Kern Leaders Academy

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Welcome to the Kern Leaders Academy

Extensive Academy Education and Training Program

The Kern Leaders Academy selects 8 community leaders each year to participate in this extensive education and training program, conducted by the Kern County Taxpayers Education Fund. Educational Training is held over nine weeks, with 72 hours of instruction.

The Academy teaches community leaders how to listen to constituents, with a clear understanding of how to seek endorsements, support, and reserve the right to make independent decisions.
Successful graduates will feel secure knowing they have the knowledge and vision to put their services forward as a community leader and eventually, an elected public official who is capable of offering creative solutions to the challenges facing Kern County.

Academy Topics Include:

  • Ethics of Leadership and Critical Thinking
  • Kern County Economy
  • State Issues and Solutions
  • Regional Issues and Solutions
  • Local Government
  • Education in Kern County
  • Government Finance
  • Healthcare
  • Image Consultation
  • Fundamentals Communications
  • Effective Communications
  • Media Relations
  • The Electoral Process
  • Civic Leadership and Governance

The Project Vision

The Kern Leaders Academy is a community leadership program, conducted by the Kern County Taxpayers Education Fund, whose purpose is to assist in the development of visionary community leaders who recognize that a healthy business climate is necessary for a strong economy, and a strong economy is necessary for a vibrant community. The Academy will provide education and training to civic, professional and business leaders and others with outstanding leadership potential so that they may enter public service with the appropriate skills and vision to address creatively the challenges facing Kern County.