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2007.08.22 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO to Offer Certified Public Manager Program

Omaha - A unique training program designed for ambitious professionals working in government or non-profit organizations will be launched by the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) School of Public Administration in January.

The Nebraska Certified Public Manager® (CPM) program, a nationally recognized comprehensive management development certification, offers participants the skills-based knowledge necessary to improve themselves and their organizations. Through a combination of online and in-residence sessions over 12 months, professionals of all educational backgrounds gain the knowledge and skills they need to become stronger leaders, managers, and supervisors who better understand work processes and know how to encourage innovation and new approaches to problem solving.

“For a government employee, like a municipal clerk, a state employee, a supervisor at a nonprofit anywhere in Nebraska, or a member of the military or law enforcement, we believe the online component as well as the reasonable cost will be very attractive,” said John Bartle, director of the School of Public Administration.  “These are busy people, but people who know the value of continuing education focused on practical skills managers need.”

Terri Callahan, Director of the CPM program at the University of Kansas and mentor to the Nebraska program says that the informal benefits of the program extend beyond the dynamic training.

“Participants register for the CPM program to become skilled leaders and managers; what they get in addition are lifelong-networks, and skills that make them better spouses, parents and friends,” Callahan said. “Many of these professionals are hand-picked by their agencies because they have potential to be something even greater than what they are, and they establish networks with each other that they treasure for the rest of their careers.”

Participants in the UNO CPM program can be selected and sponsored by their agency or they can be self-sponsored. The year consists of an orientation, 14 courses and a major project. The cost of the program is $2,500 plus books.

The first CPM program was developed in 1979.  The National CPM Consortium now has 26 accredited member organizations. Designation as a Certified Public Manager® is a nationally recognized certification.   The Consortium welcomed UNO as an associate member earlier this year with sole authority to deliver the program in Nebraska.

"I am extremely impressed with the information UNO has shared about the future CPM program for Nebraska," said Charles Phelps, chair of the National CPM Consortium, speaking on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Consortium.  “I am pleased to officially welcome the University of Nebraska at Omaha as an associate member and look forward to working with them to build a strong program for Nebraska.”

“A program like this has statewide implications and will be looked to as a model,” said James B. Milliken, University of Nebraska president.  “We know well-trained managers will serve their organizations and communities better, and UNO’s program will provide practical information that will assist future participants for years and years to come.”   

For more information, visit www.unomaha.edu/cpm/ or call (402) 554-2625.

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