Local Elected Leaders Academy (LELA)

About the Local Elected Leaders Academy
The Local Elected Leaders Academy, a partnership with the UNC School of Government, the N.C. Association of County Commissioners and the N.C. League of Municipalities, offers local elected officials the knowledge and skills needed to lead and govern their communities.

LELA helps the Association achieve its strategic goals, including "strengthen county leadership and board development" and "facilitate regional and intergovernmental collaboration."

LELA Recognition Program

County commissioners are recognized for their participation in both educational programs and service to the Association. The starting place for earning credits is the orientation program, Essentials of County Government. As commissioners continue their education and service, they earn credits toward recognition at 3 levels: Practitioner, Master and Mentor. The NCACC tracks credits and recognizes participation every year at the Annual Conference.

Scholarships for Elected Officials

LELA offers scholarships to elected county and municipal officials to attend School of Government-sponsored programs, workshops and courses. To apply for a scholarship, click on the course you wish to attend listed on the NCACC calendar. In the “Links” section, click on “for more information.” This will direct you to the School of Government webpage for more course information, registration instructions, and scholarship details.

For more information on credits, recognition and upcoming courses, visit the LELA FAQs page.