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Enrollment for the Class of 2015 is now underway. Please see the Apply page for more information.

Who We Are

ALA is a leadership program for nonprofit, community action and government professionals. Originally conceived to service the Appalachian region of Ohio, ALA now provides services for the entire state.

ALA is structured to develop the leadership capabilities of its participants in order to assist with:

Capacity Building


Succession Planning

Staff Development

We center these efforts around workshops that use the talents of accomplished speakers. These speakers present topics that teach hard skills such as our Financial Management & Budgeting workshop and soft skills such as From Managing to Leading. These topics all fall within five Core Competencies. They are:






The information from these workshops is augmented by a final project.

Capstone Project

Each participant completes a capstone project agreed upon by the participant and their work supervisor. These projects are to allow the participant to make use of the skills they’re acquiring through ALA while bringing a needed component back to the organizations they work for.

Past projects have included:

  • One Night Without A Home – A homelessness awareness project
  • A Fiscal Procedures Manual
  • Website Development Project
  • Improving Self Esteem In Appalachian Children
  • Steps To Start A Federally Funded Health Center
  • Risk Management
  • Establishment Of A SOLACE Branch

And too many more to mention here


Class of 2006


ALA participants meet each month for a one-day or two-day workshop (depending on the topic) and a Local Learning Activity (LLA). The LLA occurs the evening before each workshop or, in the case of a two-day workshop, the first night.

Local Learning Activities

Workshops are held in a different county each month and the LLAs emphasize a unique aspect of the county and its impact to the community in an area such as history, economic development, natural resources, the arts or another asset to the area. The LLAs for the Class of 2014 included a presentation by the Director of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce on the impact of tourism and shale on the area, a demonstration of the dulcimer and autoharp by owners of Prussia Valley Dulcimer in Pike County and a visit to the John Gee Black Historical Center in Gallia County as well as other instructional activities throughout the state.


2014-2015 Schedule

Please see the Apply page for tuition and the most current schedule for the 2014-2015 program year. (Additions and changes will occur to the schedule as we move forward towards opening retreat in September.) A few of the topics to be covered and their presenters are:
Financial Management & Budgeting-State of Ohio Auditor Terry Edwards
Political Communication & Advocacy-Jeanne Wilson (Office of Sen. Sherrod Brown), Marty Sweterlitsch (Benesch Attorneys at Law), Karen Fabiano (Governor’s Office of Appalachia)
Human Resource Tools for Managers (Laws & Policies of Employment)-Michael McVey of ClearView Management
Program Evaluation-Rita Rizzo of Rizzo & Associates