Who is eligible?
Each class is comprised of 35-40 individuals who live and/or work in Winter Park, and are interested in becoming involved in the decision making process within the community and home, a desire to enhance Winter Park's quality of life and are already active in local civic or professional organizations.
What is the time commitment?
The program, extending from September through May, begins with a mandatory overnight orientation retreat, followed by eight monthly day-long sessions. The sessions are held the second Thursday of each month. Graduation festivities will follow the final session. A commitment to 100% attendance is expected from all participants.
What occurs at the day-long sessions?
Each session will highlight a different aspect of the community, and will address a variety of issues. Topics to be studied will include History, Government, Education, Arts & Culture, Business & Economy, Human Services, Health & Wellness and Sports & Leisure. The sessions will feature lectures and symposia by local leaders, consultants and professional educators. These will be supplemented by on-site visits, small group discussions, leadership development tips, case studies and group interaction. Participants will be introduced to those in authority within each field, and have access to information not readily available to the general public. Curriculum is designed to stimulate inquiry, analysis and development of public policy alternatives to a number of current community issues.
What is the cost of the program?
The tuition of $2,000 for Winter Park Chamber of Commerce members and $2,500 for non-members covers all expenses and materials, including the orientation retreat, all meals and graduation festivities. Financial assistance may be available on a limited basis, upon request.
How do I apply for the program?
For information on Class XXVI, beginning in Fall 2015, contact Debra Hendrickson at (407) 644-8281. Applications will be available in Spring 2015.