The Jackson County Cooperative Extension Office is now taking applications for Leadership Jackson County.

Leadership Jackson County is a program co-sponsored by the Jackson County Cooperative Extension Office, Jackson County Economic Development Authority and the Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce. The program is designed to develop and enhance community leadership.

Participants from diverse backgrounds will gain expanded knowledge of the community, develop relationships and acquire skills in order to assure a more active and effective volunteer role in addressing community needs.

The annual program gives residents an overview of the county, including its history, judicial system, agriculture, economic development, local government, educational system, health care system and community programs. Leadership Jackson County begins with an exciting, fun filled day of orientation in October, followed by the Agriculture Session later in the month.

The class will then meet every second Thursday of the month from November through March. The programs last all day and are held at various locations throughout the county, depending on the topic.

Leadership Jackson County concludes with an overnight trip to Montgomery in April to learn about the state government.

The healthcare and community services class is in November, the history class is in December, the education class is in January, the economic development class in in February and the local government class is in March.

The fee for Leadership Jackson County is $325, and it covers all lodging and meal expenses. County Extension Coordinator Mike Sims said the extension office will take applications until Oct. 8.

Anyone interested can apply at the Jackson County Cooperative Extension Office. For more information, contact Sims at 256.574.2143 or at

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