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Alumni Area

Welcome to our special Alumni Area!

Employment Opportunities

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Helpful Links

Appalachian Regional Commission
www.arc.gov

Foundation for Appalachian Ohio
www.appalachianohio.org

The Grantsmanship Institute
www.tgci.com

The Ohio State University Leadership Center
ohioline.osu.edu/~leaders

Institute for Local Government Administration and Rural Development
www.ilgard.ohiou.edu

Community Action Partnership (Formerly National Association of Community Action Agencies)
www.communityactionpartnership.com

National Community Action Foundation
www.ncaf.org

Ohio Community Action Agency Profiles
www.odod.state.oh.us/cdd/ocs/caa_profiles

Ohio Department of Development
www.odod.state.oh.us/

Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies
www.oacaa.org

Appalachian Leadership Academy

Appalachian Leadership AcademyCOAD's Staff Development & Leadership Programs provide professional development and capacity-building opportunities for COAD member agencies and non-profit organizations which serve Appalachian Ohio. These programs and services provide skill-building opportunities through hands-on trainings delivered by experienced and knowledgeable faculty.

The ALA nurtures the leadership potential and supports the professional development of emerging leaders in order to sustain the growth and viability of agencies which serve Appalachian Ohio.

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 Appalachian Ohio through change and into a viable future.
• Motivate the future leaders of Appalachian Ohio to think strategically about the region.
• Deepen the knowledge and understanding of the history, opportunities, resources and challenges of the Ohio Appalachian region.

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.

Core Competencies

Self Knowledge
"Leaders know themselves; they know their strengths and nurture them." - Warren Bennis

A model leader ...
• is aware of his or her own strengths and limitations and who has the wisdom to seek feedback for personal growth
• is knowledgeable of personal values, goals, interests and motivations and has the fortitude to uphold those beliefs
• is disciplined to maintain control over one’s self.

Vision
"...leaders of the highest type do not conceive their task merely as that of fulfilling purpose, but as also that of finding ever larger purposes to fulfill, more fundamental values to be reached." - Mary Parker Follett

A model leader...
• understands the dynamics of the environment in which the organization operates, including the culture, history and politics of the region
• applies that knowledge to guide the development of the core values and mission of the organization
• is an advocate for the issues and concerns of the Ohio Appalachian region.

Human Resource Management
"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A model leader...
• is a role model for and instills confidence in his or her colleagues
• develops a supportive environment to motivate and empower others
• enacts changes required to enhance effectiveness and promote the development of both the individual and the group
• fosters collaboration and cooperation within the organization.

Effective Communication
"Effective leaders can communicate ideas through several organizational layers, across great distances, even through the jamming signals of special interest groups." - Warren Bennis

A model leader...
• has full command of and utilizes all forms of communication
• employs these skills to provide meaning to and articulate the vision of the organization
• listens intently and objectively
• speaks effectively to inform and persuade.

Effective Management
"Good management consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people." - John D. Rockefeller

A model leader...
• is a problem solver
• is adept at the daily management of the organization including, being fiscally accountable and ethical, conducting effective meetings, directing and evaluating programs, and operating under the direction of a board
• collaborates with other organizations to accomplish the vision of the organization.