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(Neb.)-Leadership Development Course Now Accepting Applications

By: Roxie Graham-Marski Posted at: 08/10/2014 08:45 AM

(DAWES COUNTY)-The 2014-15 leadership development class known as DELTA (Dawes County Entrepreneur and Leadership Training Academy) is now accepting applications. DELTA is a fun, hands-on way to get more involved in local activities, boards or elected offices and offers a way for businesses to have new employees exposed to a positive, skill-building program specifically related to doing business in Dawes County. It also provides a way to network with other professionals while learning more about the community. Nebraska Northwest Development Corporation (NNDC) hosts the entrepreneur-focused leadership training program in an effort to teach community building skills, expose participants to great role models and networking opportunities and teach them about leadership traits that can turn them into great community leaders.
The program is scheduled to begin in October and will include six day-long sessions with a variety of topics. It will also include a two-day trip to Lincoln during the legislative session, a visit and tour of the capital, meetings with state senators and the governor and networking opportunities with other leadership classes.
General subject matter will include leadership styles, community and regional collaboration, legislative and government functions, entrepreneurship and education.
Those interested in receiving an application can send an e-mail to dcottier@gpcom.net or call 308-432-4023.
“Leadership training is one way we can start to grow tomorrow’s business owners and professionals,” said Deb Cottier, executive director of the Nebraska Northwest Development Corporation. “NNDC is committed to helping provide the skills businesses and residents need to be successful in their professional and public roles within the community. DELTA has been very well received, and we look forward to enrolling a new class this fall.”
Justin Hagg, writer for NE Game & Parks’ Nebraskaland Magazine, had this to say about the course: “I thoroughly enjoyed participating in DELTA and the opportunity to learn more about the community, region and state. The excellent programming gave me insight that only an opportunity such as DELTA can provide. Also of benefit are the relationships that developed between me and my fellow class members.”
Similar leadership programs cost anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 in tuition. Cottier says Dawes County is fortunate to be able to provide this program for $350, which includes transportation and lodging in Lincoln. The rest of the course work will be held in Chadron. Participants must be willing to give one weekday a month from October through April (and two days in February) to attend. More responsibilities will be outlined at the orientation session. Some work will be accomplished outside of classroom hours. Space is limited to 12 participants, and the deadline to apply is September 9th.
--Nebraska Northwest Development Corporation


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