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Pacific Offers New Program

Jul 22, 2007

The public’s trust in government as well as other organizations that provide public services has been shaken by a string of scandals over the past decade. This ongoing crisis, plus uncompetitive salaries and frequent internal turnover, is making it difficult for non-profit and government agencies to find and keep talented employees who maintain the public’s trust.

To meet that need, University of the Pacific will offer a Certificate in Civic Leadership program this fall for working professionals and current students.  The program is designed to prepare them for leadership roles within non-profit and governmental organizations.

 “We will combine theory with practice and use a hands-on approach,” said Dr. George Condon, director of the new program.  “The whole point is to improve the qualifications of people already at work while attracting new talent to agencies which have a great need for skilled, motivated employees.”

The program will explore public outreach, leadership theory, organizational theory, the public finance system, research methods and field studies. Courses will be team taught by University faculty and distinguished practitioners from the community.  Adult and undergraduate students also will learn from each other through classroom discussions and independent projects.

Tuition for the program is $5,400 for adult students who are not currently enrolled at the University.  Current Pacific students can take the courses as part of their regular classload to earn a minor in Civic Leadership. Some scholarships and tuition discounts are available for persons who apply before Aug. 15.  A high school diploma or GED is required for admission. Some employers also offer tuition assistance for continuing education. The program will be offered in a one year format for those interested in a fast track experience, and a two year version for those whose family and job circumstances require a slower pace.

The program is offered jointly by the Jacoby Center for Public Service and Civic Leadership, the Center for Professional and Continuing Education, and the Division of Student Life.  Informational brochures and application forms are available from Dr. George Condon at 209.946.7405 or e-mail him at gcondon@pacific.edu.