Ada resident graduates from statewide leadership program

Dakota Cole, right, is presented a plaque for graduating from the Citizens Academy leadership program. Presenting the award is Steve Kime, Oklahoma Community Institute executive director.

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Ada resident and Chickasha Nation employee, Dakota Cole, recently graduated from the Citizens Academy leadership program. The graduation session was held at the Quartz Mountain Resort in Lone Wolf, Okla.

Citizens Academy is sponsored by the Oklahoma Community Institute. The program was founded eight years ago to be a hands-on learning experience that is designed to empower and equip the everyday citizen to initiate and enact positive change within their own community.

The program boasts of 200 graduates from over 77 communities in Oklahoma and took place from November to April 2011, with one session per month in a different community of the state. Each session focused on various topics relevant to community development, including: community leadership, effective community teams, community assessment and planning, economic development and tourism, community renewal and state government.

“Citizens Academy provided me with new ideas that I could bring back to my community. I got that and so much more from interaction with class members and community leaders in the different areas around the state,” Cole said.

 For more information about the Citizens Academy or the other programs offered by OCI, please contact Rachel Meinke at or (405)208-8883. 

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