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Date: August 10, 2005
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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MONTGOMERY COLLEGE, CARL M. FREEMAN FOUNDATION TEAM UP TO LAUNCH INSTITUTE FOR NONPROFIT LEADERS

Montgomery College's Workforce Development and Continuing Education unit and the Carl M. Freeman Foundation have teamed up to create a special Nonprofit Leadership Institute, a three-day intensive training program designed for new and emerging leaders of Montgomery County nonprofit organizations.
 
The Institute will start with an orientation dinner on Monday, September 26, at the Montgomery College Business Training Center in Gaithersburg, followed by three day-long training sessions, Tuesday–Thursday, September 27–29, at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville.  Participants are also expected to attend follow-up sessions in November and January. 

The Nonprofit Leadership Institute was created to help nonprofits, which have long played an essential role in Montgomery County’s quality of life and economic development, continue to grow and succeed.  A team of leaders from local nonprofits, including the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Montgomery County Community Foundation, and Community Ministries of Montgomery County, are serving as advisors to the Nonprofit Leadership Institute. 

“The Institute will be a terrific training program for emerging leaders in Montgomery County’s nonprofits,” said Cheryl Kagan, Executive Director of the Carl M. Freeman Foundation. "We are proud to be a benefactor for a program that will benefit both the people and the organizations working to make a difference in our community."

“This program will help to strengthen the leadership backbone of these organizations,” said Stephen Cain, instructional dean at Montgomery College.  “It will also give participants a unique opportunity to network and learn from their peers.”

The Institute will teach its nonprofit students how to become effective directors, guide their organization through change, and work with diverse constituencies.  Local nonprofit leaders will lend their valuable advice and support as students learn to deal with their own strengths and weaknesses as leaders, cope with conflict and community effectively. 

Tuition for the three-day program is $495 and includes all course materials, meals, the dinner reception on September 26, and additional follow-up sessions in November and January.  The Carl M. Freeman Foundation will provide financial assistance to students from organizations with small budgets. 

All interested participants are encouraged to apply early.  Participants will be selected based on the quality of their applications as well as the diversity in size and mission of their nonprofit organizations. Priority consideration for admission and financial aid will be given to applications submitted by close of business on Friday, August 19.  Applications arriving after that date will be reviewed if there is space remaining in the program. More information is available at www.montgomerycollege.edu/wdce/nonprofitleadership.html or by calling 301-279-5188.


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