A program aimed at grooming community leaders is open until April 19 for new class members.
Applications for the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce’s 2012-13 Leadership class must be turned in by April 19, but chamber President Tammy Shepherd encourages those interested to submit them as early as possible.
The program, open to applicants age 18 and older, teaches participants about their community by addressing civic topics, such as education, workforce, economic development, emergency response and law enforcement, media, healthcare, military and Columbia County’s history.
The class also will go to Atlanta in January for Columbia County Day at the Capitol.
“We always say the program is an awareness program of their community so that they can grow personally and professionally,” Shepherd said.
The chamber is seeking a group of about 25 people to make up the new class, Shepherd said.
“You want a good pool of applicants,” she said. “You want a good, diverse group.”
During the first weeks in May, each applicant will be interviewed by a selection committee, Shepherd said.
The class will be announced in August and introduced to the community later that month.
After participating in an orientation session and overnight retreat in late August, the class will begin meeting monthly. Graduation is scheduled for May 2013.
The program costs $975, or $875 for chamber members.
Applications can be downloaded online at www.columbiacountychamber.com. Once complete, they can be mailed to Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, 4424 Evans-to-Locks Road, Evans, GA 30809, or faxed to (706) 651-0023.
For information, call the chamber at (706) 651-0018.