Q: I’m concerned about how C-Change will work with my job and all the other things I have going on in my life. What kind of time commitment is it?
A: Your C-Change class will meet once a month over the year-long program (January-December). We’ll start with a kick-off reception, followed by an overnight session at Camp Joy. After these initial events, sessions will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. once per month with the exception of August, when there is not a monthly session.
At the heart of C-Change is a class project designed around a key community need. Your group will work on this project outside of the regular meetings at times designated by your group.
We designed the program with the needs of busy young professionals in mind and have found past participants were able to balance their time commitments.
Q: How much does C-Change cost?
A: C-Change tuition is $3,300 for Chamber members and $4,300 for Non-members. This fee covers the full year-long program, including all meals, snacks and supplies, in addition to the content.
Q: Do I have to pay the full tuition when I submit my application?
A: No. You only need to pay a $50 application fee when you submit your application to cover administrative costs. If you are accepted into the C-Change program, the full $3,300 will be billed to you according to the payment option you selected on your application.
Q: I don’t have $3,300. Should I still apply?
A: Yes! A limited number of grants are available based on financial need. However, C-Change is a professional development program and may be covered under your employer’s tuition reimbursement program or other training or development funds from your employer. Check with your manager or HR department to find out your company’s policies.
Q: If my boss wants to know why my company should pay the fee for C-Change, what should I tell him or her?
A: C-Change will provide you with the leadership skills your company is looking for in its young leaders. Explain that the project you’ll work on offers valuable experiences in building consensus with a team, motivating team members, project management skills, creative problem solving and many other favorable leadership traits.
By supporting C-Change, your company will demonstrate that it’s supportive, progressive and forward-thinking, helping attract even more young professionals like you to your organization and our region.
Q: How will I know you got my application and fee?
A: You’ll get an e-mail confirmation from the Chamber as soon as we receive all of your completed online application.
Q: I’ve heard this isn’t a typical leadership program. What does that mean?
A: C-Change is unique because it offers both skill and leadership development and access to community leaders along with interesting activities. The curriculum focuses on professional development and community awareness with session topics that span relationships, diversity, communication and more. Since they are aimed at young professionals, these traditional topics are presented in non-traditional ways. Expect sessions to be fun, interactive and challenging. (In other words, you’ll work hard, but you’ll play hard, too.)
Q: How do I apply for C-Change?
A: The program requires an online application, which includes long-form questions. You will also need to provide a reference, headshot and application fee. For instructions, reference the How to Apply page.
Q: How will participants be selected for the program?
A: Applications are reviewed by a selection committee who will consider a number of criteria when selecting participants. They’ll be paying careful attention to your long-form answers, so the information you supply on your application is very important. And since one of the key requirements of the program is diversity, they’ll also be looking for participants from different ethnicities, cultures, backgrounds, parts of the region and job types to provide the richest experience possible for participants.
Q: If I’m selected for C-Change, do I really have to attend every session?
A: Yes. Being accepted for C-Change is like signing a contract, and both sides have obligations. You’ve agreed to contribute your presence, ideas and energy, and we’ve agreed to challenge you and expose you to new ideas. Plus, you owe it to your employer (who is likely footing the bill) and your fellow classmates to get the most out of the experience as you can.