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Project Overview

Are you a mid-level professional in community action, local government or a non-profit agency in Ohio's Appalachian region? Are you eager to gain new skills to help you advance into a leadership role in your organization or community? If so, the Appalachian Leadership Academy is the professional development program for you. The curriculum targets mid-level professionals.

The program goals are:
• Build leadership capacity in public and non-profit organizations within the Ohio Appalachian region.
• Equip the region's future leaders with the leadership skills necessary to guide Ohio Appalachia through change and into a viable future.
• Motivate the future leaders of Ohio Appalachia to think strategically about the region.
• Deepen the knowledge and understanding of the history, opportunities, resources and challenges of the Ohio Appalachian region.

Participant Selection & Application Process

Applicants must fill out our ALA Application [PDF 18kb], provide an updated professional resume, and obtain signatures from his/her agency's immediate supervisor and CEO/executive director in order to be eligible for acceptance.

You will be notified shortly after your application has been received about your acceptance status.

Estimated Costs

Tuition is $1,200 per participant. Each agency is responsible for lodging, per diem and mileage expenses for their own participants.
The participant may elect to receive continuing education units (CEUs) from Ohio University upon completion of the curriculum. The cost to receive CEUs is $99.

Meeting Frequency & Location

The program will begin with a two-day retreat in September. Monthly classes will be held through July. A closing retreat and graduation ceremony will conclude the program during August. Class sessions will be held in different locations throughout the Ohio Appalachian region.

Program Format

The curriculum is based on 5 Core Competencies: self-knowledge, visioning, human resource management, effective communication, and effective management. The curriculum is delivered through interactive learning sessions, small group work, individual class work and homework, site visits, teambuilding exercises, lectures, required outside reading, mentoring with a senior member of management, and an individual and/or group project.

Participants are required to complete a project during the 12-month curriculum period. This project may be completed by an individual or small group, depending upon the size and scope of the project.