Complete this form by August 30, 2019.

LEARN. GROW. ENERGIZE
Over the past 30 years, 1,000+ individuals have participated in this unique program and many have assumed leadership roles in Muskegon County on civic, community, nonprofit and governmental boards and commissions. A selection committee will review all applications, giving special attention to leadership potential from a diverse participant group. For additional information, contact Pat Shafer at the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce at 231-722-3751 or pshafer@muskegon.org.

  • Broaden your understanding of the community and its resources
  • Work more effectively as a leader in the community and in your organization
  • Network to expand your circle of personal and professional relationships
  • Inspire others in your community
WHAT:
The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce and Muskegon Community College have partnered to bring a diverse group of professionals together in a community awareness program committed to enhancing and connecting leaders from business, non-profit and government. Muskegon In Focus will provide numerous experiences that give a behind-the-scenes look at opportunities to “make a difference”.
WHY:
Service to community starts with understanding your “community as a system,” its strengths and weaknesses, its challenges and opportunities, as well as its past accomplishments in order to become more effective leaders who can impact its future.
WHEN:
Orientation on September 5, 2019. Classes begin on September 12 and continue every other Thursday until December 5. See the “Schedule at a Glance” for times and details.
WHO:
Applicants should have an interest in community involvement, a demonstrated commitment to the area and a desire to better understand what makes Muskegon a great place to live, work, play and learn.
WHERE:
All sessions will take place at unique and exciting locations along the Muskegon County Lakeshore.
SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE:
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 | 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Program Orientation
Meet at: The Block

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 | 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Understanding and Observing - The Past, Present and Vision for the Future
Building a sense of “community” in the class and a “walking tour” of downtown
Meet at: Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 | 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Community Sustainability
Includes a Muskegon Lake cruise on the research vessel, the W.G. Jackson
Meet at: Grand Valley State University Annis Water Resources Institute

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10 | 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
An “Up Close and Personal” Look at Your Community
Includes a narrated bus tour of Muskegon County, with visits to manufacturers and other places of interest
Meet at: Muskegon County Airport

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 | 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Education - The Pathway to Prosperity
Includes an area superintendent discussion on educational challenges and a student-led tour of the Muskegon Career Tech Center
Meet at: Muskegon Community College - Blue & Gold Room

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7 | 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Health and Human Services in the Community
Includes a tour of HealthWest and a visit to non-profits in the county
Meet at: HealthWest

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21 | 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Local Government Operations - Hands-on Non-profit Projects
Includes a tour of the jail and highlights of local government collaborations and innovations in public safety, criminal justice and the judicial system
Meet at: Muskegon County Building - County Commission Board Room

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5 | 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
“Launching“ Your Community Involvement - Supporting a Regional Perspective - Graduation
Includes meeting community “Agents of Change” and regional leaders
Meet at: Johnson Center / Beardsley Theater

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* 1. PERSONAL INFORMATION

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* 2. EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION

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* 3. EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION

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* 4. EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION

Preferred Mailing Address:

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* 5. EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION

Preferred Email Address:

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* 6. DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION
(This section is voluntary; however, the information will be helpful to ensure class diversity)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Please list your involvement in any professional organizations, business, and community board service and volunteerism:

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* 7. Involvement 1

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* 8. Involvement 2

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* 9. Involvement 3

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* 10. Involvement 4

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* 11. Involvement 5

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* 12. Involvement 6

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* 13. APPLICANT STATEMENT
Question #1 - What do you hope to gain by participating in Muskegon in Focus?

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* 14. Question #2 - In what ways do you expect your particular skills and experiences will contribute to our community?

COMMITMENT
Attendance at all program sessions is required to achieve the full value of the program. If you cannot adjust your schedule to accommodate full participation, please consider a future program.
TUITION
(apply early as class size is limited)
August 2, 2019 - “Early Bird” Applications and “Early Bird” Tuition Due (Early Bird Tuition $700)
August 30, 2019 - Applications Due
September 4, 2019 - Tuition Due (Tuition $800)
Checks should be made payable to the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and a portion may be eligible for a tax deduction under the Internal Revenue Code as a business expense. Cancellations made after the final tuition deadline WILL NOT BE REFUNDED. To assure the diversity of the program, financial assistance may be extended to qualified organizations which may not otherwise be able to participate. Requests for scholarship assistance will be considered ONLY on the basis of demonstrated need and class composition.

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* 15. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
I am requesting $________ in scholarship funds:

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* 16. Generally, scholarship requests far exceed what MIF can grant; so, help us determine your level of need by explaining the reason(s) for this request:

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* 17. Are you prepared to personally pay any portion of the tuition? If Yes, how much? Please explain:

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* 18. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
If selected, this employee will have my full support for the time required to participate in Muskegon in Focus, 2019:

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* 19. I will participate and devote the time required to complete Muskegon in Focus, 2019:

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