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Community partners seek applicants for the inaugural class of Leadership Whidbey

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September 14, 2020
Skagit Valley College, The Economic Council for Island County, Sno-Isle Libraries, The Whidbey Institute, ­­and individual community partners are proud to announce they are seeking 15 applicants for the inaugural class of Leadership Whidbey (LW). The program runs from January 8 through May 21, 2021, providing 70 plus hours of class time and college-level credit as part of the program cost.  

Provide accessible, high quality development opportunities that will connect, inspire and advance transformational leadership across Whidbey Island.

     Leadership Whidbey is an intensive five-month program with eight educational days. Current and future leaders from across the island are encouraged to apply.

     “This is an exciting program for Whidbey Island. The challenges our community faces—including housing affordability, rural healthcare, and sustainable economic development—are complex,” said
Dr. Dave Paul, Director of Community Relations, Skagit Valley College. “The COVID-19 pandemic only reinforces the need to consider how we can prepare our communities to be resilient. Now, more than ever, we should provide opportunities to bring together future leaders who are committed to working across sectors and geographic regions. As a leader in promoting equitable community outcomes,
Skagit Valley College is proud to be a partner in Leadership Whidbey.”

     Program content for Leadership Whidbey falls under three broad categories:
  • Self-reflection/personal leadership development and practice;
  • Knowledge and understanding of place, local history and current issues;
  • Building relationships and understanding across a diverse cohort/community.
     Applications and tuition are due mid-November. For more information about joining the inaugural class of Leadership Whidbey, we invite you to contact Pam Wessel-Estes, LW Program Manager, at or visit us online at .         

Equity in Access, Achievement, and Community

Arden Ainley, Chief Public Information Officer, 360.416.7623
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