The Washington County Leadership Institute (WCLI) will begin its eighteenth year of local leadership training January 31, but although the official start date of its Sigma (2014) class is nearly a month away, the deadline to apply is fast approaching, according to Sunrise County Economic Council (SCEC) Interim Executive Director Jennifer Peters, who has overseen the program for the past twelve years.
“If you’re thinking about WCLI, now is the time,” Peters said. “The holidays are over, people are looking at what they can do to start 2014 off right, and if becoming more involved in your community is part of that, WCLI might be just the thing for you. Call today for more information. Space is limited and applications are due by January 17.”
Applications and a course brochure are available online at www.washingtoncountyleadership.org, as well as SCEC’s Calais office at Washington County Community College and Machias office at the Machias CareerCenter (53 Prescott Drive).
The Sigma class will spend over 70 hours in leadership sessions, group activities, and team building exercises. In addition, they will explore different parts of the county that they may not have seen before, and will discover how they can, collaboratively, make Downeast Maine a better place to live, work and play in. The Institute includes nine day-long sessions held throughout the county.
“WCLI is one of the best programs I have been involved with in getting to know the people and places in Washington County,” Rho (2013) alum Irene Fitzgerald of Old Port Pension Administrators said.
“Seventeen years and 262 graduates later, members of the WCLI have been key in launching collaborations, new projects and successes in so many of our area communities, organizations and businesses,” program facilitator Linda Godfrey said. “It’s a vibrant and valuable network of good people. We look forward to welcoming this year’s class.”
Peters added that the $575 tuition should not be seen as a barrier to participation. Scholarship funds are being sought to help individuals who wish to attend but need assistance with tuition.
“We’ve never turned anyone away because they couldn’t afford the cost to attend,” Peters said. She added that area sponsors – including businesses and nonprofits – help to keep the cost down to the participant.
“Our sponsors have been great,” she said, “they introduce the class to their own organization and explain the importance of leadership skills in their world. They give real examples, with a different perspective on ‘leadership’ and what it means to be a leader.”
Last year’s sponsors included Bayside/4 Corners Shop ‘n Save, the Boston Foundation, the Eaton Foundation, First Wind, Machias Savings Bank, Northern Maine Development Commission, RHR Smith & Co., SCEC, University of Maine at Machias, and the Washington County Council of Governments.
For more information, to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, or to apply, contact Jennifer Peters at 255-0983 or firstname.lastname@example.org.