1401 19th Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301-4400
The purpose is to assist in the development of visionary community leaders who recognize that a healthy business climate is necessary for a strong economy, and a strong economy is necessary for a vibrant community. The Academy provides education and training to civic, professional and business leaders with outstanding leadership potential so that they may enter public service with the appropriate skills and vision to creatively address the challenges facing Kern County.
The Kern Leaders Academy selects 8 community leaders each year to participate in this extensive education and training program, conducted by the Kern County Taxpayers Education Fund. Educational Training is held over nine weeks, with 72 hours of instruction.
The Academy teaches community leaders how to listen to constituents, with a clear understanding of how to seek endorsements, support, and reserve the right to make independent decisions.
Successful graduates will feel secure knowing they have the knowledge and vision to put their services forward as a community leader and eventually, an elected public official who is capable of offering creative solutions to the challenges facing Kern County.
Target Audience: Adult
Average Size: Less than 20
Tuition: $750 - $1000
Academy Topics Include:
*Ethics, Leadership and Critical Thinking
*Running for Public Office
*Community Leadership: The View from the Dias
*Giving Back to the Community
*“What Would You Do?”
*Agriculture and Water
*The County’s Changing Demographics and Economic Outlook
*The Fundamentals of Funding Local Government
*Civic Leadership: Addressing Societal Needs
*Kern County Energy Production
*The San Joaquin Valley
*Tying It Together… Final Thoughts
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