Summit County graduations are in full swing this week, starting with a new class of community leaders.
Suzanne Price, director of a community-based leadership program called Leadership Summit, announced the program’s 2014 graduates Monday, May 19. The 14 graduates were recognized at a recent ceremony at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge.
This year’s class included three department directors of Summit County towns, three bank employees and two ski resort representatives, she said, and 70 percent of the students were sponsored by their employers.
“For me that was huge,” she said. “The employers are realizing the benefit of sending their employees here.”
In the nine-month-long program, local residents in business, government and nonprofit organizations meet once a month for a full day. They work with leadership consultants in the morning, and in the afternoon they hear from other community leaders and learn how their skills can help solve local challenges.
The program, which just finished its ninth year, was started by members of the Rotary Club of Summit County and originally run through the Keystone Conference Center. For the last five years, the program has been run by Price, CMC’s regional director of customized business services, and Beth Shaw, the college’s dean of business and industry.
Tuition is $1,250, which pays for the consultants and breakfast and lunch at the group meetings at relevant locations throughout the county.
Price said grant funding from The Summit Foundation usually helps provide scholarships for locals whose employers won’t cover their tuition.