Arizona Rural Leadership Program is Accepting Applications

Project CENTRL, Arizona’s Center for Rural Leadership, is accepting applications for Class 21 through June 1, 2011.  The mission of Project CENTRL is to assist highly motivated leaders be more effective and responsive in meeting the needs of rural Arizona.

The leadership experience is designed to accelerate the development of Arizona’s future rural leaders with highly interactive sessions on diverse topics, emerging issues, points of view, and innovative ideas.  The two-year leadership experience for Class 21 will include a series of twelve, 2 ½ day seminars that focus on leadership development and emerging issues facing rural Arizona; a week long International study tour in Ontario, Canada; and a final week long national seminar in Washington D. C.   Candidates selected into Class 21 also complete an applied leadership project designed to use the skills gained from the program to benefit their community, agriculture, or rural Arizona.

Over 500 graduates have successfully completed Project CENTRL since the first class started in 1983.  An active Alumni network and increased civic engagement by graduates are building a growing legacy of leadership for rural Arizona.  The program, which is a partnership between the University of Arizona and the non-profit Center for Rural Leadership, helps participants prepare for leadership roles in civic, agricultural, and other community organizations as well as appointed and elected positions in the public sector.

Applicants must be at least 25 years of age by October 1st, residents of Arizona, and demonstrate a strong interest and potential to serve the public needs of rural Arizona.  Candidates will be interviewed this summer with final selections into Class 21 made in August.

For more information or to apply for Class 21, please visit CENTRL’s website or call the Project CENTRL office at (520) 316-0909. Completed applications must be postmarked by June 1st.


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