Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Attendance is mandatory at: Opening Retreat, Closing Retreat, Graduation, and 7 of 8 monthly sessions.

Attendance at one community meeting (at least one hour in length) must be done to complete graduation requirements. A report indicating the date and time of the meeting, length of time spent there, and three perceptions gleaned from the experience is due to the Executive Director prior to graduation. The report should be no more than one page in length.

Community meetings can include:

  1. City Council
  2. Board of County Supervisors
  3. School Board
  4. ISU Extension Council
  5. IHCC Board of Trustees

Community meetings can take place in Ottumwa, Wapello County, or near-by city or county.

The completion of group projects: Topics are identified and project teams formed during the first 3 months of the academy. Groups are expected to work outside of the scheduled monthly sessions on their projects.

Each project team will be assigned a mentor who will serve as an advisor throughout the year. Teams will provide two presentations to the Team Mentor Committee and can meet with their mentor on an as-needed basis. The mentors will help steer the teams through obstacles as needed and help ensure teams are on the right track with their projects.