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Classified Leadership Academy


The Classified Leadership Academy (CLA) is a dynamic training and professional development program for permanent, classified employees. The purpose of CLA is to develop the skills and abilities of classified employees who have leadership and advancement potential. Participants gain essential core knowledge for leadership, practical tools for improving performance in the workplace, and opportunities for networking.

Participants commit to a one-year training program. Using a cohort-based approach, participants will attend regularly scheduled sessions that include instruction, self-assessments, individual and group exercises, hands-on activities, lectures, and videos. Presenters include experts from across the district, some of which may have been previous CLA participants themselves.

Successful applicants are expected to commit to attending every session in order to receive the final CLA Certificate of Successful Completion – a highly valued Los Rios achievement to include on resumes and applications for promotional positions. One missed session is allowed for unforeseen circumstances.

How to Apply

The application period for 2021-2022 is closed.


To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a permanent, classified employee
  • Have completed at least one year of regular service by August 21, 2021
  • Be interested in enhancing your skills for leadership and promotional opportunities
  • Submit a completed CLA application, letter of interest, and letter of recommendation/approval from your supervisor

Selection Criteria

Candidates are selected based on:

  • Application content
  • Past and present service at Los Rios
  • Potential for leadership


The 2021-2022 Classified Leadership Academy has been cancelled.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What if I miss more than one session?

CLA participants are allowed one absence for unforeseen circumstances.

If you miss more than one session, then you will not receive a CLA Certificate of Successful Completion until you make up your missed sessions. Missed sessions can be made up during the following year's academy.

Do I need supervisor approval to participate in CLA?

Yes, you need supervisor approval to participate in CLA.

If you are interested in applying for CLA, then communicate this interest to your supervisor as early as possible. You will need a letter of recommendation and approval from your supervisor to be considered for acceptance into CLA.

Can I participate in CLA if it takes place outside of my normal work hours?

Even if your work schedule doesn't align with CLA, you may still be able to participate.

If CLA takes place outside of your normal work hours, then discuss the possibility of adjusting your schedule to align with the CLA schedule with your supervisor.