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UWT offers course in local public policy

Post by John Henrikson / The News Tribune on March 11, 2010 at 6:23 am with No Comments »
March 10, 2010 4:41 pm

The University of Washington Tacoma is offering this 10-week primer course in the inner workings of local government. The instructor is Pierce County government performance auditor Matt Temmel, who will draw on the expertise of “leading local officials” including Kevin Phelps, Marilyn Strickland and Peter Callaghan.

(Callaghan? I’ve had to sit through his lectures every morning for years – seems like I should be able to apply for a master’s degree by now.)

The guest lecturer portions are open to the public. Anyway, here’s more on the course:

Public policymaking in Tacoma and Pierce County

Key officials teach a course on how it works, how to make it work better

TACOMA, WASH. –– A good understanding of state legislation, local ordinances, budgets, rules, judicial decisions, and other forms of public policymaking has become a necessary part of nearly every profession—from health care to criminal justice, financial services to education, human resources to technology.

While graduate programs may explore policymaking from a textbook perspective, few delve into the practical aspects of bill drafting and performance audits, or provide an understanding of how various regulatory entities work together.

The University of Washington Tacoma KeyBank Professional Development Center offers a public policy certificate program to meet the needs of professionals who want a better understanding of how regulatory organizations operate in all levels of government. The program provides practical experience in policy analysis and research, performance audits, public testimony and bill drafting, and provides a detailed review of the 2010 Washington legislative session.

In Navigating Public Policy, instructor Matt Temmel, Ph. D., takes an in-depth look at state, local and national contexts for policymaking. Temmel is a performance audit coordinator for the Pierce County Council and has served as a performance auditor for the Washington State Legislature. Prior to his work in policymaking, Temmel taught history at the University of Washington and the University of Maryland.

Students will gain hands-on training in completing the course project. Working individually or on a team, each student will develop proposed state legislation or a local ordinance based on an issue of personal interest and present it to a practice legislative committee. Instruction on developing related materials such as a bill summary, fiscal note, one pager, and policy analysis research will also be covered.

The public is invited to attend presentations by leading local officials who will guest lecture in the program. Guests will appear on consecutive Thursday evenings at 6 p.m., in Mattress Factory 352, on the Tacoma campus. The following speakers are scheduled to appear:

· Dennis Flanagan, state representative, on April 8

· Wolfgang Opitz, assistant state treasurer, on April 13

· Peter Callaghan, columnist for The News Tribune, on April 22

· Marilyn Strickland, mayor of Tacoma, on April 29

· Mark Lindquist, Pierce County prosecuting attorney, on May 6

· Kevin Phelps, deputy county executive, Pierce County, on May 13

· Christine Quinn-Brintnall, judge, Washington State Court of Appeals, on May 20

Students who successfully complete the 10-week program will earn a certificate and four continuing education units. The program begins March 30; classes will meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6–8 p.m., through June 3.

For more information and to register, visit the University of Washington Tacoma KeyBank Professional Development Center’s website at www.tacoma.washington.edu/pdc, or call 253-692-4618.

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