LCC's leadership development program is a 9-month program that includes one full-day session each month from September through May and an extra day in October, January, and March. The program involves participants in practical and experiential activities that provide communication and interaction opportunities with key decision-makers in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Methodology is participatory including class work, group discussions, site tours and peer-to-peer learning.
Throughout the class year, LCC participants work in small teams on projects to benefit a community partner. These projects require a time commitment outside the monthly class sessions and allow participants to conceive, plan, and implement a solution to a real local need. Past projects have included a campaign to increase business participation in a science, technology, engineering, & mathematics (STEM) event; collaboration in development of an Aviation Mechanics Program at the Cascadia Technical Academy; and organization of a free community presentation on “Addiction and the Teenage Brain.”
To create a high quality learning environment, class size is limited to 36 students each year.