The graduates are: (Refugio County) Thomas Bernal, Charles Garrett Engelking, Lenny Anzaldua and Misty Upton; (Live Oak County) Debi Bledsoe, Sally Conn and Michael Ginster; (Bee County) Gilbert Perez, Kathleen Echevarria, John Reid, Cara Frederick and Kelsey Hill.
The development and writing of the Critical Thinking in Leadership Curriculum was supported by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Leadership Grant 81102.
The curriculum writers reviewed the Texas Rural Leadership Program curriculum, kept the salient parts and added curriculum components that focused on critical thinking based on data driven decision making principles.
Those who successfully complete the course will receive continuing education units in LEAD 1000 Workforce Development with Critical Thinking, LEAD 2000 Corporate and Community Development with Critical Thinking, and LEAD 2050 Leadership Development with Critical Thinking if the program is associated with an accredited community college in the state of Texas. More information on the Critical Thinking in Leadership curriculum and TRLP may be reviewed at http://www.trlp.org/index.php
Topics include: making the case for critical thinking leadership; communication from the community and corporate perspective; team building; strategies for obtaining and using qualitative and quantitative data; strategic planning; action planning; and monitoring progress of projects and grants.
Coastal Bend College will host the next classes for Leadership Bee, Live Oak and Refugio counties beginning on Sept. 11, and the class will meet the second Friday of every month through June 2010.
The revised application may be found at http://vct.coastalbend.edu/cbcss/content/index..cfm/fa/viewpage/category_id/280.htm, See Leadership.
For more information on developing your own leadership program for your community or for joining one of these county programs contact Dr. Greg Clary at firstname.lastname@example.org or Glynis Holm Strause at email@example.com.