Leadership Academy

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Leadership Academy is the first program in Stanislaus County to bring youth, private organizations and the general public together to explore leadership and local career opportunities in innovative ways. Hundreds of high school juniors and seniors have completed Leadership Academy since its inception and have demonstrated a potential for leadership and a desire to invest in our local community. Upon completion, Leadership Academy graduates receive a scholarship that can be applied to such education expenses as college application and SAT fees, books, materials and more. Leadership Academy is supported entirely by donations and in-kind services from such community leaders as Storer Transportation, Acme Construction, E&J Gallo Winery, Mocse Credit Union, Valley Lexus, Mary Stuart Rogers Foundation, Mid-Valley Promotions, North Modesto Kiwanis Club, Savemart C. A. R. E. S. and many more!



Now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 class!

Visit https://la.stancoe.org/ for application instructions and interview information.

Applications and all necessary documents must be submitted by 5:00 PM on April 3, 2020.​

Deadline extended until May 1st, 2020.

Leadership Academy Brochure

Click here to view the full program brochure!

Leadership Academy Alumni: Where Are They Now?

Leadership Academy Alumni Jessica Due

  • Name: Jessica Due
  • Leadership Academy Class: 2003-2004
  • Colleges Attended: University of the Pacific, Majored in Theatre Arts​
  • Where I am now: In 2017, thirteen years after I graduated high school and the Leadership Academy, I began employment at the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE). It meant a lot for me to gain employment at SCOE. I remember the adventures I had with fellow students in the Leadership Academy, but I also remember the employees of SCOE that we worked with and how I thought it seemed like a really great place to work. For most people, life doesn’t turn out the way they thought it would and you start to question your goals and where you’re supposed to be/what you’re supposed to be doing. My journey has certainly been long and winding, but I finally feel “at home” at SCOE. It’s really great to know my first instincts were correct about a great place to work. In addition to working for a wonderful organization, I love to spend time with family and friends and I love to travel. I have traveled to fourteen different countries and I plan to keep traveling and exploring the world as long as possible.
Leadership Academy Alumni: If you would like to be highlighted please contact Sandy Montgomery at smontgomery [ahtsym] stancoe [dhotsym] org or (209) 238-1369.  


Save Mart C.A.R.E.S. Donated $5,000.00 to Leadership Academy!

Photo of presentation of Save Mart check to SCOE staff

Thank you for your generosity Save Mart C.A.R.E.S.! 

Pictured: Victoria Castro, Public Affairs Manager at The Save Mart Companies | Erikka Perry, Youth Programs Coordinator at the Stanislaus County Office of Education  | Jeff Albritton, Assistant Superintendent at the Stanislaus County Office of Education  | Vicki Bauman, Director III at the Stanislaus County Office of Education

Thank You to Our Community Partners!

This program would not be possible without the local businesses, organizations and community leaders who invest a great deal of time, energy and resources into hosting or presenting to our students for each of our classes:

Every Monday Matters | Howard Training Center | Salvation Army Community Hospice Modesto Police Department Modesto Fire Department Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department Stanislaus County Office of Education's Special Education Division Davis High School Modesto Junior College Stanislaus County Office of Education's Foothill Horizons Pacific Southwest Container E & J Gallo The Modesto Bee Stanislaus Magazine Never Boring Final Cut Media | Roman Scanlon | Stanislaus County Office of Education's Educational Technology Center Stanislaus County Office of Education's Communications Department Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office Modesto Gospel Mission City of Modesto Memorial Medical Center Doctor's Medical Center Duarte Nursery Beckwith Veterinary Hospital Hilmar Cheese



Leadership Academy Steering Committee

The Leadership Academy Steering Committee meets quarterly to discuss, review, evaluate and direct the program to have continued success. Steering Committee members also take part our Meet and Greet, Interviews and Commencement Ceremony.

Vicki Bauman, Director III at Stanislaus County Office of Education | Celeste Ayers, Corporate Workforce Planning & Learning Programs Manager at E&J Gallo | Keith Boggs, Assistant Executive Officer at Stanislaus County | Donna David, Marketing Manager at Mocse Credit Union | Lt. Tori Hughes, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office | Erikka Perry, Youth Programs Coordinator at Stanislaus County Office of Education | Kathy Salvatore, Regional Sales Manager at Comcast Business | Jennifer Zellet, Vice President of Instructions at Modesto Junior College

Contact Us

1100 H Street
Modesto, CA 95354

Key Contacts

Vicki Bauman

Director III

Erikka Perry

Youth Programs Coordinator

Sandy Montgomery

Event Planning Specialist