Stanislaus County Office of Education's Prevention Programs Department is currently accepting applications for its 2012-13 Leadership Academy - a program designed to develop the leadership potential of high school juniors and seniors.
First implemented during the 2003-04 school year by SCOE's Prevention Programs Department, approximately 250 students from throughout the county have participated in Leadership Academy since its inception.
"This program is the first of its kind in Stanislaus County to bring youth, public, and private organizations together to discuss and explore leadership in unique and innovative ways," said Vicki Bauman, SCOE's director of Prevention Programs. "The program receives tremendous support from business and industry throughout the county."
Students meet one day each month throughout the school year. In a hands-on learning environment, they learn about emerging community issues, are provided an opportunity to expand their knowledge of academics and work ethics, and gain an awareness of local career availability.
"One of the goals of the program is to raise awareness of careers available locally to students after they graduate from college or trade schools," said Bauman.
Space is limited and the deadline to submit an "Interest Card" for the 2012-13 Leadership Academy is April 13. Application information can be downloaded from SCOE's website: www.stancoe.org (select "Programs," then "Leadership Academy"). For additional information, contact Jeri Trainor in SCOE's Prevention Programs Department at 238-1375 or firstname.lastname@example.org