ELA Expansion and Call for Instructors

Hey public works leader! APWA needs YOU!

We are excited to announce that due to overwhelming demand, starting with the 2023-24 program year, the Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA) will expand from 16 participants to 32. This means that we need more instructors, and one of them could be you!

ELA, currently in its 16th year, is a unique year-long program that focuses on developing leadership and management skills using the context of public works as the framework. Participants must be within their first ten years in the public works field or have been promoted to their first career supervisory position within the last three years. Over the past 16 years of the program’s existence, ELA has become a highly competitive and respected program whose graduates are among the most involved and dedicated volunteers within APWA, both on the national and chapter level.

Nominees will be selected based on various factors, including demonstrated public works leadership abilities, the ability to represent the Emerging Leaders Academy positively, and facilitation experience. The beauty of serving as an instructor is you will get as much out of the experience as the students—if not more.

Nominations are open for instructors who will shadow current instructors during this year's class in preparation for teaching next year. Instructors are public works professionals who are leaders in their organizations who want to pass on their expertise to others. You’ll stay with your assigned group of participants for the year, helping them grow in their leadership abilities.

You do not have to be a graduate of ELA to apply. The year-long Academy takes public works professionals interested in furthering their careers and teaches them leadership and management skills. The program culminates in a class project and attendance at PWX.

Don't hesitate to take this next step in your career. The deadline to apply is June 8, 2022.

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