” shared the planning team.
More information and a detailed list of monthly topics and tours can be found in the class brochure below. An application form is also available for those interested in participating in this program. Applications are due by noon August 14th, 2019 by email to Printed applications can also be found at the Extension, Chamber and CADCO offices. Accepted applicants will be notified by August 16th, 2019 with additional class information and payment instructions. 
Organizers note that there are a few opportunities left for local businesses or organizations to sign on as sponsors for this program as well. Anyone interested should contact Kate Olson at the Cass County Extension Office (712-243-1132 or for details on sponsorship options.
Leading Cass County Brochure and Course Schedule 2019-2020
Leading Cass County Application Form 2019-2020

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