ONEONTA, N.Y. -- A program at SUNY Oneonta designed to prepare future leaders of Otsego County is accepting applications through July 15. Offered through the college’s Center for Economic and Community Development (CECD), the Leadership Otsego Class of 2012 will meet one full day each month from August through May.
Leadership Otsego was founded to enhance participants’ knowledge of local opportunities and to assist them in building their personal networks. Those wishing to take part in the upcoming program may download an application form at www.leadershipotsego-ny.com. Selected participants will be notified by July 29. The program enrollment fee is $850. Some scholarships may be available for candidates who lack financial resources or institutional sponsors.
Started in 1997 by the Future for Oneonta Foundation, Hartwick College, the Otsego County Chamber, SUNY Oneonta and United Way ofDelaware & Otsego Counties, Leadership Otsego has 69 graduates. The curriculum teaches leadership concepts and skills through discussions with a variety of local experts. Presentation topics include arts and tourism, history and news sources, commerce and trade, healthcare and human services, government, agriculture and land use, and education.
Applicants range from entry-level managers to top administrators, from newcomers finding their way to long-time residents rediscovering the area, from young adults to empty-nesters and retirees, and from those who call Otsego towns “home” to commuters along the county line. Leadership Otsego alumni represent a variety of ages, occupations, employers, interests, and hometowns throughout the county.
For more information about Leadership Otsego, visit www.leadershipotsego-ny.com or call CECD Director Tim Hayes at (607) 436-2792.