Agencies across Kansas have long used educational programs through the KU PMC for staff development, and each of our programs is taught by quality instructors who enjoy delving into their fields of expertise with adult learners. That said, each program is unique in who will gain the most benefit from each course, and that's what we've outlined below.
Which program is right for you or your employees?
Kansas Certified Public Manager (CPM) is a nationally accredited program and certification for managers working in public sector organizations. CPM participants develop and strengthen their management skills through a competency based curriculum, learning to effectively lead staff and manage projects and programs. The program can be a bridge for staff with significant technical expertise to further their knowledge of current management practices. Participants come from a range of public service oriented agencies, including all levels of government, nonprofits, and universities. While some organizations send executive staff, in general CPM participants are mid-level managers and directors, seeking to strengthen their skills in managing themselves, their work, their staff, and their departments. CPM offers participants an opportunity to engage with those from a variety of organizations and roles as they work to enhance their management skills. CPM is a 300-contact hour program offered on a calendar-year basis.
Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA) is a program targeted to promising, non-managerial staff in public service organizations. Classes are designed to help participants prepare for positions of increasing responsibility while also improving their effectiveness in their current roles. The program is an opportunity for public agencies to recognize and encourage those individuals who have the potential to offer leadership at a variety of levels in their organizations in the coming years. ELA is a 96-contact hour program, with participants meeting ten times over four to five months in a spring or fall session.
The Law Enforcement Leadership Academy (LELA) has two education programs:
- LELA Command School is targeted to command staff in law enforcement, especially those who participate in leading the organization with a role in policy development and implementation. In general, we expect that Command School participants are in positions to influence decisions in the organization. The content provided on leadership and management skills and law-enforcement topics is designed to offer ideas and tools that will be of benefit to the participants and also to their agencies as participants lead conversations in how to consider use of the ideas and tools for their organizations more broadly. In some agencies the Command School may support succession planning, preparing command staff to compete for positions at the highest ranks, and participants come from law enforcement agencies across Kansas. LELA Command School graduates also earn the Certified Public Manager® (CPM) program national credential, so the program is 300-contact hours on a calendar-year basis.
- LELA Supervisor School is a one-week course designed for front-line supervisors to train them to supervise and provide direction to staff in the law enforcement context. The curriculum is based on the PMC’s award-winning supervisory leadership training program, with adapted and added content targeted toward the unique aspects of supervising law enforcement staff and the ways the individual’s role changes with promotion into supervisory responsibilities. Participants walk away with a much expanded toolbox of practical ideas and the knowledge to be successful in their roles as supervisors. It is a 40-hour course, offered two times per year.
Supervisory Leadership Training for the Public Workforce is a three-day course, which is practical, engaging, and relevant for new supervisors and experienced leaders seeking a quick refresher. Participants attend class with other supervisors working in a variety of public service organizations so they benefit from the variety of perspectives in class in addition to gaining new skills and ideas from the course materials. It is offered four times per year.
Other services we offer include training sessions customized for your needs, open enrollment workshops, consulting, strategic planning, etc. We'd be happy to partner with you and your agency to provide you with the best training to address your specific goals.