Batavia, NY- As Leadership Wyoming begins its eighth year this month, a GCC student is among the 18 class members. Hannah Ikeler was selected to participate in the ten month long program which aims to help class members better understand the community and develop leadership skills which they can then use as future volunteers and community leaders.
Ikeler is the first student to participate in the program following a decision by the Leadership Wyoming application selection committee to allow one student each year to be part of the program free of charge. “We felt this would be an amazing opportunity for the right student and would also benefit the rest of the group,” said Jessica Hibbard, a member of the application selection committee and academic advisor at GCC Warsaw. Ikeler, from Perry, is studying Business and plans to graduate with an AAS (Associate’s in Applied Science) degree in May 2014. Last semester she interned with the Town of Castile, helping collect data needed to apply for grant assistance.
GCC is well-represented in Leadership Wyoming this year. Valerie Hoffman, campus center associate at GCC Warsaw is also part of this year’s class. And The BEST Center’s Jo Beth Rath led a portion of the two-day opening retreat, facilitating a discussion on the strengths and limitations of Wyoming County and how the group perceives the areas where they live and work.
Other members of this year’s class represent diverse personal and employment backgrounds and come from across Wyoming County. “This is one of the most diverse groups that have taken part in the Leadership program and they will certainly rise to the challenges ahead,” said Program Coordinator Kelly Ashcraft, from the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce. “It is always exciting to listen in on the conversations that they have right from the beginning, and to see how they develop as leaders throughout the program.”
The group spent two days together to start the program. Personal discovery and group dynamic activities set the stage for the next nine months. During that time, they will explore the offerings throughout Wyoming County including touring local manufacturers, talking to economic developers, visiting the Attica Correctional Facility, as well as local farms and tourist attractions. They’ll also see elected officials in action and learn about the courts system on Government and Criminal Justice Day.
“This year’s class should prove to be very dynamic and will provide the participants some new and exciting ways to explore and learn about Wyoming County, while developing important leadership skills,” said Scott Gardner, President of the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce.
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A photo of the Leadership Wyoming Class is available on the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WyomingCountyChamberofCommerce