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Leadership Holyoke Program Set to Commence

HOLYOKE — The Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, Holyoke Community College, and PeoplesBank announced that the Leadership Holyoke program will commence this month. Leadership Holyoke is a training program that fosters and promotes leadership development and collaborative skills for success in the community and in the workplace.

The 2014 curriculum has been transformed to include new and exciting elements this year. The primary tier of Leadership Holyoke develops a group of emerging leaders that benefit the Holyoke community in providing experienced direction and support to local institutions. Leadership Holyoke advances individuals to rise to their potential by acquiring new skills and offers opportunities to network and interact with community and business leaders. Participants receive an indepth look at community resources, assets, and opportunities, and learn problem-solving skills for achieving change.

In addition to the primary leadership program, alumni or graduates of past Leadership Holyoke classes have a new opportunity to participate in a mentor-model advanced program. In alignment with the city’s goals and objectives, graduates will identify key challenges within the community and develop ideas and recommendations on how to assist in addressing those issues. This model will teach people how to be mentors in the community who will be able to support small and micro businesses and community-based organizations.

The third tier of Leadership Holyoke is the executive orientation tract. New CEOs and executive-level business people will be provided an orientation to the Holyoke community as well as an opportunity to meet key community and business leaders that can help orient and welcome them to Holyoke. In addition, the group culminates in a trip to the State House in Boston to meet with state legislators and key secretariats within state government.

The purpose of Leadership Holyoke, now in its 27th year, is to develop an ever-expanding core of men and women trained in leadership and business skills who are motivated to serve as volunteers in the many organizations in the Greater Holyoke community. The program commitment is one full day a month beginning on Sept. 18 and ending May 6. The cost of the program is $595 for the primary tract, $175 for the mentor tract, and $400 for the executive-level tract.

A community scholarship will be awarded for the primary tract. Any Holyoke resident interested in the primary program can submit a letter to the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce requesting the $300 scholarship stating why they feel that they should be considered for the scholarship. Letters of request need to be submitted to GHCC, 177 High St., Holyoke, MA 01040, or at [email protected], no later than Sept. 9 to be considered for the $300 discount.

For more information, call the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce at (413) 534-3376 or Holyoke Community College at (413) 552-2589.

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