Monday, September 1, 2014

Knox-Haskell Rural Leadership Program Accepting Applications

The Knox-Haskell Rural Leadership Program is coming to your community! This 8-month leadership series will be the opportunity of a lifetime. The leadership program will be packed with outstanding speakers, tours, workshops, networking and much more. The Knox County Visioning Group and the Development Corporation of Haskell are sponsoring the Knox-Haskell Rural Leadership Program. Partnering organizations are the Knox and Haskell County Extension Offices and the Texas Rural Leadership Organization.

Topics for this year’s program include communication, conflict management, dealing with difficult people/situations, diversity, leadership styles, customer service and team building to name just a few. In addition local tours of business and industry will help participants to learn more about their community.
The leadership series will be open to 20 people. 

Those participating will attend an Orientation on October 17, 2014.  Monthly sessions will then be held November through May 2015 in Knox and Haskell County. The group will take a trip to Austin in February 2015.  And, each group will launch a community project upon completion of the training in May.  A commitment for attendance will be required. Monthly sessions will be held on the first Friday each month from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., and each session will cover a leadership topic, followed by an educational tour to local business and industry. Some of the tours include oil production, county-city government, medical education, agriculture and quality of life elements.

The program costs $250 and may be paid by the employer or by individuals.  Each participant will receive 4.8 CEUs from Vernon College. This includes all travel, food, a t-shirt, the overnight trip to Austin and all supplies. Applications are available to Knox County residents at the Knox County Visioning Group office in Benjamin, TX, or downloaded here. For Haskell County residents applications can be picked up at City Hall or downloaded at The fee will be billed in October and a payment plan can be accepted. Application deadline has been extended to September 30.

Who should attend?

A new person to the community will learn about the community and meet new people in the region. A person who has lived in Knox and Haskell Counties will learn new things about their community and neighboring towns they did not know and meet new people. Every individual learns about him or herself through self-analysis and gains self-confidence.  Participants gain skills to improve communication and relationships in their family, at work, and in their community. Each person gains new lifelong friendships as well as networking contacts in all areas of Knox and Haskell County.  The employer gains a motivated employee who has increased confidence, customer service skills and new tools for leadership. The community gains residents who are aware of local and state facilities, services and needs.

For more information, download the brochure here or the flyer here