• Public Works Leadership Academy

    The Minnesota Public Works Association Leadership Academy program provides the practical knowledge, tools, and skills public works professionals need to manage effectively and meet the complex policy and fiscal challenges they face. The program will cover topics ranging from personnel management to technical skills to understanding financial relationships among federal, state, and local governments.

    The Minnesota Public Works Association Leadership Academy program is targeted at current and emerging leaders in the field of public works. This program will increase your effectiveness as a public works manager and prepare you to be a leader in the industry.

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    Certificate Topics

    The Minnesota Public Works Association Leadership Academy program consists of twelve core module topics recommended by the American Public Works Association (APWA). Some of the topics to be covered include:

    • Public Works: Foundations and the Future
    • Essential Human Resource Management
    • Labor Relations and Authority Issues
    • Financial Management of Public Works
    • Conflict Studies and Resolution Strategies
    • Citizen Participation
    • Organization Change
    • Communication and Media Relations
    • Intergovernmental Relations
    • The Ethical Public Works Leader
    • Best Practices of a Public Works Leader

    Program at a Glance

    All students must complete ninety hours of training in seven monthly sessions over an eight-month period. The program is deliberately scheduled to span two calendar years so the cost of certification can be spread over two budget cycles. Students who complete the Leadership Academy coursework receive certification from the American Public Works Association, a certificate from the Hamline University School of Business Public Administration program and 8 Continuing Studies credits.

    Cost for the course is $2800.

    Time Requirements

    Students must complete 90 hours of training in seven monthly sessions over an eight-month period. Thursday classes are from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday classes are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Continental breakfast and lunch are included.

    Classes meet on the following dates for the 2015-16 certificate:

    Session 1: Thursday, September 10 and Friday, September 11
    Session 2: Thursday, October 8 and Friday, October 9
    Session 3: Thursday, November 12 and Friday, November 13
    Session 4: Thursday, January 14 and Friday, January 15
    Session 5: Thursday, February 11 and Friday, February 12
    Session 6: Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11
    Session 7: Thursday, April 14 and Friday, April 15

    Degree Candidacy

    All participants are eligible to earn the certificate and Continuing Studies credits regardless of prior academic experience. Eligible students who wish to earn master's level elective credits toward the Master of Arts in Public Administration at Hamline University must meet the requirements for admission to the Hamline School of Business and complete additional academic work in the class.

    About The Instructor

    Wally Wysopal is a professional local government manager with more than 26 years experience; he is currently serving as administrator for the City of Fridley. Wally is the former Chair of the Board of Government Training Services and is Chair of the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency and Chair of the Metropolitan Area Manager's Association Labor Relations Committee. He earned a Certificate of Advanced Public Administration from Hamline University, a Master of Arts in Public Administration degree from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. He teaches Public Sector HR Management, Labor Relations and Local Government Management courses.