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Jonathan Morris, director of custom courses for the Kansas Certified Public Manager Program, leads a class. The program, which enhances management skills, is offering new, discounted rates for KU staff.

KU's public managers program offering staff discount rates

The Kansas Certified Public Manager Program, a nationally accredited management program and certification offered through the Public Management Center, is offering a discount for KU staff members interested in taking the course. The program is part of the nationally ranked KU Department of Public Administration.

There is a substantial discount rate for KU staff of $1,800, which includes books and materials. The standard cost for the program is $2,200 for state managers and $2,700 for all other entities. The cost for the program is paid by the participant’s sponsoring department.

The curriculum is designed to enhance the skills of high-potential managers with focus on the competencies needed for dynamic leadership in public service. These core competencies include personal and organizational integrity, managing work, leading people, developing self, public service focus and change leadership. Nearly 1,200 managers from all levels of government and public-oriented organizations have earned the national Certified Public Manager designation from the Kansas program since its inception in 1993.

The program is a 300-hour course that combines in-class sessions and online assignments. The 2011 class will begin in January, and participants will spend two days per month in class with like-minded colleagues and peers who share goals of boosting career potential and expanding their knowledge of strong public management.

“I am inspired by the leaders that attend the CPM program,” said Terri Callahan, program manager. “Their passion, dedication and commitment to public service shines through in the way they manage, the programs they deliver and the people they serve.”

As part of the program, participants implement “capstone projects” in their work environments that often result in new innovative approaches, process improvements, revenue generation and/or cost savings for their agencies.

“The world of public service has become very dynamic in light of changing economic, demographic and social conditions. Managers face unprecedented challenges when it comes to defining and advancing the public good,” said Charles Jones, director of the Public Management Center. “CPM prepares students for these challenges by encouraging intellectual incisiveness, providing management frameworks, promoting renewed dedication to integrity and public service and through opportunities to network and gain self-confidence.”

For more information about the program and other professional development opportunities, visit or contact Terri Callahan at or (785) 296-2353.

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