New Certificate Program in Public Management at TNCC to Broaden Students Opportunities in Government

Published: July 17, 2007

Thomas Nelson Community College has added a new certificate program to its offerings. Designed to broaden students’ career opportunities in government and/or nonprofit organizations, the Public Management Certificate Program provides an introduction to theory, skills and principles underlying public administration in federal, state and local government organizations.

According to Dr. William Travis, former Dean of Business and Public Services at Thomas Nelson now Historic Triangle campus Provost, the new certificate program is primarily for people currently working in public administration “who are looking for academic credentials in concentrated areas so that they can qualify for promotions and/or advance in their careers.”  The courses in the Public Management Certificate Program are included in the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Public Administration, he added.

“The new certificate program came about at the College based on recommendations from the Program Advisory Committee which has direct input from employers in our service area.  The committee reviewed the matter last year and saw this as a worthwhile program to add to our offerings in support of the community,” said Travis.

“Employers of people who complete the Public Management Certificate Program at Thomas Nelson Community College can expect that these individuals will be well trained in the fundamentals of their jobs in public administration.”

To ensure a reasonable chance of success in pursuing this program of study, noted Travis, some students may be required to enroll in specified developmental courses in mathematics, written English and/or reading based on performance on placement tests and assessment of prior education. He stressed the importance of students completing these developmental courses as quickly as possible so that they will be appropriately prepared to pursue this program of study.

For more information contact the Division of Business and Public Sciences in Room 122 of Diggs Hall, (757) 825-2900, or at

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