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Leadership Central Louisiana taking applications

Released: 10/28/2004

Applications are now being taken for Leadership Central Louisiana 2005, an eight-month program of one-day workshops that promote leadership education and community awareness. Anyone currently in a leadership position or aspiring to be a community leader is encouraged to apply. The application deadline is Nov. 19, the Friday before Thanksgiving. The 2005 program will mark the third year of coordination by LSU Alexandria’s Continuing Education Department. “Leadership Central Louisiana is an innovative program designed to take leaders to the next level,” Continuing Education Director Tammy Moreau said. “We help prepare leaders for new challenges, and provide them with skills and the exposure needed to add leadership equity to any business or organization.” The program is designed to build leadership and social networking skills, as well as a greater awareness of what the Central Louisiana community has to offer. It includes eight one-day workshops from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., offered monthly beginning in January 2005. The cost of the program is $750, which includes the workshops, meals and materials. All participants will receive a certificate of completion from LSU Alexandria upon graduation. “As Central Louisiana grows and management and leadership challenges become more demanding, there is more need than ever for a new standard of leadership development in Central Louisiana,” said Leadership Program Coordinator Karen Hamilton. “Many of those who completed the 2004 Leadership program can’t say enough about what they learned from the experience.” Leadership education topics include: The Leadership Message, Ethics, Supervising and Delegating, Team Building, Communication, and Time Management. The program also includes community awareness and leadership topics that give participants exposure to key community leaders, businesses and organizations. This portion of the program challenges participants to understand the needs and opportunities in the area and how to respond to the social and economic challenges in Central Louisiana. Community topics include: The Impact of Arts & Culture, The Political Process, Growing the Economy, Military Ties to Cenla, Understanding Community Needs, A Learning Community, The Impact of Tourism & Hospitality, Public Safety and Law Enforcement, Our Environment and Natural Resources, and A Healthy Community. The 2005 program is supported by the following community partners: Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce, Alexandria/Pineville Area Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Alexandria Police Department, Arts Council of Central Louisiana, Central Louisiana Business Incubator, CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, City of Alexandria, City of Pineville, CLECO, Cox Communications, Downtown Alexandria Rotary Club, England Authority, Kistachie Delta Regional Planning District, Louisiana Army/Air Force National Guard, Louisiana College, Louisiana Department of Labor, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Louisiana Office of Public Health, Louisiana State University Alexandria, Louisiana Technical College, LSU-HSC Huey P. Long, Paragon Casino & Resort, Rapides Parish Learning Center, Rapides Parish Police Jury, Rapides Parish School Board, Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Department, Rapides Regional Medical Center, The Rapides Foundation, The Town Talk, and United Way of Central Louisiana. Leadership Central Louisiana information and an application are available at ce.lsua.edu. For additional information, call (318) 473-6495 or send e-mail to ce@lsua.edu.