Two Great Leadership And Learning Opportunities In Folsom

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Hey Folks -There are two great opportunities to learn, grow and lead coming up here in Folsom.

First, the Folsom Citizen’s Academy.

The Citizen’s Academy is an educational program designed to create a greater understanding and trust between public safety agencies and the residents of Folsom. The Academy is also a required basic training program for the CAPS (Citizens Assisting Public Safety) Volunteer Program. Guest agencies also participate in the academy to provide information on their services.

The Folsom Police Department covers topics such as Use of Force, CSI, Identity Theft, 9-1-1 reporting, Traffic Safety, SWAT, Narcotics, Domestic Violence and K-9 and Mounted Demonstrations. The Folsom Fire Department teaches on Emergency Services. Topic such as Code Enforcement, Animal Control, Water Management, and Park and Recreation are taught by other City agencies.

The Citizen’s Academy is held annually, so take advantage of this opportunity! The academy is open only to Folsom residents, 21 years and older.

Classes begin March 11 2015, and are held for 11 consecutive weeks on Wednesday evenings at 6:00PM. Applications are required and class size is limited. Beginning Tuesday, January 20, 2015, applications will be available at the Folsom Police Department, 46 Natoma Street and Fire Station 35, 535 Glenn Drive and also on line on the City Website:…blic_safety.asp

You may download the application, however, you must bring your application to the Police Department in person with a photo ID. The final filing date is Friday, February 20, 2014. For further information, please check our website or call the Citizens Academy voice mail at (916)351-3409.

Also coming up is Leadership Folsom

Limited to only 25 participants, Leadership Folsom will connect you to key players in our community and develop the necessary skills to keep Folsom strong.

Leadership Folsom is designed to accomplish 4 key goals:

Develop the skills of participants to become effective leaders in business, organizational, community and personal life.
Explore your hometown.  Become familiar with local history and tour behind the scenes of Folsom to understand the key issues facing the community.
Create a network for leaders to interact with other classmates and establish personal contacts with local leaders in government and private industry.
Improve your community- Utilize your unique talents to make Folsom a better place to live by completing a class project.

Curriculum includes

Discover your strengths and how to adapt your style to lead your team
Chair a mock city council meeting
Tour the Old Folsom Prison and Folsom Auxiliary Spillway
Simulate the experience of running into a burning building when we explore the critical issues facing public safety
Hone key leadership skills like running effective meeting and expert negotiation
Complete a class project that improves the community

Leadership Folsom meets Friday mornings from 8:00-11:30 a.m. twice per month beginning in April  2015 (specific dates to be announced). Please check the calendar for extended sessions. More than one absence jeopardizes graduation from Leadership Folsom.

Tuition is $895  for 18 interactive sessions, including a 1 day kickoff retreat. A $100 deposit is required with application. *Note: No person should let tuition costs prohibit his or her application. Please contact the Folsom Chamber for payment plan and partial scholarship options.

Applications are due Friday, March 6, 2015 to

Download application here

Many of our city leaders; employees, elected officials and appointed commission members are graduates of one or both programs, as am I. I highly recommend them.

Steve Heard – Realtor, owner –