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State employees offer solutions to critical Alabama issues

The 2010 graduates of AUM's Certified Public Managers program pose on the steps of the state capitol following their presentations. Photo taken by Buffy Lockette, AUM Office of University Relations. The 2010 graduates of AUM's Certified Public Managers program pose on the steps of the state capitol following their presentations. Photo taken by Buffy Lockette, AUM Office of University Relations.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Managers of state agencies offered solutions to some of Alabama's most challenging issues at the 2010 Solutions Alabama program in the auditorium of the Alabama Capitol.

Hosted by Auburn University at Montgomery's Alabama Training Institute, the program highlighted students in AUM's Certified Public Manager (CPM) program and how they approach critical issues impacting the state.  

Composed of state employees from across Alabama, CPM students have spent the past year working to find solutions to critical issues identified by state leaders as having the potential to hinder the state's progress or adversely impact its citizens. 

"The students in the CPM program represent some of state government's top experts in their fields," said Leslie Meadows, program director. "The Solutions Alabama project has allowed these managers to demonstrate their knowledge, apply their expertise in unique ways and uncover findings that have a significant impact on our state." 

The presentations explored four key areas:  

  • Alabama's high school dropout rate 
     
  • Unemployment tax rates
     
  • Service delivery at the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences
     
  • Analysis of the driver's license division of the Alabama Department of Public Safety 

The nationally accredited CPM program at the Alabama Training Institute has provided comprehensive management training to hundreds of leaders across Alabama for more than 20 years. Dynamic and engaging, the program seeks to develop and enhance the skills of managers in Alabama – inspiring new ways of thinking and innovative approaches to problem solving.

Techniques learned in the CPM program can be utilized in any work environment and bring a renewed perspective to work units and agencies as a whole. The program is a helpful tool for government organizations, particularly during lean times, as managers are forced to rethink their approaches and pioneer methods that allow their agencies to save time, effort and money. 

The Alabama Training Institute at Auburn Montgomery designs customized training and professionally accredited programs for the public sector. Included in these service offerings are a variety of programs designed to meet the needs of executives and trainers working in government. Additionally, the institute manages conferences and events that help facilitate organizations' training needs.  

For more information, including the white papers from the CPM students' presentations, visit www.ati.aum.edu.  

INFORMATION SOURCE: Auburn University Montgomery

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