EDUCATION / THE ARTS


This session looks at current issues and challenges facing educators and schools, the implications of monetary and social issues and alternative education are addressed in this session. Class members meet local leaders in a range of educational roles and explore whether education is meeting the needs of the area. Discovering the broad impact that the arts have on the economy; realizing the significance of arts in education and learning about the challenge of providing arts access for everyone in our community are also explored in this day session.

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MANUFACTURING & AGRICULTURE


This class is also known as “Tour Day.” Local farmers and ranchers provide insights into key issues facing the business of ranching and farming. Participants board a bus to tour local manufacturing companies and hear about their business needs and challenges. The tour will continue into regional wine, farm and ranch lands to give class members a more in-depth understanding of the role these areas play in the local economy (not to mention providing food for our people) and the challenges farmers and ranchers face in operating their businesses. PLEASE NOTE THAT “TOUR DAY” BEGINS AT 6:30 A.M.

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MEDIA & COMMUNICATION


Class members take an in-depth look at the role of media in modern life, survey the elements of smart and honorable public relations, receive individualized training on successful messaging methods, learn how to work with the media in telling our stories and practice techniques for effective on-camera interviewing.

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BUSINESS / ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT


On Business Day we seek to develop a fundamental understanding of the components of business and economic development in the county. The class is challenged to consider what it takes to achieve the economic, social and environmental goals of a healthy county boasting a vibrant local economy. We will dissect the term “economic development”: what goals and policies contribute to local jobs and a sustainable tax base and what attracts, retains or discourages businesses in our area.

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SUSTAINABILITY


Participants explore the many facets of the environment and its link to community growth and quality of life. Sustainability, recycling, water quality and availability, public land, open space, wetlands and range management are just a few of the subjects that may be discussed.

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CRIMINAL & CIVIL JUSTICE


Class members will spend time with their local law enforcement agency to prepare for this session. During the class, they will tour the county jail, have lunch at the Honor Farm, and hear from representatives of various law enforcement and rehabilitation agencies, as well as community-organized prevention groups. Civil law, processes and actions explained by local judges and attorneys are also explored during this day.

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HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES


Major issues confronting the affordability, accessibility and availability of health care and human services for all of our people are addressed. Class members will hear from specialists in the medical and health services fields about the various dimensions of this subject. This session also consists of an overview of community resources relating to human needs and includes visits from individuals involved as staff, volunteers or participants in several non-profit health and human services organizations.

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GOVERNMENT & POLITICAL PROCESS


This highly interactive day session provokes discussion and participatory exploration of financing and administering local government, understanding the dynamics of politics at the local, state and national level, and identifying potential roles for civic involvement.

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SHAPING THE FUTURE & SHARPENING SKILLS


The day is designed to bring the year’s experience into focus, to sharpen each individual’s confidence and leadership skills and to motivate class members to pursue leadership opportunities within their chosen area of interest. Because leaders are constantly challenged with balancing both personal and professional obligations, we’ll discuss balancing these two worlds.

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CLASS XXVI GRADUATION


Time to celebrate and salute the wonderful individuals of the Leadership SLO Class 26.

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