What Is Leadership Ascension? As Ascension Parish grows and the community becomes more complex and demanding, there is an increasing need to train responsible and informed leaders.

Leadership Ascension is an innovative program sponsored by The Ascension Chamber of Commerce to assist in preparing emerging community leaders for leadership positions in local government, business and community affairs. The results-oriented program is directed by a steering committee of community leaders with the assistance of the Chamber staff.

The purpose is to provide a forum for and increase the awareness of potential leaders by giving them an intense course which encompasses a broad scope of community concerns.

A maximum of thirty individuals will be selected to participate in the program. Since the number of participants in Leadership Ascension is limited and selection will be made to reflect the diversity of Ascension Parish, applicants who are not selected are encouraged to reapply in subsequent years.

How Does It Work? Following an orientation retreat in late August which explores leadership skills, the class will attend eight all-day sessions, each focusing on a specific aspect of Ascension Parish, such as government, education, law enforcement, economic development, and more. The program will culminate with a closing retreat in early June.

Sessions include lectures, simulations, group discussions, panel presentations, field trips, and community research projects. Attendance at the opening and closing retreats is mandatory. Participants who miss more than two monthly sessions will not be able to successfully graduate from the program.

What Is The Tuition? Tuition for Chamber Members is $950 and Non-Members $1175 which covers fees, course materials, luncheons, socials, opening and closing retreats, and some paid speakers. Some partial scholarships are available.

Applicants must have the full support of the organization or corporation they represent.

What Are The Benefits? In addition to learning specific leadership skills and gaining a broad exposure to the community, participants also meet their peers in other fields and form contacts which will benefit their volunteer and professional activities.

Group Community Service Projects The Ascension Leadership Program also requires groups to complete a community service project that benefits the overall community. For years these projects have left a lasting legacy and served both Ascension Parish residents and businesses. Past community service examples include projects such as a senior citizen's prom, a mass casualty response bus, a parish-wide youth mentoring program and countless more positive examples of volunteerism.

How Do I Apply? To apply, fill out the application and mail to the address shown below:

The Ascension Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 1204 Gonzales, LA 70707-1204
ph: (225) 647-7487
fax: (225) 647-5124

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