Applications for Certified Public Manager program accepted until October 31

The Maryland Certified Public Manager program, now in its eighth year and available exclusively through the University of Baltimore’s Schaefer Center for Public Policy, has been redesigned to meet the changing demands of today’s marketplace. This nationally recognized leadership development program is intended for federal, state and local public-sector and nonprofit managers who seek to strengthen their applied skills to meet the complex challenges of the 21st century public management environment.

The new Maryland CPM program:

  • is offered in a series of 5 one-week immersion retreats focused on discussion and application;
  • has 32 percent fewer in-person sessions, which allows participants to complete more of the coursework online on their own schedule;
  • can be completed in nine months instead of the previously required 16 months;
  • features peer coaching for the capstone project.

“When you’re looking at leadership development to sustain and grow an organization you want people who are providing the insight, the how-to,” said Helen Holton, a consultant to the Schaefer Center. “Every organization needs leaders who are well trained.”

Michael Sanderson, Executive Director of the Maryland Association of Counties, agrees.

“Public agencies need to develop leadership and management from within,” Sanderson said. “The Certified Public Manager program gives county employees the critical skills they need to rise as leaders in government. It’s a good investment in their staff, their agency and their services.”

Graduates of the Maryland CPM program are eligible to join the National Academy of Certified Public Managers, which offers the opportunity to network with other public manager practitioners from across the country.

“County professionals are on the front lines of delivering results for our residents,” said Matt Chase, Executive Director of the National Association of Counties. “The Certified Public Manager program helps county employees sharpen their skills and achieve our collective goals. Investing in county employees is an investment in the future of our communities.”

Those Maryland CPM participants who seek to continue their education are eligible to receive a waiver of up to six credits upon full admission to the University of Baltimore’s Master of Public Administration program.

Participants for the next cohort are encouraged to apply before the October 31 deadline. The program cost is $6,500.

The Schaefer Center for Public Policy was established in 1985 with a mission to bring the University of Baltimore’s academic expertise to bear in addressing challenges faced by government and nonprofit organizations. The center offers program evaluation, policy analysis, opinion research, strategic planning, performance measurement, management consulting and management training services. Through the Schaefer Center, the University of Baltimore and its College of Public Affairs meet a central component of the University’s mission of applied research and public service to the Baltimore metropolitan area and to the state of Maryland.

The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the College of Public Affairs, the Merrick School of Business, the UB School of Law and the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences.

Source: University of Baltimore

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