By Joseph Pratt
Clinton Throckmorton is a Scioto County resident who operates out of Pike County as the energy, maintenance and housekeeping director for Pike County Community Action. He has worked his way up the chain and only became director recently. In effort to boost his skill set, Throckmorton attended the Appalachian Leadership Academy (ALA) and graduated Aug. 15.
Throckmorton spent a year traveling throughout the Appalachian region attending workshops on management and leadership topics. To complete the program, he presented a capstone project to demonstrate his newly honed skills.
“The program is eleven months out of the year, two days a month,” Throckmorton said. “We traveled to wherever our workshop was going to be and did a local learning activity. We also hard various workshops on budgeting, team building, conflict resolution and things like that.”
His capstone project was in conjunction with Tracy Mathews, also of Pike County Community Action. Their combined efforts produced the Pike County Community Service Fair. This event will be annual event to raise awareness and funds.
“The biggest thing for me was the difference between managing and leading,” Throckmorton answered, when asked what he took most from the program. “One of the people who led our workshop taught us that we manage programs and lead people. That was a big thing I took away from that. I’d like to think this will make me more efficient at my job.”
The Appalachian Leadership Academy is a program sponsored by the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD). Graduation marked the 15th class that has completed the program. ALA is based on developing the leadership skills of nonprofit professionals throughout the Appalachian region. COAD is a non-profit organization comprised of seventeen Community Action Agencies that serve a 30 county area.
Joseph Pratt can be reached at 740-353-3101, EXT 1932, or @JosephPratt03.