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Join a network of over 450 Leadership Thurston County graduates who are making a difference in businesses, government, non-profit organizations and as volunteers throughout our community.
Apply Now for the 20th LTC Class
Applications for the Class of 2014 are now available.
The purpose of Leadership Thurston County (LTC) is to develop informed, skilled, and committed leaders to build and sustain healthy communities in Thurston County. The program is designed to assist participants in acquiring a broad understanding of the complex issues facing the South Puget Sound region and building relationships that will facilitate collaborative efforts to embrace opportunities and resolve challenges. Leadership Thurston County is a program of the Thurston County Chamber Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) educational, non-profit organization. Since 1994, over 450 people have completed the program; the Class of 2014 will be the 20th LTC class.
Who Should Apply
Leadership Thurston County applicants are highly motivated, committed to being involved in our community, and plan on assuming leadership roles. Applicants must live or work in Thurston County. A maximum of two applicants may apply from one organization.
The 10-month program begins in September and ends in June. The class meets monthly for Challenge Days that focus on topics, such as Business & Economic Development, Government, Health & Human Services and the Environment. Each day is experience-based and includes meetings with leaders, site visits, and individual and group projects. Class members are expected to attend all sessions. The year's schedule is attached but may be subject to change. The year after graduation, participants plan and facilitate part of the curriculum for the following year's class.
A written application must be submitted to Leadership Thurston County by MAY 17, 2013. Class size is limited to 35 participants, and applications are reviewed in the order they are received. You are welcome and encouraged to contact Patti Grant, Program Coordinator, to discuss your interest in the program prior to submitting your application. Please mail materials to: Leadership Thurston County, P.O. Box 1427, Olympia, WA 98507.
Tuition for the 2013-2014 year is $1,800. A $500 deposit must accompany the application and will be applied to tuition. Payment plans and some financial assistance may be available. Please contact the Program Coordinator at 360.357.8515 or email LTC@ThurstonChamber.com.
Leadership Thurston County does not discriminate against applicants or participants based on race, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or physical ability.
For further information, please contact Patti Grant, Program Coordinator, at 360.357.8515 or email
2014 Class Calendar
|Fri., Sept. 13, 2013||9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.||Opening Retreat|
|Wed., Oct. 16, 2013||8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.||Scene Day|
|Thurs., Nov. 14, 2013||8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.||Education Day|
|Thurs., Dec. 5, 2013||8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.||Government Day|
|Wed., Jan. 15, 2014||8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.||Business & Economic Development|
|Wed., Feb. 26, 2014||8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.||Arts & Culture|
|Wed., Mar. 19, 2014||8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.||Health & Human Services|
|Wed., Apr. 16, 2014||8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.||Law & Justice|
|Wed., May 21, 2014||8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.||Environment Day|
|Fri., June 6, 2014||9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.||Closing Retreat|
|Wed., June 11, 2014||11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.||Graduation|