2013 WLA class applications are now closed. Thank you for your interest.
Each year CSG-WEST brings together a distinguished national faculty to offer the West’s premier training experience for Western state legislators in their first four years of service. The goals of the Western Legislative Academy (WLA) are to help newer legislators become more effective and to build stronger state legislative institutions. To that end a faculty of outstanding academics, corporate, military and public trainers work with a small class of lawmakers who come from each of our 13 Western states.
Members of the Academy are selected on the basis of their dedication to public service, desire to improve personal legislative effectiveness and commitment to the institution of the legislature.
The Western Legislative Academy (WLA), an annual three and a half-day intensive training program, is an opportunity for Western state legislators in their first four years of service to sharpen skills needed for effective lawmaking, building support for the legislature as an institution and giving legislators from different states the opportunity to learn from each other. The WLA reinforces CSG-WEST's mission to provide opportunities for Western state legislators to share good ideas across state borders.
The WLA is a scholarship program, and admission has become extremely competitive. The WLA typically receives over 90 applications for 39 slots. The CSG-WEST Executive Committee, composed of bipartisan Western state legislative leaders, annually selects class participants. Note: the WLA is a classroom experience, not a conference. WLA offers no events forspouses, guests or children.
The WLA maintains an impressive faculty that includes leading academic authorities on state legislatures, a USAF Ret. Lt. Col and Pentagon trainer as well as national experts in communications, leadership, time management, public decision making, ethics and negotiations.
The 14th WLA will be held November 13-16, 2013 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where the El Pomar Foundation generously donates the historic Penrose House and its meeting facilities as the campus.
WLA is highly ranked by those who participate and by the bipartisan legislative leaders of the West who support the Academy. Since its inception in 2000, the WLA has graduated 488 alumni from 13 Western states, who have exceeded our goals in making a difference in their legislatures. There are currently 259 WLA alumni still serving in Western state legislatures with many of them in chamber, caucus and committee leadership positions. Five of our 488 WLA alumni now serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and two in the U.S. Senate. Other alumni have gone on to state-wide elected offices and cabinet positions, further demonstrating the effectiveness of the Academy
For more information about the WLA program, please contact
Jennifer Schanze at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 916-553-4423.