Q: How much time will it take to commit to this program?
A: The program requires your attendance to a two-day retreat in September, one day a month during the work week for our regular class session October-May. January has an additional Leadership Workshop, and May will also have an additional day for our Ending Retreat and Graduation.
Q: Is the two-day opening retreat mandatory?
A: Yes. The retreat is integral for creating the best experience the program has to offer. These two days offer essential team building and getting to know your peers.
Q: I am worried about missing work for this program, how do most people take the time off?
A: Most employers pay for their employees to attend this program, and encourage their participation. It is valuable professional development: building leadership, networking and learning more deeply about the Athens County community.
Q: How do I apply?
A: Go to our apply link here. The application process begins February 1st to May 1st of every year. We screen applicants based on their responses to our application, and demonstration of commitment to the program and personal development.
Q: How many people are in the program each year?
A: 20-25 Athens Professionals are admitted.
Q: How much is tuition?
A: $500 covers all materials and lunches for the entirety of the program. Other Urban Leadership programs can cost anywhere from $1,500-$5,000! We are able to keep tuition costs low thanks to our many sponsors who generously support Leadership Athens County.
Q: I am self-employed and may not be able to afford the tuition. Are there scholarships available?
A: Yes! One participant each year is given the Barbara Eiden-Molinaro Scholarship, which completely covers tuition. You can download an application Scholarship-Guidelines-2016.