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Leadership Class XX is set to graduate

May 20, 2007

The yearlong course of study for members of Class XX of Leadership Washington County is coming to a close as the class prepares to graduate on June 27.

The mission of Leadership Washington County is to provide additional leadership training and community immersion for individuals identified as accomplished in the business, nonprofit or government sectors.

Held one day a month for nine months, the sessions focus on topics that affect the region, such as economic development and downtown revitalization, health and human services, education, culture and quality of life, and state and local government

Class members are responsible for taking part in the planning for two program days. Each program day is a reflection of those individuals' experiences and insights so each year presents a unique experience.

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This year's highlights included a visit to the Maryland Correctional Institution; an intensive leadership development workshop and panel discussion on diversity at Antietam Overlook; a trip to Winter Street Elementary School, the site of an elementary school in transition; and a joint tour of the county with members of the Student Leadership class.

The program, formerly known as Leadership Hagerstown, began in 1987 and has graduated more than 500 people. Graduates of the program go on to serve on boards, run for public office and take on other leadership roles in the community, according to a prepared release.

Graduates remain active through the alumni association and work to affect public policy, improve educational and professional opportunities in the area and creatively develop solutions to community challenges.

The program is designed to promote discussion and cooperation beyond traditional boundaries.

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