Knox-Haskell Rural Leadership Program Opens Enrollment

The Knox-Haskell Rural Leadership Program is ramping up for its fourth year! This 8- month prestigious-leadership series will be packed with outstanding speakers, tours, workshops, networking and much more. The Knox County Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension Service and the Development Corporation of Haskell (DCOH) are sponsoring the Knox-Haskell Rural Leadership Program.


Each class will include curriculum elements such as communication, conflict management, dealing with difficult people/situations, diversity, leadership styles, customer service and team building to name just a few. In addition, there will be local tours of businesses, museums, and other places that make each county unique.

This class will also teach you the inter-workings of city, county and state

governments, school boards, economic development and more. These tours will help participants learn more about their community and the region.

The leadership series will be open to 15 people. Those participating will attend an action-packed, team building orientation session on September 15, 2017. Monthly sessions will be held on the first Friday of each month from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., starting October and going through April 2018 in Knox and Haskell County. The group will take a trip to Austin in February 2018. And, each group will launch a community project upon completion of the training in April.

The program costs $275 and may be paid by the employer or by individuals. Each participant will receive 4.8 CEUs from Vernon College. This fee includes all travel, food, a shirt, the overnight trip to Austin and all supplies. Applications are available to Knox County residents at the Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension Service office in the Knox County Courthouse or downloaded at For Haskell County residents, applications can be picked up at the Haskell County Courthouse at the DCOH office on the second floor or downloaded here.  Application deadline is September 1, 2017, but sooner is better because space is limited.

For more information call the DCOH at 940.864.3424 or Knox County at 940.459.2651.