LIMA — The 2018 class of Allen Lima Leadership graduated Wednesday night at the City Club in Lima.
The 32-member class learned all about the Lima community.
“They’ve gone through ten months of leadership training. They’ve gone through different aspects of our community from manufacturing to healthcare to economic development,” said Matt Childers, executive director of the ALL program, which is administered through the Lima Allen County Chamber of Commerce.
The start of the 2019 class was also heralded as members were introduced during the evening.
“I think it’s really important because what we want to do is create outcomes from these leadership programs that end up having a positive impact on the community, and that’s what this is really all about,” said Childers.
Abe Ambroza, CEO of Veterans Memorial Civic Center, was part of the 2018 class.
“When I started my position with the Civic Center I knew it was something that I wanted to be a part of. It lived up to its expectations as a great chance for me to network and get to know a lot of people that I would have probably not had the chance to do so and just a lot of great opportunities to see different things happening in our region,” said Ambroza.
Justin Long worked with his classmates on the 2018 class project.
“Me and my class, we identified a great need in our community about keeping young adults in our community and showing them the opportunities we have here in the workforce here in Lima and Allen County so what we wanted to do is wanted to create a website that folks would go to that would kind of help guide them in a direction and show them all the different opportunities that we have here in Lima and Allen County in different fields so they can go to our website which is allencountyopportunity.com. They can go on there and pull up different fields to be in and what the job entails, what the income ranges would be, the educational requirements and the job descriptions themselves,” said Long.
Childers was recently named the executive director of the ALL program and will help guide the 27-member class of 2019.
“It’s something I really feel is something that I think I can make a really positive contribution to our community at large,” said Childers.
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