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    Creating a Positive and Civil Workplace: A Cultural Approach to Ending Workplace Harassment


In addition to the Certified Public ManagerĀ® Program and the Public Management Academy, The Centre offers a variety of other academies for public-sector professionals.

Enrollment / Registration

Current offerings with open-enrollment are shown on our Calendar of Events page. From there you will find links to Register for an upcoming event. To explore the possibilities of an in-house academy, please call The Centre at 619-354-5701, email inquiries@tcfoe.com or fill out our contact form.

Certified Public Manager© Program

The Certified Public Manager® Program is designed to prepare California's public leaders to lead organizations in complex, highly-charged political environments. In addition, the program provides public agencies with the means to meet their succession planning goals through the professional development of their managers. The 200-hour program is comprised of six 2-day modules over the course of a year. A unique element of the CPM program is the requirement for participants to complete a major work-related project under the guidance of a sponsor from their home organization.

Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate high levels of public service commitment, personal integrity and continuous learning
  • Effectively align resources and lead people to accomplish goals
  • Practice results-driven management
  • Lead agency processes to establish goals, measure and report on performance and outcomes, and act as effective change agents
  • Meet organizational goals through effective planning
  • Participate in a network of public leaders and managers as members of the American Academy of Certified Public Managers (AACPM)


Participants who complete the program will receive a credential recognized by the National Certified Public Manager® Consortium and receive 10 units of UCSD Extension credit.

Pre-Work: The Public Management Academy is a prerequisite to the CPM

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Public Management Academy

The Public Management Academy (also known as the Regional Management Academy), is a thought-provoking and challenging program which develops an esprit de corps among graduates and creates a critical mass of public leaders who look more deeply at their responsibilities from an organization-wide perspective. The academy is built on 18 competencies found to be critical for leaders to succeed in public organizations. It features robust learning modules, assessment instruments, application exercises, expert faculty and participant project teams. A sample of the topics include:

  • Leadership
  • Strategic Thinking and Strategic Agility
  • Power and Politics
  • High Performance Teams
  • Decision-Making
  • Ethics
  • Constructive Conflict
  • Effective Presentations
  • Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce

Pre-Work: Participants complete a 360 Competency Instrument (together with their supervisor, peers and direct reports) prior to the Academy, to assess the participant's current levels of performance on the 18 competencies around which this program is built.

The academy is 8 days and participants receive 6 units UCSD Extension credit.

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Executive Academy

A three day interactive leadership program for top-level executives. The content was developed from critical incident interviews with executives and a review of best practices in executive programs across the country. Sessions focus on:

  • Engagement skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Systems thinking
  • Visionary leadership
  • Building community partnerships
  • Orchestrating change
  • Values
  • Life planning
  • Dialogue practice on key public-sector issues
  • Well-known guest speakers who will discuss such topics as media strategies, competitive government, and technology
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The S.T.A.R.T. Program is intended for individuals who are about to, or who have recently become supervisors. This two-day program addresses:

  • What does it mean to be a supervisor?
  • How can you make a successful transition from individual contributor to being in charge of a unit, team or even department?
  • How should you deal with the most common practical issues new supervisors often face?
  • Participants will create a Transition Action Plan which contains two elements:
    • Specific actions the participant will take to ensure their transition is successful, and
    • What long-range skill development options should be researched and undertaken?
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Supervisors Academy

The Supervisors Academy is geared to first and second line supervisors and those who also lead front- line employees. This Academy is five to seven days, depending on the organization's needs. The sessions focus on the changing role of supervisors and on skill building in the areas of team development, performance management, coaching and counseling, conflict resolution and communication, and managing diversity.

The program is interactive, combining lecturettes and best practices models, group discussion, team activities, videos and critical thinking exercises.

An additional feature of our in-house Supervisors Academy is a series of presentations by in-house experts in the areas of budget and finance, human resources, support services, labor relations and topical organizational themes/issues.

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Professional Assistants Academy

This Academy was developed based on input from executive secretaries, administrative assistants, clerical assistants, and chief executives in several organizations. It has been successfully pilot-tested in a large and medium sized organization. The Academy varies in length depending on whether it is conducted regionally or in-house.

The curriculum includes presentations and group activities on the following topics: the changing role of the Office Professional; understanding interpersonal style differences; creating a positive image; service orientation; organizational savvy; characteristics of high performing teams; writing, proofing and editing lab; career management; communication skills; and negotiation and conflict resolution skills.

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Tailored In-House Academies

With the exception of the Certified Public Manager Program, most of the content presented in our academies is also offered as a stand-alone presentation or as part of a tailored in-house academy or series

Upon request, The Centre can put together a unique, in-house Academy for a client organization. The content will include core curricula from our other academies and specific organizational content unique to the client, such as presentations from in-house experts on budget, human resources, labor relations, and timely issues of importance to the organization.

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