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Scholarships offered for Zanesville Ohio Certified Public Manager Program

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (Feb. 27, 2007) -- As governments across the state face tight budgets and increased responsibilities, the Ohio Certified Public Manager (OCPM) Program continues to offer government organizations outstanding value for their training dollars and to give public managers the tools they need during times of change. 

This spring, the Voinovich Center for Leadership and Public Affairs will offer Rural Universities Program Public Service Scholarships to applicants from municipalities who are planning to attend the Zanesville site of the program that begins April 3.

The OCPM Program is a nationally accredited training program designed for municipal, township, county and state government managers who wish to increase their management skills.  The two-year, part-time program is geared to meet the needs of today's public manager with training workshops that focus on real, job-related issues. 

The Voinovich Center will grant scholarships to selected applicants.  These scholarships are made possible through funds from Ohio's Rural Universities Program (RUP).  The RUP seeks to enhance the quality of information and educational resources available to Ohio's local governments, nonprofits and development organizations.  Through the transfer of university technical expertise and applied research, the program primarily serves the needs of Ohio's rural and non-metropolitan local governments.  Ohio University is one of four universities in the RUP. 

Belle Cancellare, site manager for the southeastern region of the OCPM Program, said that scholarship applicants must meet certain eligibility requirements, such as holding a management position at the municipal, township or county level in one of the 29 Appalachian Ohio counties.  "The scholarship selection committee is looking for exceptional managers -- people who have been working in the public sector for several years and who have made serving the public their career, " Cancellare said.

"We are looking for people who want to improve their management skills through putting ideas and tools learned through this program to work in their agencies or organizations.  OCPM is all about applied learning.  Past recipients of the scholarship include Ironton Mayor John Elam, Athens County Children Services Program Supervisor Sheila Shafer and Lawrence County Sheriff Tim Sexton. 

The application deadline for scholarships is March 16 and classes begin in Zanesville April 3. 

Public managers already enrolled in the program at other locations give it high marks.  "The well-developed courses offered through the OCPM Program are relevant to my work as a manger," said Sheila Shafer.  "The program has resulted in personal and professional growth, improving my skill as an agency leader.  I especially enjoy the stimulating discussions with high-caliber managers and course instructors." 

Since 1981, the Voinovich Center for Leadership and Public Affairs has been making knowledge work for Ohio's communities.  Through applied research and technical assistance, the center improves the performance and efficiency of government and other organizations; examines public policy issues; provides information and technology services that increase regional competitiveness; and involves Ohio University students in important public service projects.

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Media Contact: Belle Cancellare, 740-593-9600 or cancella@ohio.edu

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