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Leadership Selma organizer Roseann Galvan, at right, leads a class through Downtown Selma for a tour of the community’s historic district. Participants who take part in the leadership class will learn about a variety of facets of local, state and federal governance.

SELMA – It’s been 22 years since Leadership Selma began and organizers say now is the time for residents and business leaders to consider who will enroll for the 23rd session.

“It is exciting to see how many people have taken the opportunity to go through this class,” coordinator Roseann Galvan said. “We have a number of people from the program who are in various nonprofit, elected and appointed positions in the area serving their communities as commissioners, city council members and board members.”

Leadership Selma gives participants an opportunity to learn about local government and leadership as it relates to Selma. The Selma District Chamber of Commerce sponsors the program.

Any citizen or business leaders who is interested in expanding their knowledge of Selma, or who wish to increase their involvement in the community, are encouraged to apply. There is a limit of 12 participants each year.

Participants are selected based on criteria such as their commitment to the city of Selma; interested in community involvement; whether they live, work or have interest in the city; ability to attend nine, all-day sessions from September through May; and have the endorsement of their employer, if applicable.

Those are interested must apply by 5 p.m. Sept. 4. The sessions will be once each month, starting on Sept. 10 through May 20, 2019. Tuition is $200 and includes the seminars, materials, meals and transportation. Some scholarships are available.

The sessions will cover Selma’s history, city government, health services, criminal justice, transportation, chamber, media, resources, agriculture, sanitation, water, business and commerce, education and federal/state/county government.

Each class session includes training on leadership, in addition to the targeted subjects of the day.

Past classes have taken on community projects such as creating the Selma Aware candidates’ forum, painting the Salazar Center, decorating an interview room for Fresno County Regional Center or tree planting/beautification projects.

For application information, contact the Selma District Chamber of Commerce at 891-3315.

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