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The Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for a few more applicants to round out its 2014-15 Leadership Development Program.

Sixteen high school juniors and seniors have been selected for the group, better known as Leadership Sedalia, and the Leadership Sedalia Steering Committee has extended the deadline for adults for the class. So far six people have signed up, meaning the committee is looking for 10 more.

“It’s open to just about anyone,” said Chamber Executive Director Angie Thompson. “It’s for adults in the community, who are working or striving toward getting more leadership experience. We need to get some more people in Sedalia interested. They don’t have to be working, they could be someone retired who just wants to learn more about the community. Or it could be someone new in the community, it would be a good opportunity to learn more.”

The Chamber partnered with State Fair Community College this year to help teach the leadership portion of the class, while Thompson will be helping with the various tours throughout the sessions. Sessions are usually the first Tuesday of the month from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting in August and ending with graduation in April.

This year’s sessions include the Missouri State Fair; history in Pettis County and entrepreneurial spirit; social services such as the Center for Human Services, Open Door Ministries, the Salvation Army and Blue Ribbon; arts, recreation and education; economic development; health care; industry; and government and recycling. Tours include various industries in Sedalia, departments and offices within the City of Sedalia, Bothwell Regional Health Center, and the Center for Human Services.

“We have graduation in April, and we usually do a tour of (Whiteman Air Force) Base at graduation,” Thompson said. “They get to see a lot of things, we tour Tyson, tour different businesses. We take a look at what people are doing, meeting people in management or workers, and you get an idea of what some of these companies and places do. People may not get the opportunity to do that on normal basis.”

The group also works on a “class project” together throughout the year. The 2013-14 class worked on getting the Welcome to Sedalia signs.

According to the Chamber, more than 200 leaders have joined Leadership Sedalia since 1987 “to build upon their leadership skills, to strengthen individual networking techniques, to increase community awareness and to increase involvement within the community.”

The cost for the class is $700 for chamber members and $750 for non-members. Thompson said the fee includes books needed for the course, handouts, other class materials, and lunch.

Applications are available at sedaliachamber.com and are due by Tuesday. Applications can be dropped off at the Chamber, 600 E. Third St. For more information, contact Thompson at 826-2222 or angie@sedaliachamber.com.

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