The 2014 Leadership Irving-Las Colinas Class raised $10,273 in food donations for Irving Cares, providing 121 weeks of groceries for families in need.

The 2014 Leadership Irving-Las Colinas Class raised $10,273 in food donations for Irving Cares, providing 121 weeks of groceries for families in need.

The Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for its 2015 Leadership Irving-Las Colinas Class.

Leadership Irving-Las Colinas is a reputable eight-month program that provides education and awareness of community opportunities, challenges and resources through classes in leadership development, community involvement, public safety, education, business, arts, health care, government and more.

The Chamber’s program is sponsored in part by the Irving Economic Development Partnership.

Participants selected for the competitive program must commit to a full eight-hour day of classes on the first Friday of every month, from September 2014 through April 2015.

“The program gives participants the chance to experience all facets of the City of Irving, first-hand,” said Joy Goodrum, Director of Education and Workforce Development for the Irving Chamber. “Leadership Irving-Las Colinas’ goal is to not only educate and develop the city’s future leaders, but to engage them in our community at all levels, including touring our vast nonprofit agencies in the city.”

Classes include meetings with important nonprofit human-services agencies, such as Irving Cares and Brighter Tomorrows; a tour of the Irving Criminal Justice Center; riding with paramedics and Irving firefighters during a training exercise; a class on Irving’s Economic Development Partnership showcasing its current and future developments, as well as redevelopment projects citywide; Irving Day recognition in Austin to meet State Representatives, government leaders and tour the State Capital and more.

The deadline to apply is by 5 p.m. July 31.

Applicants will be notified if they are selected by 5 p.m. Aug. 8. A one-time, non-refundable tuition of $1,000 is due in-full by Aug. 31.

Tuition includes cost for leadership programs, tours, meals, program materials and meeting locations. This also includes a ticket to the Chamber’s Annual Awards Celebration. The mission of Leadership Irving-Las Colinas is to identify, educate and develop future leaders, and to motivate these leaders for civic, charitable and community involvement.

If interested in participating in this competitive program, or to nominate a colleague, contact Joy Goodrum at 972-822-8820 or email her at jgoodrum@irvingchamber.com.

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