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Jan. 12, 2006
Contact: Charles Jones, KU Public Management Center, (785) 296-3156.

KU to offer public management course in southwest Kansas for first time in January

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas Public Management Center in Topeka will offer its yearlong Certified Public Manager program to state, local and federal workers in southwest Kansas starting Jan. 30. The monthly class sites will rotate among Liberal, Dodge City and Garden City locations to accommodate students from the entire area.

“In our ongoing efforts to serve as a resource for the entire state, the KU Public Management Center is excited to bring the Certified Public Manager program to the citizens of southwest Kansas,” said Charles Jones, director of the center.

The KU Certified Public Manager (CPM) credential is a nationally recognized emblem of management excellence and complies with the guidelines and standards established by the National Certified Public Manager Consortium, Jones said. Working with the center to offer the program are its partners, Mid-America Regional Council, League of Kansas Municipalities, Kansas Association of Counties and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Graduate School.

The Kansas Certified Public Manager program was established in 1993. Since that time more than 700 public managers have completed certification through the program. The yearlong course begins in January and concludes with a December graduation. Classes are held on consecutive Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays each month for a year, for a total of 288 contact hours.

The goals of the CPM program are to provide a foundation of knowledge and skills in management practices for managers at all levels in government; offer opportunities for professional and personal growth for public-sector employees; and foster effective management practices in government organizations.

The cost for the yearlong CPM program is $2,000 for state employees and $2,500 for local, federal and other employees. The lower cost for state employees reflects the substantial state support KU receives for its operations. The fee covers tuition, materials, a mid-year conference and the end-of-the-year graduation ceremony. Most commonly, agencies sponsor their employees’ participation. Sponsoring agencies are billed by the PMC in March.

Limited admissions to the CPM program are still available. Those interested should contact Beverly Vogel of the KU Public Management Center at (785) 296-2353 or bvogel@ku.edu.

For additional program details, visit http://www.kuce.org/pmc/cpm/index.shtml.

For additional information, contact Terri Widick, director of the CPM program at KU Public Management Center at (785) 296-2353 or twidick@ku.edu; Charles Jones, KU PMC director, (785) 291-3156 or cfjones@ku.edu; or Bill Ramsey, CPM graduate and superintendent of the Fort Dodge Soldiers’ Home, (620) 227-2121, ext. 152.

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