Leadership Aiken County (LAC) is a program designed to identify, develop, and motivate new leadership for the Aiken County community.

Established in 1981, LAC seeks to develop a group of informed, committed, and qualified individuals capable of providing dynamic community leadership for Aiken County.

Program objectives are accomplished through a competitive selection process, intensive team-building activities, and exposure to local issues, regional resources, and various County leaders. Participants learn more about the critical issues of the community than many lifelong residents.

LAC offers an intensive and up-close look at various sectors/areas of the community, from the larger cities of North Augusta and Aiken to the rural towns and unincorporated areas. Participants in LAC have the opportunity to explore and analyze issues that impact their county, while focusing on fundamental leadership principles.

In addition to examining leadership roles in political, social and economic affairs, participants will get the chance to interact with a variety of community leaders. LAC guarantees increased understanding and change within each participant.

Leadership graduates join a growing network of alumni who are valued participants in the community and in the governmental activities that will determine the future of Aiken County.


  • Identify and select highly motivated community leaders to participate in the program.
  • Challenge participants to become aware of, to examine, and to respond to the societal and economic needs of our community.
  • Develop an esprit de corps among participants that will provide a common ground for working together on present and future community needs.
  • Create a dialogue and sense of teamwork between participants and other community leaders.


Applications for the Class of 2022-2023 are closed. Applications for the class of 2023-2024 will open later this year.

Junior Leadership Aiken County

The Junior Leadership Aiken County (JLAC) program began in 1995, as a way to reach out to and challenge members of Aiken’s future leaders.

Consisting of partnerships with both public and private schools throughout the county, JLAC consists of 20–25 10th graders who complete a shorter version of the LAC curriculum.

The program is also available to students who participate in home school. Session dates for JLAC coincide with the closed dates for the Aiken County Public School District.

The program kicks off with an opening reception, followed by a retreat/ropes course and three class sessions. The year concludes with a graduation ceremony.

Participants also work together to complete a class project, chosen by class members in close consultation with the class coordinators.

Applications for the class of 2023 are closed.

Email: info@leadershipaikencounty.com

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