West Chester, PA – Select service-minded business and community partners will celebrate the graduation of Leadership Chester County (LCC) Class of 2015, on Wednesday, May 13th at Penn Oaks Golf Club. Leadership Chester County is an 8-month, 17-topic course which educates individuals in nonprofit governance, local social issues, and community leadership, then connects them with opportunities to serve on non-profit boards in need of their skills. LCC was developed in 2000 by community leaders who recognized that proactive and innovative board guidance with diverse expertise helps ensure high caliber community services for the long term. LCC Class of 2015 includes 28 talented Chester County individuals from a wide range of backgrounds including legal, business, healthcare, financial, IT, and marketing.

LCC is a program of the United Way of Chester County provided in partnership with Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry, and West Chester University.  LCC annually includes projects with local nonprofits where the students act as an engaged board would in addressing the issues. These interactive projects, along with expert-led academic sessions in nonprofit board governance, local social conditions and services, and leadership development, provide comprehensive preparation for community-based nonprofit leadership.

Half the LCC Class of 2015 worked closely with Coatesville Area Senior Center to develop strategies in marketing, program development and community collaboration to serve a new generation of consumers over the age of 60. The second half of the LCC class explored techniques to expand the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County’s education, prevention, and service scope to adults in the workplace. Project results will be presented to the boards of each of these organizations, bringing the diverse talents of the LCC class to guide the nonprofit forward.

“We’re very proud of this initiative,” adds United Way of Chester County CEO, Claudia Hellebush, “Over the longevity of the program, LCC has vested 345 trained leaders to more than 300 nonprofit endeavors, helping to secure a strong future for Chester County through high quality, effectively run social service organizations.”  More than 100 organizations, from large corporations to small businesses, nonprofits and government agencies have sponsored individuals through the program over its 14-year history, and several others have contributed expertise, facilities and services.

Applications are currently being accepted for the Class of 2016; online access is available at ww.leadershipchestercounty.org. For more information, please contact Mary Anne Feeley at 610-429-9400 or maryanne.feeley@unitedwaychestercounty.org