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Youth Leadership Class Gets Up Close Look at Industry, Airport, and More

During its Economic Development session last week the Greater Vidalia Chamber’s Youth Leadership class toured different parts of the community that have helped improve the quality of life and income in the community.

At Trane Technologies, participants toured the manufacturing floor and learned about the job opportunities that are offered at the facility. Next, the group toured Southeastern Technical College where they learned how the college trains the workforce that area industries need.

A class favorite was the stop at the Vidalia Regional Airport where participants learned about the different businesses that use the airport and watched a take off and flight by pilot Derek Park, one of the co-chairs for the program. After lunch the participants toured the Vidalia Onion Museum and finished the day at the Chamber with the Toombs County Development Authority, learning how these organizations recruit visitors and businesses to the area.

The Leadership Development program for high school juniors and seniors is designed to develop leadership potential and to acquaint participants with community needs and resources through interaction with community leaders and decision-makers.

Applications for the program are available through each high school counselor. A selection committee reviews all applications and will select participants based on the contents. The program is held annually from September through February with graduation in March. Besides Economic Development, other sessions include Orientation, Agriculture, Professional Development (interview and leadership training), Healthcare and Community Service, and “Putting Your Best Foot Forward” (etiquette and interaction coaching). The program’s presenting sponsor is Southern Nuclear-Plant Hatch. Session sponsors are Chick-fil-A Vidalia, Bishop-Durden Insurance, and the Toombs County Development Authority.

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