Better Government Through Education
This year, the MPA joined NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service to provide leadership training for public and non-profit agencies as part of the nationally accredited Certified Public Manager Program. The CPM program requires 56 three-hour classes plus various learning activities to comply with national standards.
The goal is to train public service managers in best practices and professional ethics, in order to produce responsive and professional organizations. As the CPM Consortium web site notes, “The quality and efficiency of management in government have a major impact on the lives of citizens and the orderly functioning of society. Systematic training programs are essential to maintain and improve the effectiveness and professionalism of government managers” (http://www.cpmconsortium.org/ ). There is a strong connection between professional and responsive public leadership, economic development, and democracy.
To date, the CPM Program has met these initial goals:
- Successfully solicited $16,500 in scholarship monies from New Mexico Mutual Casualty Company for participants.
- Established a core curriculum committee which is on the way to completing the curriculum.
- Held its first class in June at the New Mexico Association of Counties annual conference.
The CPM program begins in earnest in Fall 2008, with courses offered around the state.