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September 5, 2017

Leadership Garrett County Now Accepting Applications for Second Class

Organizers of Leadership Garrett County, now entering the second year, recently announced that applications are now being accepted for this year’s program. The program is developed and managed by Garrett College in partnership with the Garrett County Department of Economic Development. Leadership Garrett County is open to anyone, but organizers are looking for those members of the community that have shown promise as potential future leaders.

Final preparations for this year’s program are well underway. Leadership Garrett County will consist of six sessions, over the next seven months. The first class will begin on October 11th, and the class will conclude in May. For best consideration, all applicants are encouraged to apply by September 21, 2017, although all applications from individuals and sponsoring organizations will continue to be accepted through October 5.

The goal is to build a diverse class of about 20 emerging leaders from the non-profit, for-profit and government sectors of the local economy. Members of the leadership class will learn, experience, and bond together over the next seven months and hopefully well into the future.

The Leadership Garrett County class will meet once a month for a full day, with lectures on leadership from certified local trainers. In addition to program content on leadership, each month’s class will include visits to key Garrett County institutions in the arts, education, government, social services, etc. Each class will also include meetings with county leaders and discussions with those leaders and others. Graduates of the seven month program will emerge as more informed, connected and effective managers, leaders and citizens, and will, together with future classes, help ensure a bright future for Garrett County.

One of the positive attributes of the Garrett County program in addition to its combined classroom and experiential learning format is the low price of tuition, compared to other leadership programs across the state. With only a $25 application fee and tuition of $395 for the program, Garrett’s is the lowest priced program in the state. Limited scholarships are available.

The value-proposition of the program appears to have been well received from last year’s inaugural class, with members representing a variety of non-profit, governmental, educational and business organizations.

Any organization wishing to sponsor an employee, or any individual wishing to apply, or inquire about a scholarship for the program should contact Connie Meyers, Director of Professional Development and Contract Training at Garrett College, at 301-387-3084 or connie.meyers@garrettcollege.edu.