Attendance Requirement

  • Attend Opening Retreat (August)
  • Attend Closing Retreat (June)
  • Attend 9 Monthly Class Sessions (September – May), missing no more than 2 class sessions

Monthly class sessions run from 8:20 am-4:30 pm. Cohort members must arrive on time and stay until sessions adjourn. If these requirements are not met, this could jeopardize the member’s matriculation to graduation and grant of alumni status.

The dates of all the sessions are outlined here. Dates are set, but the locations, times, and speakers are subject to change. Updated agendas will be distributed by email prior to each of the monthly sessions. Participants should always refer to these agendas for location and schedule information.

Community Meeting Requirement

Attend two (2) community meetings and submit an attendance form to share event information as well as lessons learned from attendance at the meeting. A link will be provided to all participants at the Opening Retreat.

Community meetings can include but are not limited to:

  • County Commissioners’ meeting
  • County Council meeting
  • Town Board/City Council meeting
  • School Board meeting
  • Hamilton County Governmental Affairs Committee meeting
  • Nonprofit Board meetings: YMCA, Red Cross, Hamilton County Tourism, HCLA, Prevail, Boys & Girls Club, Janus, United Way, etc.
    **Look in the local newspapers for meeting dates, times, and locations, or call the organization you are interested in for meeting information.

DISCLAIMER: You cannot attend meetings of groups or organizations with which you are already involved or those that are work-related.

Community Collaborative Experience

Each class member is required to particpate in 4 Community Collaborative meetings outside of class attendance. These dates/times will be coordinated based on Community Collaborative members’ schedules.

Community Collaboratives are small groups led by an HCLA alumni and allow class members to dig deeper into the themes convered during the program experience.  Community Collaborative topics and assignments will be coordinated during the Opening Retreat.