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Orientation August 17, 2017 (Thursday Evening)
Within a casual setting, each participant introduces a classmate as the first step in building a team. Interviews are conducted prior to the event and introductions are presented based on a prescribed outline.
Fall Retreat August 25-26, 2017 (Friday-Saturday)
During the retreat, leadership skills and building consensus training begins and the class starts the bonding process. Participants learn about leadership styles, traits, and techniques and discuss how they fit into the bigger picture of community problem-solving and decision-making. It is here that the foundation is laid for the development of a leadership pool of informed, involved, and committed citizens.
History/Cultural Diversity September 14, 2017
This is the first program day based on specific topics. Local historians, and those who have lived history, share historical information, pictures, and stories. A walking tour of downtown and a visit to the Allison-Deaver House are highlights of the day.
Environment & Natural Resources October 5, 2017
Participants visit several sites related to water, wastewater and waste, agriculture, and riparian restoration followed by group presentations and sharing to gain knowledge and appreciation for the natural resources of Transylvania County. The specific focus will be the ecosystem services provided and the threats, infrastructure, and practices to protect.
Government November 16, 2017
Government Day is structured to provide an overview of the day-to-day operations of governing in Brevard and Transylvania County, to introduce some key elected officials and government department heads, to better understand the differences between city and county governments, and to encourage citizen participation in the local governing process. The afternoon is a highly interactive learning exercise in which the functions of city government come to life.
Business, Industry, and Economic Development December 7, 2017 (alternate weather date Dec 14)
VISION participants will learn about the local economy and the future economic development of Transylvania County and how they can make a difference. Specific focus will be on learning how to actively support a diverse mixture of existing and new businesses in order to retain and create new jobs, increase the tax base, and promote an attractive community that is responsive, caring and sustainable. Participants will also hear about the specific economic development focus on medical device, outdoor recreational and nutraceutical/natural products and learn about the different local, regional and state economic development/business assistance organizations and how they assist existing businesses and help new businesses relocate to Transylvania County. They will gain an understanding of the impact tourism has on our economy and the efforts that are being made to sustain and enhance it.
Law Enforcement & Emergency Services January 4, 2018 (alternate weather date Jan 11)
This day will focus on educating the VISION class on the day-to-day operations of law enforcement and public safety entities in Transylvania County, including the Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management, Communications, Emergency Medical Services, and others. The day is highlighted by a tour of the Public Safety Facility and Detention Center. Everyone is sure to enjoy the Sheriff’s K-9 demonstration and Emergency Management’s presentation on what to do in a natural disaster (e.g. flood, blizzard, etc.).
Education February 1, 2018 (alternate weather date Feb 8)
The goal of Education Day is to expose VISION participants to a representative cross- section of the many educational opportunities and education providers in Transylvania County. Site visits raise participants’ awareness of the educational institutions/organizations and support that exist here and allows educators, administrators and students to share their perspectives.
Health Care & Human Services March 1, 2018
From the Department of Social Services, through a role-playing exercise that introduces participants to human service agencies and organizations, to Transylvania Regional Hospital, this program day is all about what is available to help support and care for the people of Transylvania County.
Arts April 12, 2018
VISION participants will receive a countywide overview of music, art, and theatre. From high school and college performance, to community art and its offerings, to for-profit galleries and businesses, participants will see, hear, and learn from students and professionals involved in the world of art in Transylvania County and beyond. A visit to TC Arts Council affords the opportunity to learn about community art programming for all ages; a visit to the Porter Center at Brevard College gives class members a chance to meet with students, faculty, and staff from the fine arts division; and a visit to the Brevard Music Center teaches them about the contributions of that institution both here in the county and across the country.
Outdoor Recreation May 3, 2018
Brevard/Transylvania has been recognized as National Geographic’s Top 50 of the World’s Last Great Places; Bike Magazine’s destination for the “Bible of Bike Tests” issue; Outside Magazine’s “Best Places to Raise Outdoor Kids;” Sierra Club’s “Clearest Blue Skies” in the US; Budget Travel’s “Coolest Small Towns” in America, and Native Eyewear’s “Locals-Only Project” winner!
Participants learn about why we to get this recognition. The 2014-15 class experienced this prototype program day by visiting Davidson River Campground and Cradle of Forestry, Davidson River Outfitters, Sycamore Cycles, Camp Keystone, Headwaters Outfitters, and Champion Park. We also learned about the opportunities available at Gorges State Park and the proposed Ecusta Trail.
Closing Retreat & Graduation Luncheon May 31, 2018
In addition to receiving the VISION diplomas, participants will apply consensus-building and planning skills by participating in a practical exercise and reflecting on the experience of the last 10 months and what VISION has meant to them.