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In 2002, an adult leadership program for Tuscarawas County was formed through the efforts of the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce and Kent State University at Tuscarawas.
The purpose of Leadership Tuscarawas is to develop passionate, visionary leaders to strengthen the community. Participants from across the county complete the Leadership Tuscarawas program. Members of the class meet for a full day once a month, August through May.
The program begins with an overnight retreat where members meet one another, utilize team building techniques and explore their personal leadership and communication styles. The class then takes a day long bus tour of the county and is introduced to the many issues facing our community.
Interactive sessions are held at various locations throughout the program year and targets skills and issues such as problem solving, conflict management, community trusteeship, education and economic development. The wide range of topics discussed enable participants to gain a deeper understanding of the county and it's many challenges and opportunities. Leadership Tuscarawas also heightens awareness of the diverse organizations working in the county, fosters leadership skills and development, and provides the opportunity for networking and interacting with other community leaders.
Each class is required to complete a community project that is presented at our graduation ceremony, held in May.
Application for Admission
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Deadline for application and deposit ($250) is May 21. All approved applicants will be notified by email of their acceptance in the class.
If employed, applicants must have the full support of their employer or supervising organization. Individuals not affiliated with a business or organization may also apply.
Participants for the upcoming Leadership Tuscarawas class will be selected by the Executive Director and the Selection Committee, made up of members of the Leadership Tuscarawas Board.
The Selection Committee carefully reviews all submitted applications. The committee strives to select individuals who demonstrate high standards of personal integrity, who show evidence of leadership potential and commitment to community service.
The class is limited to 30 participants. Applicants who are not selected are encouraged to reapply in subsequent years.
Tuition is $1,750 for the ten-month program and includes all training materials, class polo shirt, refreshment breaks, and lunch each day. A deposit of $250 is due upon application submission on or before May 21. Payment of full tuition is required by June 15. Tuition is non-refundable except in the case of extenuating circumstances.
Limited tuition funds are available up to $500 for candidates who are from non-profit, small business or governmental organizations. Those requesting tuition grants must submit the request to Leadership Tuscarawas in writing by the application deadline of May 21 and provide sufficient justification demonstrating financial need.
The Leadership Tuscarawas Board reserves the right to approve or reject any tuition assistance request, limit the amount of monies available for tuition assistance based on available financial resources, and revise the tuition assistance guidelines at any time without notice.
Participation and Time Commitment
Leadership Tuscarawas requires a serious commitment of time and energy. All applicants must be able to fulfill the attendance requirements. Full participation of each individual is necessary, and attendance at each session is expected.
Because emergencies or business needs may arise, a participant may be absent from not more than twelve hours of class. Participants who are absent for more than twelve hours of class may not graduate with their current class. The hours missed must be made up the following year to graduate. Leadership Tuscarawas reserves the right to notify a class participant’s employer/sponsor should they not meet the attendance requirements.
Attendance for the entire two-day August program retreat is mandatory and non-negotiable. Class participants who are accepted into the program and are unable to attend the retreat will be asked to wait until the following year to enter the program.
Participants are expected to participate in the Signature Class evening graduation ceremony at Kent State Tuscarawas.
Participants are required to take part in a community project that may require additional time commitments outside of class.
If accepted into the Leadership Tuscarawas program, applicants are encouraged to attend the May 21, 2019 Leadership Tuscarawas graduation ceremony where you will be introduced as a member of the Class of 2020.
Program Schedule for 2019-2020
Mandatory overnight retreat: August 8 and 9, 2019. Hotel rooms are double occupancy. If you request a single room, you will be financially responsible for the difference in cost (apx. $60).
County bus tour: September 10 (7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
2019-2020 program days (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.): October 8, November 12, December 10, January 14, February 11, March 10, April 14, and May 19 (2nd Tuesday of each month at Kent State University at Tuscarawas or at other local organizations).
Application and $250 tuition deposit due May 21
Applicants notified of acceptance by May 21
Tuition balance due by June 15