Former Tyrone resident accepted into the RULE Leadership Program

Jackie Syktich of DuBois is one of 22 Commonwealth participants who are striving to enhance their leadership skills and improve their communities throughout enrollment in the Pennsylvania Rural Leadership (RULE) Program. RULE is dedicated to developing community leaders who have the skills and resources to meet the challenges of the changing communities of Pennsylvania.
Participants are admitted to the two-year leadership development course through an application and interview process. Those selected receive a fellowship valued at $15,000 to attend 10 study institutes that meet across Pennsylvania, New York, and in Washington, D.C. Syktich has recently completed the third study institute of the first year of the program. Year one will culminate with a four-day legislative session in Harrisburg, May 7-10. Graduation is planned for May, 2007, in State College.
J.D. Dunbar, Chief Executive Officer of RULE stated, “This RULE class, RULE XI, is unique since our 22 fellows represent 14 counties of the Commonwealth. This allows them to blend diverse occupations and backgrounds to optimize a learning environment full of new and challenging ideas. RULE fellows are propelled beyond their boundaries to explore others’ viewpoints.”
RULE is a partnership between the public and private sectors with funds from individual participants, sponsoring organizations, private and public contributions, the Pennsylvania State Legislature, the Department of Community and Economic Development and the Pennsylvania State University.
Jackie Syktich currently serves as the President of DuBois Business College, which has campuses in DuBois, Huntingdon and Oil City. She is active in the community and participates on several local boards, such as Bucktail Council Boy Scouts of America, Pentz Run Youth Services, DuBois Area School District Business and Industry Partnership and St. Mary’s Area School District Stakeholders Group.
She is a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators and belongs to the legislative affairs committee; she is a reviewer for schools through the Pennsylvania Department of Education Degree-granting division and she was appointed as a member of the Board for the Department of Education, State Board of Private Licensed Schools.
Jackie currently resides in DuBois with her husband, Paul, and their three children. Jackie is a graduate of Tyrone Area High School.