West Virginia State University Launches Certified Public Manager Program

Courtesy of West Virginia State University

The inaugural class of the new West Virginia State University (WVSU) Certified Public ManagerĀ® Program met for the first time today at the state capitol building.

The program is a professional development and training program for public employees within the state of West Virginia designed to provide practical public management training, which is relevant to public servants, regardless of their current level of educational attainment. WVSU is the exclusive provider of this program in West Virginia.

Program participants will meet once a month for the next 12 months to discuss a variety of topics, including Working in the Public Service, Effective Decision Making and Program and Policy Development.

ā€œThis program is a prime example of the ways that West Virginia State University is meeting the workforce needs of the state of West Virginia by providing a high quality, nationally-recognized and accredited program for public sector employees right here in the capitol city and across the state,ā€ said WVSU President Ericke Cage. ā€œI want to thank House Speaker Roger Hanshaw for his commitment to excellence in the administration of government and for his support of West Virginia State University.ā€

West Virginia State Universityā€™s Certified Public ManagerĀ® Program is an affiliate program of the National CPMĀ® Consortium and is designed to improve the quality and efficiency of government agencies by developing the effectiveness of its managers.

This is an intensive multi-part program in which participants learn about themselves, their organization, and how to lead and manage more effectively. Individuals completing the 300-hour program receive a CertifiedĀ  Public Manager Certificate from West Virginia State University and the National Certified Public Manager Consortium.

The National Certified Public ManagerĀ® Consortium (NCPMC) establishes and preserves standards for the Certified Public ManagerĀ® (CPM) designation, a nationally accredited, comprehensive management development program specifically designed to prepare managers for careers in federal, state, local government and in other organizations with a public purpose.

The WVSU Certified Public Manager Program is a part of the new West Virginia Center for Public Leadership which was recently announced by the university. Huntington Bank provided funding for the creation of the new center.