The Center for Excellence in County Leadership (CEL) program is held annually at the CCAP office in Harrisburg. CEL is a two and a half-day intensive training focused on improving participants' communication, management and leadership skills. Those eligible to participate are CCAP's voting members, including county commissioners or council members, elected executives, chief clerks, county administrators and solicitors of Pennsylvania's 67 counties. Key county leaders and department heads may apply by including one written letter of support from their county commissioner/council member. Participation is available to one eligible person per county per year, with a maximum of 12 participants per year.
Deadline for applications: January 31, 2022
Congratulations 2021 Graduates
Front Row (l to r): Deb Baughman, Bedford County Commissioner; Scott Rastetter, Erie County Council Member; Loretta Spielvogel, Lawrence County Commissioner; Becky Ann Bartlett, Northampton County Deputy Director of Administration.
Back Row (l to r): Krista Gromalski, Pike County Communications Director; Colleen Dawson, Somerset County Commissioner; Elizabeth Arnold, Susquehanna County Commissioner; Josh Maxwell, Chester County Commissioner; Molly Mudd, Esq., Adams County Solicitor; Stacy Richards, Union County Commissioner; Michael Rivera, Berks County Commissioner.
Features in the Curriculum
Day One: Adapted and Natural Disc® Leadership Styles and the Platinum Rule; Five Stages of Rock Solid County Leadership; Leadership Behaviors; Developing Leaders; Take Back to Your County
Day Two: Leading Change, The Four Conversations: Daily Communication That Gets Results, Media Management, Crisis Communication
Day Three: Team Problem Solving and Decision Making (Group Activity)
The 2022 program will be held June 15 - 17 at the CCAP Office in Harrisburg.
2022 Center for Excellence in County Leadership Program Sponsors
Vendors are invited to participate as sponsors for the 2022 program - sponsorship opportunities (PDF) can be reviewed now. The sponsorship contract (PDF) must be received by October 1 to be included in promotional materials, or May 20 to be included in the on-site program.