UW Tacoma offers a series of courses designed specifically to help new and experienced leaders succeed in the workplace. Click on a category or a course title to read more about it.
Leadership Essentials (40 hours)
A great place to start if you have just been promoted into a leadership position or have been a supervisor/manager for a while and would like to explore and add some tools to your toolbox. This course provides an opportunity for leaders to work on and develop their own style while adding some techniques for staff development. This course meets the prerequisite for 40 hours of supervisory training required in the Certified Public Manager. Click on the course title below for a detailed description of this course.
"This course came along at exactly the right time. The combination of the instruction and the camaraderie with the other people in the class made a world of difference to me. I gained valuable perspective on some issues I was facing, as well as practical tools to help me keep a strong vision and not get lost "in the weeds" of the daily work. The week after the class concluded -- and the same day the cohort was gathering to celebrate -- I learned I had been promoted into a director position at my organization. This is the next-to-highest position one can earn. The leader of my organization and her deputy, who promoted me, said I earned the promotion after recognizing I needed leadership training, seeking it out on my own, and implementing what I learned. They said they saw a major difference in me, and a growth and new confidence. That's all due to this class. Thank you again for your advocacy for this course, and I hope there are others in a series like this."
Kathleen Cooper George, Leadership Essentials Winter 2018
Leadership Workshops (1 day)
Short. focused, one-topic workshops for those looking for new ideas. Click on a course title below to read more about it...
Certified Public Manager® Program (303 hours)
The University of Washington Tacoma Certified Public Manager® Program (CPM) is a nationally accredited, comprehensive leadership and management development program for public managers and supervisors from all government levels. Washington State joins the more than 37 other states who belong to the National CPM Consortium, which establishes the accreditation requirements. The Certified Public Manager® Program is designed to create thoughtful practitioners who apply practical managerial techniques to address public-sector challenges. This 303 hour program (includes 40 hours of prerequisite training, a 10-hour Leadership Development Project and a 50-hour Capstone Project) is designed to be completed in twelve months. This cohort will complete the requirements to become Lean Six Sigma Green Belts this year as part of the curriculum. Read more about this program...