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Every year a group of 50 diverse participants are selected for Leadership South Carolina's nine-month core program (September to April).

Participants are selected through a Nomination and Application process which are accepted year-round. On average 250 nominations annually are submitted with about 200 applications comprising the pool of possible class participants. 

Participants are chosen based on: geographic area, ethnicity, age, gender, employment sector and community volunteerism. Leadership South Carolina recognizes that diverse views enrich class participant's perspectives.

The core program consists of six three-day sessions in different locations of the state. Each session is uniquely designed to focus on a challenge facing South Carolina and the South. Sessions are:

  • Orientation  --  a baseline for personal leadership and historical perspectives;
  • Natural Resources and Environment -- the changing South, energy and water usage, marsh degradation;
  • Public Education  -- K-12 education, funding, public educators, superintendents and graduation rates;
  • Social Issues and Health  -- an in-depth look at poverty, health care reform and social change;
  • The Economy -- job recruitment, rural development and workforce development;
  • Future Challenges -- how to stay in-tune and involved in public service.