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Thank you for your interest in applying to the Community Leadership Program! As more than 1,000 alumni can attest, this year-long program will provide you with tools to be a more effective leader and have a greater impact on your community. If you still have questions, check our frequently asked questions below or reach out to us at 814-238-5559.

Leadership Centre County is now accepting applications for the class of 2021. If you are interested in applying, please review the program schedule to be sure you can attend the mandatory retreat and subsequent program days.

Application packages include the application, two confidential references, and a commitment form signed by the applicant and the applicant’s employer. Selections for each year’s class are made by LEADERSHIP’s Recruiting and Selection Committee based on the information contained in the completed application packet. Applications will be considered in the order in which they are received.

All required materials – application, references, and commitment form — must be submitted by July 31, 2020.

Our Recruitment and Selection Committee will review all applications in early August and make their selections. All applicants will be informed of the committee's decision by August 15, 2020. If selected, applicants will receive a welcome packet with tuition invoice and detailed instructions on how to proceed.


Tuition payment will be due in early September.


Your application package consists of three parts:

  1. Your Application (Click here to apply online)

  2. Two Confidential References (Please direct your references to this link to complete your references online)

  3. Commitment Form: Applicants who are employed must have the full support of their employer. This form must be printed, signed, and returned. (Click here to view and print the Commitment Form)


All required materials – application, references, and commitment form — must be submitted by July 31, 2020.

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by August 15, 2020. 

All members are required to attend the Fall Retreat. The Fall Retreat will be held the weekend of October 2 & 3, 2020. Dates are subject to change. Applicants who cannot attend should delay applying for the program until next year.

Click here for the program schedule for 2020/2021.


Tuition is $2,255. Please view our Tuition Refund Policy.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available and depend upon the amount of scholarship grants available for that year. Contact our office at 814-238-5559 if you would like to learn more about applying for a scholarship.


Applicants are advised that certain program days and activities require extensive walking, climbing stairs, standing for long periods of time, hiking, convening in tight spaces or other physical activity. Some of the locations utilized for activities and tours (especially historic buildings or sites) also may only be accessible by stairways, have awkward entries and/or require travel on public/private transit. Applicants requiring any type of special needs are advised to seek additional information about program locations if any of the above activities would pose a difficulty for their participation in the program days and activities.



What is Leadership Centre County?

Leadership Centre County is a community leadership development organization.  Our mission is to educate participants about the needs, available services, strengths, opportunities, and current issues in our community. Our overall goal is to increase the leadership pool within the county with folks who are well informed, networked, and qualified to lead. We accomplish this through two different programs: our Community Leadership Program (CLP) and the Transformational Leader Series (TLS). Click here to view our Event schedule.

So do you teach leadership skills?

Learning is focused on problem-solving, specific information about the community, and ways to make a contribution to the community.


The Community Leadership Program covers the following civic issues:

  • Arts and Culture

  • Criminal Justice

  • Economic Development

  • Education

  • Environment and Sustainability

  • Governance and Politics

  • Health and Human Services

  • History

The Community Leadership Program covers the following leadership development topics:

  • Balance

  • Ethics

  • Group Process

  • Self-Awareness

  • Understanding Motives

What is the Community Leadership Program?

Through a succession of 11 program days, held once a month throughout the program year, class participants in the CLP are exposed to the various aspects of the community to include history, health and human services, governance, economy, environment, education, and the arts. In addition, there is the opportunity to cultivate communication skills and dialogue with community leaders. Click here to see the schedule for the class of 2021.

What kind of people participate in LEADERSHIP programs?

Candidates for participation in the Community Leadership Program come from all walks of life, all industries, and all backgrounds but share one common trait: They are concerned about the future — of their neighborhoods, schools, environment, community planning, infrastructure, and quality of life in Centre County. They are interested in learning more about the history of the region and how to leave a lasting legacy. They want involvement – but don’t yet know how best to do that. Click here to hear from LEADERSHIP alumni on the impact the CLP helped them have in our community.

How do I get into the Community Leadership Program?

Class members must first be nominated, either by themselves or by a community member. Nominations for new class members are accepted year-round. In January, nominees are notified and directed to Leadership’s website to formally apply. The applications are reviewed by the recruitment and selection committee in July and selected class members are notified of their inclusion in the next class by mid-August. Click here to nominate a future class member.

What are the benefits to my employer?

Employers find a three-fold change in the employees they sponsor in the Community Leadership Program: an increased leadership skill set, a broadened knowledge of their community, and an expanded network of peers. Employees who participate in the CLP bring these skills back to their organizations as well as extend the reach of their employers via this new network.

What if I can’t commit to all the program days?

The commitment to attend eleven program days/events a year is a huge one for most folks. Participants and their employers must be willing to commit the necessary time to participate in the CLP. Attendance at a mandatory two-day retreat (scheduled on a non-football weekend in the fall) kicks off the year. Thereafter, the program days are held at locations throughout the county on the first Wednesday of the month.

New members sign a commitment form before acceptance into the class pledging attendance at the mandatory orientation reception event in September and the mandatory fall retreat. Class members are expected to attend all program sessions listed on the schedule. We believe you will reap the benefits! Click here to see the schedule for the class of 2021.