LWC seeks applicants for next class

COLUMBIA CITY — The opportunity to be of a part of Leadership Whitley County Class 13 is here. In 2001, Whitley County’s unique servant-leadership program embarked with its inaugural class. Twelve years later, more than 225 alumni are actively practicing key servant-leadership skills in their work, personal and community lives. “Now is the time to apply and become a part of this community's amazing and impactful leadership experience,” said LWC leaders.Leadership Whitley County is an eight-month, informational program designed to increase community awareness, establish effective networking pools among participants and enhance leadership skills, both personally and professionally. The program begins with an evening orientation and one and one-half day retreat in September. Monthly half-day sessions are scheduled through March, and the program concludes with a celebration event in April.Areas of study include: county awareness, collaboration, diversity, trust, compassion, public speaking, working with others and personal mission. Trainers, both locally and from around the state, facilitate monthly sessions at various locations within Whitley County. In addition to increasing citizen participation for the good of their community, participants also garner tools and information to use in the home, church and workplace.Employers who are seeking leadership or management training for their employees can take advantage of this program and consider supporting targeted individuals for participation. The combination of community awareness and soft-skill topics offers a continuing education opportunity that provides a return on investment in the form of personal and professional growth. Participants will miss one half plus one full day of work for the September retreat, with remaining sessions occurring on one Thursday of each month and concluding at 1:30 p.m. These monthly, half-day sessions allow for employees to plan accordingly and return to work in the afternoon. Tuition to the program is $600, which includes all meals and materials. There is no travel or lodging expenses. All applicants must be submitted by the end of June and tuition is due in full by Sept. 1. A limited number of participants will be accepted.For more information, visit www.leadershipwc.org, Facebook or contact Kelley Sheiss at 213-4045 or e-mail at 3dsheiss@gmail.com.