Training Leaders in Public Works Administration
Inspired by Example:
Engineers from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's District 1 were honored with the 2012 APWA
Public Works Project of the Year Award
for their efforts in repairing the severely damaged Mohawk Trail following Tropical Storm Irene. MassDOT reopened Route 2 in 110 days, despite also having to deal with a freak October storm that dumped nearly 2 feet of snow on the region.
Welcome to the New England Public Works Institute (NEPWI) – an online collaboration between Norwich University and the New England Chapter of the American Public Works Association.
The New England Public Works Institute is an online course of study in leadership and management best practices. It provides both new and experienced supervisors and managers the skills needed to manage and lead in a constantly evolving public works environment. Emphasis is placed on collaboration, decision-making, writing and critical thinking. Students from all levels of educational backgrounds are accommodated; proof of prior educational work is not required.
There is a high-level of interaction between the students and the instructor, and between the students themselves who come from all areas of public works. Instructors are public works leaders with both traditional and online teaching experience; they develop the curriculum and provide constant guidance and assistance to the students. Course materials are texts and journals written by members of the American Public Works Association.
Students participate in the NEPWI online classes at any time where they have access to the Internet, either at work or at home. Technical support is available 24/7; students can email or phone instructors at any time. Norwich support staff provides additional classroom support.
On average, students spend about 5 hours weekly completing their reading and homework. If a student continues to enroll in each of the four blocks of course work without a significant break between blocks, the entire program can be completed in eight months. There are no grades; all work is pass/fail.
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). The program is also available to those interested in a public works career even if they are not pursuing credentialing.
Sessions are offered every two months on average throughout each year. You may take any of the first three blocks in the four-block course in any sequence.
and choose the session start date that works best for you.
- Donal Hartman, New England Public Works Institute director
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