MiniMPA™: Advance Your Career in Local Government

The MiniMPA™ is an intensive training series designed for working professionals in local government. Classes will meet once each week on Friday mornings from 8 AM to 11 AM. The MiniMPA™ begins January 7, 2022 and ends April 22, 2022. The cost is $1,050 which includes course materials and a certificate upon successful completion. For more information on receiving academic credit for a one semester course, see contact information below.

If you are a local government professional ready to assume the next level of responsibility, the MiniMPA™ is for you. If you are a specialist seeking a broader understanding of administrative roles, finance, human resources and public policy, the MiniMPA™ will help. MiniMPA™ instructors are experts who, like you, work in local government. They understand that tax dollars, staff and services are being stretched to the limit. In the MiniMPA™, with guidance from these experienced local government experts, you will learn to address complex problems with limited resources including how to:


  •  make tough budget decisions for a department, a city or a county
  • effectively communicate with elected officials and the public
  •  increase diversity through strategic recruitment, retention and promotion
  • engage in win-win collaborative arrangements that involve other units of government, nonprofits and private businesses

To participate in the next class that begins January 7, 2022, you must submit an application and a letter of recommendation from your city/county manager, city administrator and/or direct supervisor no later than midnight Monday, November 30th, 2021 to Mercy Umeri at


When: Friday mornings January 7, 2022 to April 22, 2022
Where: Via Zoom
Cost: $1,050 inclusive of all course material
How: Application deadline is Monday, November 30, 2021

For more information about the MiniMPA™, contact Mercy Umeri at or (316) 978-5262.



Cancellations must be made in writing by e-mail, mail or fax. Cancellations received five days prior to the first session will receive a 75% refund. Cancellations received fewer than five days prior to the first session will not receive a refund. 

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