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Date: August 2, 2006
Media Contact: Cheryl Kagan, 240-779-8075 (Carl M. Freeman Foundation); Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970 (Montgomery College)

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Montgomery College, Carl M. Freeman Foundation Accepting Applications for Jointly Sponsored Nonprofit Leadership Institute
Five-Day Program Provides Training to Next Generation of Nonprofit Leaders

Montgomery College's Workforce Development and Continuing Education unit and the Carl M. Freeman Foundation are now accepting applications for their jointly sponsored Nonprofit Leadership Institute. The Institute is a five-day intensive training program designed for new and emerging leaders at Montgomery County nonprofit organizations. This marks the second year for the program.

The Nonprofit Leadership Institute was created to help nonprofits grow and succeed in Montgomery County. A team of leaders from local nonprofits serves as advisors to the Nonprofit Leadership Institute.

“Being a part of the Nonprofit Leadership Institute was a remarkable experience,” said Julie Maltzman, deputy director of the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless and graduate of the first Nonprofit Leadership Institute class. “It came at a very opportune time for me as I was changing positions within the nonprofit community. The skills I learned and the network we developed facilitated my transition both personally and professionally.”

In the program, participants will learn how to become more effective directors, guide their organizations through change, and work with diverse constituencies. Local nonprofit leaders will also lend their valuable advice and support as participants learn to manage their strengths and weaknesses as leaders, cope with conflict, and communicate effectively.

“Our Nonprofit Leadership Institute class became very close and some great partnerships and collaborations between organizations have sprouted,” said Debra J. Moser, executive director of the Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts, formerly Rockville Arts Place, and graduate of the first Nonprofit Leadership Institute class. “Your program taught me that successful leadership is not generated by one person alone, but rather it is the entire organization working together that makes the leader successful.”

The Institute will start with an orientation dinner on Monday, September 18, followed by three day-long training sessions. Participants are also expected to attend class sessions on November 14, 2006, and January 11, 2007.

Tuition for the three-day program is $495 and includes all course materials, lunch each day, dinner on September 18, and program meetings. The Carl M. Freeman Foundation will provide some financial assistance to qualifying participants from nonprofits with limited training budgets.

All interested participants are encouraged to apply. Participants will be selected based on their experience in the nonprofit sector, commitment to serving the community, quality of their applications, as well as the diversity in size and mission of their nonprofit organization. Applications must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, August 11.

More information is available at www.montgomerycollege.edu/wdce/nonprofitleadership.html or by calling 301-279-5188.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves more than 55,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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