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Time running out to submit application for leadership program

GRANDVIEW - An interesting opportunity awaits those who work or live in the Grandview area and are interested in leadership.

Leadership Grandview is a program made possible by a partnership between Yakima Valley Community College Grandview campus and the city of Grandview.

Those participating in the program will spend one day a month from September through May immersed in study about different, vital aspects of the community.

"This came about in response to City Council's goal to increase participation of Grandview citizens in their community," explained YVCC Grandview campus Dean Bryce Humpherys.

Humpherys said that the program is modeled after similar leadership programs found in larger, more metropolitan areas.

"It's unique to find a leadership program such as this in such a small community," he added.

The day-long workshops will take place on the second Wednesday of each month and will culminate with a graduation ceremony in May, he said.

Time is running out to apply for the program, as all applications must be received by June 30.

The program is open to those that live or work in the Grandview area who are 18 years of age or older.

Business owners are strongly encouraged to facilitate employee participation, Humpherys said.

The program builds civic awareness and leadership skills, he said.

The first workshop will focus on leadership, which will be a common thread through the remaining eight. But, Humpherys added, "It's not nine sessions on how to be a leader. It takes a very practical approach."

It's an ideal program for potential leaders because it builds a basic foundation to becoming more involved, Humpherys said.

Once accepted into the program, the cost is $250. Humpherys said that other similar programs cost between $700 to $3,000.

Humpherys said it's important to note that the Grandview Rotary Club is offering eight scholarships of $125 each for individuals to participate.

Topics will include education, law enforcement and the legal system, government/politics, business, agriculture and economic development, health care, quality of life, human services and diversity.

Space is limited.

Applications can be obtained at YVCC, City Hall or the Grandview Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, contact Humpherys at 882-7049.

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