A Decade of Excellence in County Continuing Education
Dec. 12, 2018
Ten years ago, CSAC was able to turn a vision into a reality by offering continuing education courses to county officials and senior staff. Since that first course geared toward supervisors-elect, the CSAC Institute for Excellence in County Government has grown into one of the premier professional development programs in the country.
And a couple of weeks ago in San Diego County – the site of the first course held under the direction of the CSAC Institute – a 10th Anniversary celebration was held in conjunction with the CSAC Annual Meeting.
“The CSAC Institute is one of our crown jewels. It is THE premiere local government training institute in the country,” said CSAC Executive Director Graham Knaus.
Look how far the Institute has grown since that first course:
- More than 6,000 county staff and elected officials have taken courses,
- More than 14,800 course seats have been filled,
- More than 80 courses are being offered annually, and
- Nearly 700 individuals have received their Institute credential.
The CSAC Institute now offers courses at five campuses around the state. Beyond its main campus in Sacramento– Orange County, Tulare County, Shasta/Tehama Counties and Santa Cruz County currently host campuses. This means county officials working in nearly every part of the state have relatively easy access to continuing education.
The satellite campuses rotate among counties to enhance accessibility. Other counties to have hosted the Institute are Contra Costa, Merced, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego.
“We built this Institute to take advantage of county capacity, the amazing resources that are out there in the 58 counties—to be able to leverage that and help each other grow and achieve so we’re able to best serve our communities and prepare ourselves and our counties to respond to whatever we face today and into the future,” explained Institute Dean Bill Chiat, who was recently honored for playing the key role in the Institute’s inception and growth over the past decade.
The Institute, which is under the auspices of the California Counties Foundation, recently released its 2019 Winter/Spring Course schedule, which you can find here.