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Leadership education offerings

About our offerings — the cohort approach

Extension brings leadership education to communities in a cohort group setting that includes 20–30 participants. Our programs are designed with community sponsors and usually last from six to 18 months.

We learn about your community’s interests and needs, then consider ways we can meet your goals. Our purpose is to transform your community members into engaged and active community leaders.

Design your community leadership program

We can help you design an education program. Our team has developed models, based on available research, that can guide us as we design your program together. Your leadership program may include one or more of the offerings tied to the following leadership traits:

Review our education programs in the following sections, program costs, and then consult with an educator to discuss your community's leadership needs.

Know yourself and try to understand others


Communicate effectively and form positive relationships


Manage change and conflict


Create successful teams


Value diversity


Be a thoughtful decision maker


Motivate others


Conduct successful community meetings


Next steps and costs

We will work with your community to build a leadership program on a contract basis. Once we decide on your education program, we will send your community or organization a program fee agreement.

Instruction costs

Our standard professional education fee is $150 per hour of instruction.

  • Workshops are typically a half day (3-4 hours)
  • One-day seminars can be customized to your unique needs (6-8 hours)

Other fees

  • Additional (per person) fees are charged for curriculum materials, participant handouts and professional inventories
    • Inventories vary in cost from $20 to $65 per person
  • Transportation and/or lodging costs for the instructor

The program fee agreement needs to be signed prior to the program start date. Invoicing will occur following delivery of the program.

Questions and more information

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Holli Arp, program leader, leadership and civic engagement.

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