Garrett County Government - Department of Business Development

Leadership Garrett County Now Taking Applications

Last Updated on Sep 7, 2017 at 8:41am | Workforce Development

Article courtesy of NCWV Media - The Republican
Organizers of Leadership Garrett County, now entering its second year, recently announced that applications are now being accepted for this year’s program. The program is developed and managed by Garrett College in partnership with the Garrett County Department of Economic Development. Leadership Garrett County is open to anyone, but organizers are looking for those members of the community who have shown promise as potential future leaders.
Leadership Garrett County will consist of six sessions over the next seven months. The first class will begin Oct. 11, and the class will conclude in May. For best consideration, all applicants are encouraged to apply by Sept. 21, although all applications from individuals and sponsoring organizations will continue to be accepted until Oct. 5.
“The goal is to build a diverse class of about 20 emerging leaders from the nonprofit, for-profit and government sectors of the local economy,” said a spokesperson. “Members of the leadership class will learn, experience and bond together over the next seven months and, hopefully, well into the future.”
The Leadership Garrett County class will meet once a month for a full day, with lectures on leadership from certified local trainers. In addition to program content on leadership, each month’s class will include visits to key Garrett County institutions in the arts, education, government, social services, etc. Each class will also include meetings with county leaders and discussions with those leaders and others.
“Graduates of the seven-month program will emerge as more informed, connected and effective managers, leaders and citizens and will, together with future classes, help ensure a bright future for Garrett County,” said the spokesperson.
One of the positive attributes of the Garrett County program, in addition to its combined classroom and experiential learning format is the low price of tuition, compared to other leadership programs across the state. With a $25 application fee and tuition of $395 for the program, Garrett’s is the lowest priced program in the state. Limited scholarships are available.
The value-proposition of the program appears to have been well received from last year’s inaugural class, with members representing a variety of nonprofit, governmental, educational and business organizations” said the spokesperson.
Any organization wishing to sponsor an employee, or any individual wishing to apply or inquire about a scholarship for the program should contact Connie Meyers, director of professional development and contract training at Garrett College, at (301) 387-3084 or