What is Leadership Ashe?
TO INFORM... TO MOTIVATE... TO CHALLENGE! Leadership Ashe is an innovative leadership development program sponsored by the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce in coordination with the Ashe Campus of Wilkes Community College. This program is designed to meet our county’s need for the active participation of informed and educated citizens and leaders. The goal of the program is to identify potential leaders and provide them with the community information and encouragement needed to spur local action and involvement. Graduates are challenged to apply their talents throughout the community by becoming a part of community organizations, including public boards, non-profit groups, civic clubs and the Chamber.
How is the Program Structured?
Participants and their employers are asked to make a major time commitment to 10 sessions, beginning with a day-long retreat session on August 17th and closing with a graduation session and ceremony on December 6th. A series of eight half-day sessions provides information about local businesses and includes tours of area businesses, organizations and facilities. The sessions are planned by leaders in the topic areas who will offer information and thoughtful analysis. Sessions are designed to stimulate interest and awareness and will include an opportunity to interact and facilitate discussion with the speakers.
How are Participants Selected?
The class is open up to 20 participants. Residents of Ashe County are encouraged to apply and should complete the enclosed application, which will be reviewed by a selection committee. After a thorough review of all applications submitted, participants will be selected in an effort to form a group of geographical, racial, general & occupational balance. To graduate, attendance at all scheduled events is expected. The class tuition fee of $245 includes program materials, refreshments for all sessions, and a graduation reception & diploma award. Additionally, graduates will receive continuing education credits for this program. A limited number of partial scholarships are available, based on need. Program sponsors supplement other costs.