Carnegie Mellon University

Community Leadership Course for Veterans

The Community Leadership Course for Veterans™ (CLCV™) is a nationally recognized program offered by Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. that aims to develop the potential of post-911 veterans for the benefit of the greater Pittsburgh region. The six month long course offers veterans an opportunity to learn more about the community and to better develop their leadership skills through meeting and interacting with local business and community leaders. The course meets bi-weekly and covers a broad range of topics that help participants grasp a better understanding of the local business landscape as well as to grow their local networks.

Cost: A nominal tuition fee of $300 is required after acceptance into the program. Tuition assistance/scholarships are available.

Application Process: CLCV™ applications are due in mid-February for the cohort that begins each May. Applications are reviewed by a selection committee during the months of March and April with accepted applicants being notified by mid-April. In addition to the application, at least two letters of recommendation are strongly recommended from individuals that are familiar with the applicant's abilities and skills. 


  • Welcome Orientation and Reception – An orientation/welcome reception is held to kick off the program.
  • Initial Retreat - A mandatory retreat is scheduled to take place soon after the welcome orientation and reception. The retreat is typically scheduled from Friday afternoon through Saturday. 
  • Sessions  – Participants meet 12 to 14 times (typically on Tuesday nights from 4:30-8:30 p.m.) from May through September. Participants are expected to attend all regularly scheduled sessions in their entirety and earn sufficient credits to graduate.
  • Community Impact Projects – Participants are required to participate in a Community Impact Project to give back to the local community and to help provide an additional learning experience. Project teams are also required to schedule and meet outside of other regularly scheduled sessions.