Foundations in County Government is the Kansas Association of Counties’ foundational leadership program. The program was previously known as Leadership Academy for County Commissioners. We have redesigned the program to broaden the scope to include all county employees, elected as well as appointed, at all levels and in any department.
Our focus is to introduce you to key topics that will enhance your performance in working with the public through better understanding of effective communication, working as a team member and personal development. Importantly, the leadership program is designed to be flexible and provide you with timely presentations and workshops that address current issues and concerns. Foundations in County Government overarching objective is to give you more tools to help you mobilize others to make progress on the challenges you face in your role in local government.
Working with the KAC Board’s Program Committee, we have redesigned the leadership program. The feedback was that there were too many requirements and we needed more flexibility in the program.
Foundations in County Government certificate of accomplishment requires completion one of the following:
--Complete all six (6) core classes as outlined below* and one (1) elective. That means you’ll take a total of seven (7) classes.
--Complete three core classes listed below* AND
--Four (4) elective classes
300 *Essentials of County Government. New Commissioner’s Orientation can substitute for Essentials of County Government.
301 Effective Meetings
203 Legal Aspects of Management
303 Ethical Considerations
304 Budgeting and Finance
305 Fundamentals of Leadership
All classes offered through the KAC Institute of Excellence can be applied toward Foundations in County Government and the Leadership in County Government programs. These courses are offered as part of the Roads Scholar programming as well as ad hoc sessions that address current issues.
If you previously participated in the KAC Leadership Academy and have not completed the program, all of your course work will apply toward the new leadership program Foundations in County Government. We will work with you to determine what classes you need for completion, so please contact us if you want to transfer your classes to the new program.