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Training for Leaders in Public Works Administration

The New England Public Works Institute (NEPWI) at Norwich University offers educational training for public works professionals nationwide. As a training arm for the New England Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA), NEPWI provides an online, non-credit course in leadership and management practices for those interested in greater responsibilities in public works.

Developed and taught by experienced public works leaders, the course covers topics such as strategic planning, organizational ethics, transformational leadership, and financial management. Course materials are texts and journals written by members of the American Public Works Association. In the online learning environment, students also engage in discussions about relevant challenges and solutions.

For APWA members, completion of the New England Public Works Institute is an important step in credentialing for Level 1 Public Works Supervisor (PWS) and Level 2 Public Works Manager (PWM). NEPWI is available to anyone interested in the public works sector.

Course Outline

The New England Public Works Institute consists of four blocks of two months duration each. Blocks 1, 2 and 3 are not sequential; students may take blocks 1, 2 and 3 in any order. Block 4 is open to students only after successful completion of Blocks 1, 2 and 3. Each of the blocks has a theme:

  • Block 1: Operations and Organizations
  • Block 2: Strategy and Planning
  • Block 3: Management & Leadership Proficiencies
  • Block 4: Course Project on Strategy

Tuition & Fees

Students register and pay for one block at a time. Completion of a block will enable the student to register and pay for the next block.

  • Blocks 1, 2, 3: $300/each
  • Block 4: $150
  • Students are required to independently purchase/procure Public Work Administration (2007). American Public Works Administration Press, ISBN 9781606750087.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this course the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate how to use resources available through the internet to create new ways of improving public works operations;
  • Discuss how to collaborate with the community and the private sector;
  • Identify how to enhance operational efficiencies by the creative use of structure and processes;
  • Demonstrate the links between integrity, trust, transparency and effective leadership;
  • Articulate the role of the leader in taking responsibility for creating a long-term strategy;
  • Exhibit the use of outcome-based budgeting;
  • Demonstrate how to manage communications through social media;
  • Demonstrate how to create an RFP (request for proposal) for your organization;
  • Demonstrate how you can improve organizational performance with better information systems;
  • Develop a strategy to achieve your goal of a learning organization through personal mastery;
  • Use critical analysis and goal identification to enhance decision-making;
  • Articulate the connection between self-awareness, empathy and self-awareness and transformative leadership.

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