We currently do not have any dates scheduled for this course, but if you would like to be notified of future dates, please call us at (770) 229-3477.

The Management Development Program is a nationally recognized program consisting of a three-course series revolving around identifying and developing the core leadership and management skills of local government managers. The program curriculum is geared forward local government managers, department managers, supervisors, and non-supervisors who have the potential to rise in their organization as they plan for next generation of managers and leaders.

Certification: For each course completed, certificates are awarded to participants who meet the attendance standard and complete all the required work. Participants who successfully complete all three courses receive the Certificate of Local Government Management awarded by the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. The continuing education credits earned. in this program can be applied toward certain other local government certification programs. All instructors are P.O.S.T. and G.TS.T.C. certified (as a note to police and fire personnel managers and leaders).

Savings to Local Governments: The required projects throughout this program ultimately save local governments much more than their investment incurred in sending personnel to in this training.

Management Development Program: Core Leadership Skills Part 1 - Course 1

Core Leadership Skills Part 1 follows a 8-day format (42 classroom contact hours plus one personal coaching session and assigned outside reading) over a two-month time period.

Our course content emphasizes the development of self-awareness and personal improvement by focusing on interpersonal skills. Theory looks at leadership, communication (including listening), individual differences, and values.

Topics Include: Critical Role of Management Skills; Developing Self-Awareness; Managing Personal Stress; Solving Problems Analytically and Creatively; and Coaching, Counseling and Supportive Communication

Your skill development focuses on personality preferences, supportive communication, problem solving, coaching and counseling, and goal setting. Leadership skills will be enhanced through increased self-awareness.

Project component involves the development of a comprehensive Personal Improvement Plan.

Registration fee: $600

Number of sessions: 8; Date TBA, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM 
Location: Stuckey Conference Center, Room 202
Instructor: Catherine Bennett and Jan Smid 
Class Size: 20-25

Download a registration form (pdf). Complete the form and fax back to us at (770) 233-6180. You may also register over the phone; call us at (770) 229-3477.

Management Development Program: Core Leadership Skills Part 2 - Course 2

Core Leadership Skills Part 2 follows a 8-day format (42 classroom contact hours plus one day of class project implementation and assigned outside reading) over a two-month time period.

Our course content focuses on an in-depth study of the theories and practice of group development and dynamics and the impact of different personality styles and needs on group behavior.

Topics Include: Power and Influence; Ethics; Motivation; Conflict; and Team and Group Dynamics.

Your skill development focuses on utilizing power effectively, empowering and delegating, managing conflict, and leading effective teams. Leadership skills will be further enhanced through increased understanding of group dynamics.

There is a Project component that involves the class working as a group to plan and implement acommunity improvement project. This activity should demonstrate skills learned in class. The class also discusses lessons learned from the project that can be applied to their organization.

Registration fee: $600
Number of sessions: 8; Date TBA, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 
Location: Stuckey Conference Center, Room 202
Instructor: Catherine Bennett and Jan Smid
Class size: 20-25

Download a registration form (pdf). Complete the form and fax back to us at (770) 233-6180. You may also register over the phone; call us at (770) 229-3477.

Management Development Program: Core Management Skills - Course 3

Core Management Skills follows a 9-day format (42 classroom contact hours plus two personal coaching sessions and assigned outside reading) over a four-month time period.

Our course content focuses on the core management skills related to process improvement.

Topics Include: Measuring Operational Performance; Problem Definition; Information Gathering; and Oral and Written Presentations.

Skill development focuses on conducting effective interviews, conducting needs assessments, preparing cost analyses, developing a process improvement plan, and effective public speaking.

Project component involves the development of a written proposal to introduce a positive measurable change in your organization. After receiving upper management approval, implementation of the project proceeds throughout the duration of the class. Project presentation and final written report are required for successful completion of the program. Management skills will be enhanced as participants undertake an organizational process improvement through the initiation, development, implementation, and presentation process.

Registration fee: $650
Number of sessions: 9; Dates TBA, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 
Location: Stuckey Conference Center, Room 202
Instructor: Catherine Bennett and Jan Smid
Class size: 20-25

Download a registration form (pdf). Complete the form and fax back to us at (770) 233-6180. You may also register over the phone; call us at (770) 229-3477.