Submitted by Project CENTRL

Project CENTRL, Arizona’s Center for Rural Leadership, isaccepting applications for Class 22.

Rural leaders, farmers, ranchers, and individuals working in businesses which serve agriculture or rural Arizona who want to improve leadership skills are encouraged to apply.

Project CENTRL is a premier leadership development program with nearly 600 graduates since the first class in 1983.

Alumni are active community leaders and dedicated volunteers who share a common vision of making rural Arizona and agriculture more healthy, vibrant, and sustainable.

The mission of Project CENTRL is to equip and empower leaders to meet the needs of rural Arizona.

A major change from CENTRL’s longstanding two-year program is a move to a one-year program starting with Class 22. The accelerated program has six, two-day seminars held every other month in Arizona and a final five-day seminar in Washington, D. C.

The first two seminars improve leadership and communication skills. The next three address diverse topics, emerging issues, and future challenges which face agriculture and rural Arizona. The final two seminars apply the knowledge and skills gained at the state and national Capitals.

Project CENTRL is a partnership between the non-profit Center for Rural Leadership and Arizona Cooperative Extension in the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The costs for participants are underwritten with donations from alumni, sponsors, and other organizations. Applicants must be at least 25 years of age by June 1, 2013 and a full-time resident of Arizona.

“Project CENTRL is all about cultivating leaders to be more responsive and effective in meeting the growing needs of rural Arizona,” said CENTRL Director and Class 3 graduate Everett Rhodes.

“The program is a life changing experience that is making a difference in agriculture and rural Arizona.”

Detailed program information and an application packet are available online at For additional information, contact the Project CENTRL office at (520) 316-0909.

Applications are dueMarch 1. Candidates are encouraged to submit applications early.