The program introduces students to county leaders, shines a spotlight on each government department.
A group in Fluvanna County is calling for people interested in learning about the inner workings of county government to step forward. Registration is open now for a course that's proving to create leaders in the county.
The Fluvanna Leadership Development program has more than 200 graduates in the past 10 years. Now the group is looking for the next generation.
When Camilla Washington ran for a seat on Fluvanna County's school board, she decided to enroll in the Fluvanna Leadership Development Program.
"I just knew the surface of different county departments and really wanted to understand how different departments played a role in county government and how it really helped the citizens of the county," she said.
The program introduces students to county leaders, shines a spotlight on each government department, and takes them on a bus tour around their community.
"It is awfully, awfully good for people who are new in town but we've also had great success in people who have lived here all their lives. They have managed to see some things and meet some people that they had not met before and we think that's great," said Al Colville, former co-chair.
Colville says the program has graduated 213 people in 10 years. Of those graduates, 188 have held a leadership position in Fluvanna County.
Washington says the course has fueled her work as chair of the school board.
"It's amazing that every single course I went to I took something different from the class and really gained a lot of knowledge that I think citizens don't really recognize if they're not attending a course like this," she said.
Now, she works alongside other grads on the program's steering committee.
"I think it's very important for all Fluvanna citizens to gain more knowledge," Washington said. "The past couple of years have been really tough for Fluvanna and I think it's really awakened people in the community to want to become more involved and want to learn more about the county and how it functions."
The first 25 people to sign up for the course are guaranteed a spot.
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