Applications are now being accepted for those interested in taking part in the 2012-2013 Leadership Lincoln Class, a program designed by the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce.
The initiative was started locally in 1999 and has been modeled after similar programs in surrounding areas, Chamber President Ken Kindley said.
Intended to develop participants’ leadership skills and promote service to the community, the program brings together people of varied backgrounds and diverse experience who have leadership potential for nine sessions on topics such as economic development, government and politics, education and local history.
While serving as an opportunity for networking, the Leadership Lincoln Class also provides participants with knowledge of the economic, political and social dynamics that shape the community.
Members of the class typically meet from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month, beginning with an orientation in September and wrapping up in May. A graduation banquet is then conducted in June.
Each year’s class is also responsible for a community project, which includes having to raise any required funds themselves.
“They’ve really benefited the community,” Kindley said of past classes.
Only those who live or work in Lincoln County may apply for the program. Up to 15 participants will be selected by the Chamber’s Leadership Lincoln Committee, which chooses people from a broad range of backgrounds, occupations and geographic areas throughout the county.
Tuition for the program is $395 for Chamber members and $495 for non-Chamber members and covers the cost of course materials, lunch for each session, the kickoff event and the graduation banquet.
Scholarships are also available for any nonprofit professionals interested in applying.
For more information on how to apply, call the Chamber office at (704) 735-3096.