How It Works

2 CEUs, equivalent to 20 Contact Hours/PDUs
In this course, you’ll learn how to improve performance with better information systems, to manage people, and to think critically. We cover transformational leadership, resource and personnel management, and various approaches to decision making.
Self-paced course; start at anytime
4 weeks

Meet the Program Creator

Kurt Blomquist, MS

Kurt Blomquist, MS, has served as the Public Works Director for the City of Keene, New Hampshire for the last 21 years. He spent 27 years in the US Air Force—8 on active duty and 19 in the Reserves. In the Air Force, he was a Civil Engineering Officer serving in various positions involving the maintenance, repair, and construction of facilities and infrastructure. He retired in 2012 as a Lieutenant Colonel. Kurt graduated from Norwich University with a BS in Civil Engineering, participating in the Corp of Cadets, and received his Master’s of Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech. He is a registered Professional Engineer in California and New Hampshire and is actively involved in professional associations at the state, regional, and national level.

The Curriculum

Management and Leadership Proficiencies
Leaders and managers must stay on top of rapidly changing technological developments if they want their organizations and departments to thrive. In this course, we’ll start with a look into the specific ways technology can make public works organizations more effective. Then we move on to tips for building relationships. We believe that a leader’s success involves a sophisticated and personal approach that relies heavily on connecting well with employees and stakeholders.

Topics Include:

  • The latest software for managing and leading others
  • A systematic, conceptual approach to decision making
  • The importance of intentional personal and professional growth for leaders and managers
  • The difficult and continual nature of learning good leadership

Who Should Register:

  • Public Works Professionals, especially those seeking APWA Level 2 Public Works Management (PWM) credentialing
  • Anyone who is interested in a career in public works, or who currently works in this sector, and wants to hone and enhance their existing skills in management and leadership.

Learning Format

We provide a more interactive and visually engaging learning experience than you’ll find in many online course environments.
The format of this class is fully online, instructor-led, pass/no pass, and can be taken as part of the certificate or independently. Certificate courses can be taken in any order unless otherwise noted.
Industry Experts
You'll experience optional live sessions with your instructor and other experts and have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the subject.
Active Learning
Learn content deeply through varied case studies, topical readings, infographics and other visuals, and hands-on exercises.
Engaged Classrooms
Build your knowledge repository with weekly quizzes, open group discussions, and even the occasional debate.

What You’ll Need to Succeed

Management and Leadership Proficiencies
Devote 6-8 hours/week
Apply knowledge to your real life
Do the extra work when you can
Be prepared to learn from each other