NICEVILLE — Area residents and business persons interested in learning leadership skills and legislative networking may sign up for a nine-month course at the Costa Leadership Institute in Niceville.

Leadership Okaloosa is designed to enhance leadership skills and provide community awareness.

Participants receive classroom training by certified instructors and are given opportunities to interact with various key community leaders throughout the process.

Benefits include:

●Learning leadership training and development

●Networking with others in the community

●Be equipped and motivated to assume leadership roles in the community

●Interact with community leaders

●Develop an awareness of the region and its needs

●Awareness of the legislative process

●An overnight trip to Tallahassee

Students will tour key areas such as Destin, Crestview, Niceville, Valparaiso, Fort Walton Beach, Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field. The Legislative Days in Tallahassee provide participants with a better understanding of the community.

Additionally, each participant takes part in a group project to benefit the community while focusing on project management, time management and team building skills.

Leadership Okaloosa is hosted by the Northwest Florida State College Costa Leadership Institute with the support of the Crestview Area, Destin Area, Greater Fort Walton Beach and Niceville Valparaiso Chambers of Commerce.

Applications are available at http://bit.ly/2c2BSuX. Email them to Jamie Moncure, Costa Leadership coordinator, moncurej@nwfsc.edu. Contact her for details at 729-5253.