LOWVILLE — The Lewis County Chamber of Commerce needs two applicants to complete a full roster for its next Lewis County Leadership Academy class. The deadline to file an application is Friday, Aug. 1. However, those leaving messages at the chamber of commerce over the weekend will be considered for entry into the class.
The class will not be held if the final two seats are not filled.
Students will participate in their first class in August and a day-long retreat in September, in addition to a time commitment of eight full-day sessions, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants are expected to attend all sessions, with a maximum absence of two sessions allowed. Attendance at the first class in August and the full-day retreat in September is required. Participants who fail to fulfill their obligations will not be permitted to graduate. There is no refund of tuition once the program has begun.
Class members will participate in discussions, site visits, role-playing exercises and analysis on issues of community concern, such as education, human services, and economic development. Class participants will learn critical skills, including collaboration, visioning, consensus building, and creative problem solving in addressing the needs of our county. The location and format of each session is different.
According to the chamber, benefits of the Lewis County Leadership Academy for employers include:
• developing increased leadership and problem solving skills that can be used for greater organizational effectiveness.
• developing a county network that can help with business solutions. During the course strategic alliances will be formed.
• providing greater understanding of the county that can be applied at place of employment.
Benefits for the individual include:
• providing experience in team building, group dynamics, collaboration, public speaking and critical thinking.
• becoming aware of the county’s continuing needs, challenges and resources.
• building relationships with diverse colleagues for individual, business and community problem solving.
• exploring and strengthening personal leadership competencies.
• building confidence and motivation to become involved in promoting positive change for Lewis County.
The cost to participate in the class is $400, however, two scholarships are still available that would fully cover the expense for the two remaining vacancies.
Those interested in occupying one of the final two seats in the class may call the chamber at 376-2213.
In addition to the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce, the program is co-sponsored by the Carthage Savings and Loan Association and National Grid.