The Northeast Oklahoma Regional Alliance (NORA), which includes Sequoyah County, is seeking persons interested in participating in the Northeast Oklahoma Leadership Academy.
The academy is a 12-month program to develop current and future leaders in northeast Oklahoma. The program begins Oct. 24 and will cover topics such as manufacturing, healthcare, tourism and education. Participants will also visit many locations including the Educational Service Center at the Grand River Dam Authority.
Darla Heller, NORA executive director, said today’s leaders need new problem solving capacities and the ability to work across political, geographical and institutional boundaries. Academy participants will learn about Oklahoma assets issues facing the state and opportunities for growth, she said.
Through the NORA Leadership Academy, leaders develop a broader awareness of the region. They acquire a greater knowledge of the interdependence of the diverse communities that constitute the Northeast Oklahoma. Additionally, participants are able to sharpen leadership skills while networking with decisions makers and professionals statewide.
The program focuses on topics relevant to current trends and issues. The curriculum provides a framework for understanding organizational and institutional processes and responsibilities for regional planning, problem-solving and community building. Local and regional experts address diverse topics, including ingredients of a successful region, community collaboration, education, economic and social trends.
Tuition is $750 and participants are required to attend eight of the 10 sessions to graduate. Application deadline is Sept. 15. For more information or applications visit the NORA web site or contact Heller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to Seuoyah County, NORA also serves Washington, Nowata, Craig, Ottawa, Delaware, Mayes, Rogers, Wagoner, Cherokee, Adair, McIntosh, Muskogee and Okmulgee counties.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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