Posted at 10:26 p.m., Feb. 4, 2015


Capstone projects benefit college:

Veronica Pedersen, left, and Maryellen Tast, right, introduce graduated students of LCCC's CPM program to the Board of Trustees on Feb. 4. The students gave a brief explanation of their capstone projects and how LCCC gains from their efforts.

Photo by Sam Weaver

Program teaches
employee leadership

The certified public manager program turns employees into leaders of change, Laramie County Community College’s workforce development program manager told the board of trustees at the Feb. 4 dinner meeting.

The CPM program, a free leadership development program for LCCC employees, takes about one year to complete, meeting about 33 times. Seven course competencies are covered throughout that year: personal and organizational integrity, managing work, leading people, developing themselves, systemic integration, public service focus and change leadership, according to Veronica Pedersen.  

She and Maryellen Tast, dean of workforce development and outreach, currently lead the program.

Because most of the employees who take this program already have a bachelor’s or master’s degree, this is a program for employees who want applied leadership skills. Other incentives are a motivation to learn and a general sense of caring for the well-being of the college, said Meghan Kelly, librarian and recent graduate of the CPM program. 

The program has graduated 77 students since its start in 2009. It is a requirement for students to create and implement a capstone project before they can graduate, which is similar to a master’s degree thesis. The project must benefit LCCC in some way. That means this program has created about 77 beneficial projects to improve efficiency, improve a process, save money or increase morale on campus, Pedersen said.

Some 40 states have the same program in their universities, but LCCC is the only community college with the CPM program.


CPM Website

LCCC: CPM Application