Friday, January 31, 2014

Registration Open for EXCEL Leadership Training Program in Howell County Kicks off Feb. 20

Contact: Dr. Amy Patillo, 4-H youth development specialist
Headquartered in Howell County
Tel: (417) 256-2391

WEST PLAINS, Mo. -- EXCEL 2014 is a program offered by University of Missouri Extension in Howell County that offers citizens an opportunity to develop personal and community leadership skills.

EXCEL kicks off on Feb. 20 with a “Get to Know EXCEL and Extension” session and a weekend retreat that will be held Feb. 28 to March 2.

Following the retreat will be six classroom sessions and two study tours within Howell County. The infrastructure and scope of business, industry, and community services will be reviewed in West Plains, Mt. View, and Willow Springs.

The regular class sessions will be held weekly from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the MU Extension Center in West Plains. There will be presentations and interactive discussions focusing on Ozarks Culture, Demographics and Economic Development, A Framework for Understanding Poverty, Agriculture Trends and Realities, Education Concerns, and Challenges and Opportunities.

Class participants will be challenged to develop action strategies to address issues identified in the sessions. Speakers for the course come from the University of Missouri, Missouri State University, state agencies, and local communities.

The EXCEL program (Experience in Community, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership), was initiated in 1991. Since then more than 300 Howell and Oregon county citizens have completed the class according to Dr. Amy Patillo, a 4-H youth development specialist with University of Missouri Extension and coordinator for EXCEL.

“Past participants who were new to the area report their EXCEL experience was a valuable way to learn about the area and to become acquainted with agencies, organizations and individuals. Those participants who were natives of the area said their experience gave them new perspectives on the county and communities, expanded their contact base and built friendships to enhance their lives professionally and personally,” said Patillo.

The West Plains Chamber of Commerce co-sponsors this event. Support also provided by West Plains Bank, Mountain View Schools, Willow Springs Schools, City of West Plains and the Chamber of Commerce in Mt. View.

Registration is now open for enrollment, and is due by Feb. 12. For further information about the course, or to request an enrollment form, contact the University of Missouri Extension Center in Howell County at 417-256-2391, or by e-mail:


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