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Member Relations Corner: League education programs show commitment to developing municipal officials 

by Rob Shepherd, NCLM Manager of Member Relations and Education

The League and the University of North Carolina School of Government are excited to announce new educational opportunities for municipal officials.

Recently, the League and the School of Government partnered to provide a $5,000 scholarship to elected officials and employees of League members who are accepted into the School of Government’s new online Masters of Public Administration program, MPA@UNC. This is a new and exciting opportunity to earn a Masters of Public Administration online from the School of Government, which is one of the top-rated, accredited programs in the nation. The online program contains the same rigorous curriculum offered to on-campus students but does not require students to leave their jobs or relocate.

Through state-of-the-art technology, students are able to work face-to-face and collaboratively with other students and to receive instruction from the UNC School of Government faculty. The benefits of this program include the ability for students to participate in self-paced coursework developed by faculty and the flexibility to work from anywhere there is access to the internet. For more information on the MPA@UNC program call 1-855-UNC-4MPA or go to http://www.onlinempa.unc.edu.  Also be sure to read about Dustin Tripp, city of Raleigh employee and MPA@UNC student here.

Regional Leadershop

The 2015 Regional LeaderShops are another new educational opportunity. The LeaderShops are offered through the Local Elected Leaders Academy (LELA), which is a collaboration between the League, the County Commissioners Association and the UNC School of Government. Every year the staff of the LELA program strives to bring timely and relevant training opportunities to local elected leaders and senior management. This year’s Regional LeaderShop is titled "Managing Conflict: How to Disagree and Still Work Together". As we all know, conflict is inevitable. And often times, decisions have long term and serious consequences. And, it’s extremely important that all sides of an issue are heard. This workshop will help elected officials and managers learn how to become more effective in encouraging difficult conversations, respectfully disagreeing, and continuing working together. These workshops are being offered to veteran elected officials and to municipal managers.

The Regional Leadershops are being offered across the state in January and February. For additional information, visit www.sog.unc.edu/Node/1354. Information can also be found on the Events Calendar.