Leadership Okaloosa

Benefits | Application Criteria | Tuition Fees | Schedule | Download an Application

Leadership Okaloosa is an esteemed leadership training and development program with a 22 year history of being a vital part of Okaloosa County's growth and development of its leaders. This 9 month experience is designed to enhance the participant's leadership skills and provide community awareness.

Hosted from September to June, participants receive classroom training by certified instructors and are given opportunities to interact with various key community leaders throughout the process. Tours of key areas such as Destin, Crestview, Niceville, Valparaiso, Fort Walton Beach, Eglin Air Force Base, and Legislative Days in Tallahassee provide participants with a better understanding of the community. Additionally, each participant takes part in a group project to benefit the community while focusing on project management, time management and team building skills.

Another important aspect of Leadership Okaloosa is the networking relationships forged that lead to long lasting personal and professional relationships. Leadership Okaloosa is hosted by the Northwest Florida State College Costa Leadership Institute with the support of the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce, Destin Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, and Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce.

Benefits | Application Criteria | Tuition Fees | Schedule | Download an Application

Benefits to the Participant:

  • Learn leadership training and development
  • Network with others in the community
  • Be equipped and motivated to assume leadership roles in the community
  • Interact with community leaders
  • Develop an awareness of the region and its needs
  • Awareness of the Legislative process (Tallahassee Legislative Days)

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Application Criteria

Applications are accepted May 1 through July 20, 2012. The class size ranges from 25-35 participants. Leadership Okaloosa seeks participants who:

  • Demonstrate leadership qualities in their job
  • Participate in the community and desire to better our community through active leadership
  • Commitment of necessary time and effort to complete Leadership Okaloosa
  • Represent a cross section of the population
  • Hold high standards of personal integrity
  • Desire to network with others in the community
  • Equipped and motivated to assume leadership roles in a variety of settings

Nominations Accepted May 1 - July 20, 2012.
Each applicant will be notified of their status by August 10, 2012.
View the 2012-2013 application

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Tuition Fee - $900

The fee includes leadership development training, Effective Leadership book and materials, coffee and lunch during monthly training days, chamber breakfast or lunch during tour days, graduation celebration for participant and a guest to attend, and Tallahassee Legislative Days transportation and dinner.

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Classes are currently scheduled for 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Tour days are held from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Classes will be held at the Northwest Florida State College Niceville campus in Building K; or the Learning Resources Center; or the Leadership Institute.

Schedule Event Location
September 25, 2012 Orientation and Training Day Costa Leadership Institute
October 12, 2012 Eglin Air Force Base Tour Eglin AFB
October 23, 2012 Training Day Costa Leadership Institute
November 1, 2012 Crestview Tour Crestview
December 11, 2012 Training Day NWF Airport
January 8, 2013 Niceville Valparaiso Tour Niceville/ Valparaiso
January 29, 2013 Training Day Costa Leadership Institute
February 26, 2013 Training Day Costa Leadership Institute
March 1, 2013 Fort Walton Beach Tour Fort Walton Beach
April 3 & 4, 2013 Tallahassee Legislative Days Tallahassee
April 30, 2013 Training Day Costa Leadership Institute
May 14, 2013 Destin Tour Destin
May 21, 2013 Graduation Celebration Costa Leadership Institute

NOTE: This is a tentative schedule and is subject to change.

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