Do I have to be nominated to apply to Ottumwa Leadership Academy?
While nominations definitely help a person with the process of applying, they are not required.
Do I have to live in Ottumwa?
You have to live and/or work in Wapello County.
Am I too young/old for this program?
As long as you are at least 18 years old, you are eligible! Participants ages have ranged from 18 – 63 years of age.
I’ve lived here my whole life. Isn’t this program JUST for people new to the community?
It doesn’t matter how long you’ve lived here! Alumni from previous classes who “have lived here their whole life” are surprised by how much they learned about the community. The 2014-2015 class has lived and/or worked in Wapello County in the following breakdown:
17% less than 1 year
35% 1-5 years
18% 6-20 years
30% 20-50 years
Who is eligible to participate in Ottumwa Leadership Academy?
Anyone who lives or works in Wapello County with a desire to further serve the community is eligible to apply for participation. Class size is limited and the selection of candidates is accomplished on a competitive basis.
What is the tuition for the program?
Tuition for the 2016-2017 Academy is $750. Tuition may be paid by an employer/sponsor, individual or not-for-profit organization.
What does the price of tuition include?
- Over 25 hours of leadership training over the course of 10 classes.
- An enhanced understanding and appreciation of community strengths, needs, and prospects.
- The opportunity to build solid relationships with other participants, board members, and alumni.
- The opportunity to engage with numerous community leaders from Ottumwa/Wapello County schools, government, non-profits, health care entities and more.
- The opportunity to make a real difference in Ottumwa and Wapello County via organized team projects.
How do I apply for the program?
Complete and submit an enrollment application (link) and follow the instructions provided on the application.
How is the Ottumwa Leadership Academy funded?
Funding is provided by participant tuition fees, contributions from corporations and organizations. It is subsidized by Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation as part of a 5-point strategic plan.
Is tuition assistance available?
We have one scholarship available: The Andy Hansen Legacy Scholarship.
Andy Hansen was Plant Manager at John Deere Ottumwa Works from 2010-2013. While in Ottumwa, Andy provided leadership and encouraged others to step into leadership roles. He demonstrated his leadership through volunteerism and was part of the following boards: Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation, Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation, United Way of Wapello County, Ottumwa Airport Advisory, Indian Hills Community College Leadership Advisory, Indian Hills Community College Local Advisory Council
Following his tenure, the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation wanted to honor Andy’s dedication to the betterment of the Ottumwa community by creating the Andy Hansen Legacy Scholarship.
This scholarship is for one year’s tuition for a participant from a non-profit organization or small business that might not otherwise be able to send someone. To be considered for the scholarship, the applicant must fill out the enrollment and scholarship application by date posted on the application form. Contact the Ottumwa Leadership Academy office to obtain the application for the Andy Hansen Legacy Scholarship.