Government & Public Administration

Tue
22
Jan

Rutgers’ Mini-MPA Gets Stamp of Approval From International Municipal Clerks Group

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Municipal clerks who earn a certificate in Rutgers’ Mini-Master in Public Administration (Mini-MPAtm), program can now receive continuing education credits from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC), the leading professional association serving the needs of municipal clerks and allied professionals in cities and towns worldwide.

The IILC joins the N.J. Division of Local Government Services in the Department of Community Affairs in awarding professional continuing education credits to public employees who complete the Mini-MPAtm, a 30-hour intensive program for individuals in the public, private or nonprofit sectors.  The IILC will award five Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) Experience points or five Master Municipal Clerk (MMC) Advanced Education points to those who successfully complete the program.

Fri
19
Oct

Executive Master’s in Public Administration Enrollment Open

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CAMDEN, N.J. – Rutgers’ Executive Master’s in Public Administration (EMPA) program, which offers online and in-class instruction in a convenient weekend schedule for working professionals, is accepting applications for the Spring 2013 semester. Classes are held on the Mount Laurel Campus of Burlington County College.

Established four years ago by the Department of Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers-Camden and the Center for Executive Leadership in Government (CELG), the 42-credit program is aimed at mid- to upper-level managers with five or more years of administrative or managerial experience in executive leadership positions in the public and nonprofit sectors. To date, 28 students are studying in, or have completed, the program as members of its first three cohorts.

Mon
21
Nov

New Jersey Municipal Leader Starts at Rutgers, Goes Worldwide

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Vincent Buttiglieri once only had a yearning to work in local government in New Jersey.

Now, he’s a worldwide leader among municipal clerks, having taken in 2016 the top post as president of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC)—a professional association with 9,500 members in the U.S., Canada, and 15 other countries.

So how did the clerk in Ocean Township in Monmouth County, N.J., become the quintessential clerk in the world?

Buttiglieri first needed credentials. So he turned to Rutgers.

Tue
11
Oct

From Mechanic to Management in Historic City

Frank Hoffman, Director of Public Works, Perth Amboy, N.J.

Perth Amboy operates the oldest city hall in continuous use in the U.S., and in front of it stands New Jersey’s second-oldest elm tree.

Frank Hoffman leads the 58 public employees who maintain that history for the city’s 50,000 residents — while keeping up 81 roadway miles, 16,000 sanitation truck stops, and 23 parks.

He once only dreamed about the job he holds. While experienced as a mechanic, Hoffman lacked credentials to join management. But he found them at the Center for Government Services, part of Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies, where in 2009 he completed the Certified Public Works Manager program.

“I wanted to make myself a better candidate for [public works management] jobs,” recalled Hoffman, who served in the Perth Amboy vehicle bays for 26 years. A Perth Amboy native, he noted, “I paid for everything myself. And I used my own time, and I had to take time off for some of the daytime courses.”

Wed
28
Sep

Bernards Township Partners with Rutgers to Offer Mini MPA™ Certificate

Bernards Township, N.J. offers Rutgers Mini-MPA program to municipal government employees

On-Site Program Boosts Leadership Development, Team Building, Succession Planning

Bernards Township (September 22, 2016) — Hundreds of New Jersey public officials travel to the Rutgers New Brunswick campus for management and certification training each year. Now, Rutgers is bringing the faculty to the students: 20 municipal government employees are pursuing professional education at their work site in Bernards Township in Somerset County.

Twenty municipal workers in Bernards began course work in spring 2015 for a customized Mini-Master of Public Administration™ (Mini-MPA) certificate program ​— delivered by the Center for Executive Leadership in Government (CELG), part of Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies.

Tue
24
May

New Jersey Data Book Expands Government Information Database

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Rutgers Center for Government Services reports historical voter data in run-up to presidential election primary and general elections

            NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The Rutgers Center for Government Services, a unit of the Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies, has expanded its New Jersey Data Book by adding new categories and years of public information about the state – all of it available as an online database free to the general public.

            The New Jersey Data Book (NJDatabook.rutgers.edu), published in print for 40 years, now is the most comprehensive online source of official, current statistics and information about the nation’s 11th-most populous state.

Tue
15
Mar

Husband & Wife, Both Municipal Leaders, Earn Executive MPA Degrees

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Then, One Returns to School to Become the Teacher

In 1999, Joe Monzo, then chief financial officer for Ewing Township, NJ, had more than 20 years experience in the public sector. Looking for an opportunity to advance his career, he considered pursuing a master’s degree — a suggestion made by the mayor of Ewing Township at that time.

“I chose the Rutgers Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) program because of the name and the convenient location in Mercer County,” says Monzo. He started the program a year later and graduated with his EMPA degree in 2001.

Wed
03
Feb

Rutgers Partners with Sustainable Jersey to Deliver New Certificate Program

Helps Public Managers Sharpen Skills in Public Communications

Reduced tuition rates for towns participating in Sustainable Jersey program

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Public and nonprofit leaders and managers can learn skills and strategies for communicating effectively with their constituents in a new Leadership Certificate series offered by the Rutgers Center for Executive Leadership in Government (CELG) in partnership with Sustainable Jersey starting March 1st.

“Strategic Public Communications for Public and Nonprofit Managers” is a four-part seminar program offered from 9:30 to 3:30 on March 1st and 8th on the Rutgers—New Brunswick campus. All sessions will be held at CELG’s classrooms at 303 George St.

Four topics critical to effective public communications will be covered:

Tue
11
Aug

New State-of-the-Art Hands-On Radon Training Facility Built This Summer at Rutgers

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For over 25 years, the Eastern Regional Radon Training Center (ERRTC) at Rutgers University has been providing training in radon measurement and mitigation to professionals throughout the country. To improve the learning experience for students, the ERRTC opened a brand-new, state-of-the-art training facility on the Cook Campus in summer 2015.

“Watching the new radon training facility being built from the ground up has been really interesting,” said Program Coordinator Pamela Springard-Mayer.

The new facility was used for the first time by students attending the July 15 Radon Mitigation class.

In the past, the hands-on portions of the Rutgers three-day Radon Mitigation Proficiency Course were taught at Rutgers' Environmental Health and Safety Building (affectionately known as "the slab") on the Livingston Campus in Piscataway.

Tue
11
Aug

The (Environmental) Science of Investigation: Interactive Forensics Training Helps Environmental Professionals Solve Petroleum Contamination Cases

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When a site is contaminated with petroleum products, there are many questions. How did it happen? When did it happen? And, most importantly, who is responsible for paying to clean it up?

This fall, Rutgers University's Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) will help professionals answer those questions in its completely revamped Environmental Forensics training course.

Designed for environmental consultants, attorneys, hazardous material emergency responders and professionals in related fields, the two-day class (September 9-10, 2015) will reveal the science behind the environmental forensics of petroleum and chlorinated hydrocarbon geochemistry. Students will also learn about new trends in professional investigations.

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