The Wyoming Certified Public Manager’s program, offered through Laramie County Community College’s Workforce and Community Development office
, was approved for national accreditation at the 2010 National Public Manager Consortium board meeting held on October 17, 2010, in Oklahoma City. This distinguished accreditation is granted to only one entity in each state.
The accreditation announcement comes just as the 10 students in the inaugural CPM class at LCCC prepare for graduation.
The ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, in the State Museum Multipurpose Room.
The Certified Public Manager program is a nationally recognized, comprehensive training and development program for public sector managers at all levels of state and local government and non-profits. The CPM program aims to professionalize the practice of public and non-profit management, in much the same way that other professionals (such as CPAs) have organized themselves. The Wyoming Certified Public Manager’s program is a practical learning program that embraces the idea of transferring the skills and tools shared in the classroom to the workplace. LCCC’s program was developed and delivered by the Wyoming Certified Public Manager’s Advisory committee. This committee is made up of subject matter experts from city and state government and local non-profits.
Graduates of the first LCCC CPM class include: Julie Cook, Business Officer, Wyoming Department of Agriculture; Julie Huntley, Grants and Contracts Administrative Specialist, Department of State Parks & Cultural Resources; Adam Keizer, Goodwill Mentor Coordinator; Misty Malmborg, Principal Accountant, State of Wyoming Military Department; Valerie Owens, Auditing Manager, Wyoming Department of Audit, Mineral Audit Division; Veronica Pedersen, Program Manager, Laramie County Community College; Todd Thibodeau, Title Planning and Grant Manager, Department of State Parks & Cultural Resources; Darin J. Westby, Engineering Supervisor, Department of State Parks & Cultural Resources; Teri L. Wigert, Director, Innovative Connections & Support Division, Department of Education; and Jamie Vincent, Chief Technology Officer, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.