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2009.03.06 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Nebraska Certified Public Manager® Program Expands to Kearney

Omaha – Beginning this June, Nebraska professionals who work in government and nonprofit organizations can participate in the Nebraska Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program without driving to Omaha for classes.

The CPM Program will be offered at the University of Nebraska Kearney (UNK) this June.

With the addition of UNK, Nebraskans can choose to take the program in either Omaha or Kearney. Each year the Omaha classes begin in January and finish in December. The Kearney session will start in June and finish in May of the following year.

“We are delighted to be able to expand the CPM Program to Kearney,” said John Bartle, director of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) School of Public Administration. “We take seriously our statewide mission to provide public service education to the people of the state. We look forward to working with UNK’s distinguished Department of Political Science to make this important program more easily accessible to all Nebraskans.”

The Nebraska CPM Program is a nationally accredited comprehensive management development program. It provides participants with the skill-based knowledge necessary to improve themselves and their organizations. The program is funded and sponsored by the UNO School of Public Administration. Faculty in the program are drawn from UNO, UNK and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The Nebraska CPM Program offers a combination of online and on-campus courses, plus a major work-related project over one year. Participants can take up to three years to complete the program. The program is designed for ambitious professionals working in either government or non-profit organizations who are looking for the next logical step in their careers. There are no educational pre-requisites for the program.

Depending on the educational background of the participant, undergraduate or graduate level credit can be obtained upon successful completion of the program.

“We are pleased to join with UNO to make the CPM Program more accessible to public and nonprofit professionals in central and western Nebraska,” said Peter Longo, UNK professor of Political Science. “This program offers participants the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge that will help them and their organizations succeed.”

For information on the program, visit www.unomaha.edu/cpm/index.php or contact Jessica McVay at (402) 216-9432 or jkmcvay@unomaha.edu.

The application deadline for the first Kearney session is May 1.


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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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