Application process now open at Ventura County Leadership Academy

Applications are currently being accepted for the upcoming Ventura County Leadership Academy (VCLA). New and emerging leaders who either live or work in Ventura County are encouraged to apply.

The Ventura County Leadership Academy is a nonprofit organization that provides leadership training through an intensive program that delves into the critical issues facing Ventura County. Meeting for a full day once a month, over the course of nine months, participants will learn about topics such as agriculture, healthcare, education, economic development, water, the environment, and more, as part of a diverse cohort of leaders from a variety of sectors, backgrounds, and ages. Cohort members also travel as a group to Sacramento to meet with elected officials and others involved in the legislative process. Another key component of the program is leadership training: encouraging, educating and inspiring the cohort members to gain insight and confidence into their own leadership potential.

Once cohort members graduate, they are then encouraged to take their new knowledge, skills, and relationships and join with the more than 500 other alumni of the program to help to make Ventura County an even better place to live through their work and volunteerism in the community. Many of the top leaders in the business, government, and nonprofit sectors in Ventura County are graduates of the program. They serve on many boards and volunteer with a wide variety of community-based organizations.

The program for Cohort XXIV will start in September 2018 and run through May 2019. Applications for Cohort XXIV are being accepted through May 18, 2018 and can be found at The process is competitive with a limited number of cohort members chosen via an application and interview process. Interviews are conducted during the month of June, with notifications of acceptance arriving in early July.

Many employers will cover the cost of tuition for cohort members; however, VCLA does not turn qualified applicants away due to financial constraints; in addition to flexible payment arrangements, a limited number of partial scholarships are available to applicants in need of assistance via TAP (Tuition Assistance Program).

VCLA seeks diversity in their organization and program participants, encouraging anyone interested to apply.

For more information about VCLA, please email, reference the website, or find the Ventura County Leadership Academy on Facebook

@Ventura.County.Leadership.Academy or call 665-3504.

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