Public Manager Program to Graduate Largest Class Ever
by Dan Vicker, Center for Public Management
The Florida Certified Public Manager (CPM) program will be honoring its largest class of graduates ever this summer.
In four separate virtual ceremonies, the program will honor 590 graduates, bringing the total number of graduates in Florida to approximately 7,231 — more than any other state.
The CPM program is a nationally recognized leadership development program, currently delivered in 38 states. The purpose is to develop more effective public managers, thereby improving services to all Florida taxpayers.
There will be four separate CPM graduation ceremonies this summer, each a culmination of a three-day leadership conference. The North Florida region produced 134 graduates and the Polk and Orange county region produced 173 graduates earlier this summer.
The program in Tampa is slated to produce 148 graduates later this month, while the South Florida region is set to produce 135 graduates in September.
These 590 new graduates have completed a rigorous two-year program, including 31 days of classroom instruction, plus required projects and exams. More than 100 government agencies — including cities, counties, state, and constitutional offices —have participated in the Florida CPM program.
Florida has one of the most successful CPM programs in the country. It is administered by the Florida Center for Public Management at Florida State University, which is part of the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy.
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