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2009.06.16 > 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 in October, Nebraska professionals who work in government and nonprofit organizations can participate in the Nebraska Certified Public Manager ® (CPM) Program without driving to the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). Students will be able to take CPM courses at the University of Nebraska Kearney (UNK).

With the addition of UNK, Nebraskans can choose to take the program in Omaha or Kearney. Each year the Omaha cohort begins classes in January and finishes in December. The Kearney cohort will start in October and finish in September of the following year.

“We are delighted to expand to Kearney for the second year of the program,” said John Bartle, director of the UNO School of Public Administration. “We look forward to working with UNK’s Department of Political Science to provide access to this program for 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 program offers a combination of online and on-campus courses plus a major project over one year. Participants can take up to three years to complete the program. The program is designed for ambitious professionals working in government or nonprofit organizations 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 with successful completion of the program.

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

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

The application deadline for the first Kearney cohort is Aug. 31

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