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April Wehrs, the president and CEO of the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce, has graduated from The Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Wehrs completed 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management, a news release from the organization said. In addition, participants can earn credit hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive or Certified Association Executive certifications.

Nearly 1,000 individuals attend the institute annually.

“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”

Since its inception in 1921, the program has been educating association, chamber and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates, the news release states.

Participants attend four week-long sessions at five different university locations throughout the country. Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance and membership, institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively, the release said.