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Ottumwa Leadership Academy is a 10-month, tuition-based academy that provides participants what we are calling an “MBA” in Ottumwa and Wapello County with targeted leadership development strategies and skills. We want to: Educate, Empower, Encourage & Engage.

The Mission of Ottumwa Leadership Academy is to develop effective leaders for the betterment of our community.

Our curriculum provides a broad review of the various areas that community leaders face every day such as quality of life, government, public relations, human and community services, education, and business, industry and agriculture.

Leadership development is also an integral part of the curriculum allowing the participants to assess their current leadership path and enhance their skills and leadership style. Please click to learn about the Academy Curriculum and Graduation Requirements.

Do I have to be nominated to apply to Ottumwa Leadership Academy?
While nominations definitely help a person with the process of applying, they are not required.

Do I have to live in Ottumwa?
You have to live and/or work in Wapello County.

Who is eligible to participate in Ottumwa Leadership Academy?
Anyone who lives or works in Wapello County with a desire to further serve the community is eligible to apply for participation. Class size is limited and the selection of candidates is accomplished on a competitive basis.

What is the tuition for the program?
Tuition for the 2013-2014 academy is $500, but is subject to change in order to provide added value to the participants. Tuition may be paid by an employer/sponsor, individual or not-for-profit organization.

What does the price of tuition include?

  • Over 25 hours of leadership training over the course of 10 classes.
  • An enhanced understanding and appreciation of community strengths, needs, and prospects.
  • The opportunity to build solid relationships with other participants, board members, and alumni.
  • The opportunity to engage with numerous community leaders from Ottumwa/Wapello County schools, government, non-profits, health care entities and more.
  • The opportunity to make a real difference in Ottumwa and Wapello County via organized team projects.

How do I apply for the program?
Complete and submit an enrollment application (link) and follow the instructions provided on the application.

How is the Ottumwa Leadership Academy funded?
Funding is provided by participant tuition fees, contributions from corporations and organizations. It is subsidized by Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation as part of a 5-point strategic plan.