Download The Rural Leadership Program Application

The Knox-Haskell Rural Leadership Program is an 8-month prestigious-leadership series 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) partner to bring this program to Knox and Haskell County.

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 is open to 15 people. Those participating will attend an action-packed, team building orientation session on September. 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 in Knox and Haskell County. The group takes a trip to Austin in February to meet with state officials. And, each group will launch a community project upon completion of the training.

The program cost is only $275 and is offset by the partnering organizations. This fee is typically paid by the employer and sometimes by individual. 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 DCOH or downloaded below. Application deadline is September 1st.

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