December 11, 2000 Vol. V, No. 8

County OKs Five-Year Contract for CSUN Leadership Training

$2 Million First-Year Award Expands Program Run by Business College Center

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has voted to expand a much-lauded leadership training academy for county employees that is operated by Cal State Northridge's business faculty.

The board approved a five-year contract, worth $2.18 million the first year, with CSUN's Center for Management and Organization Development to continue training county workers in leadership and human resource development.

CSUN management professor Alan Glassman, a founding member of the center, called the county contract "a wonderful opportunity for the university." "We're really excited about the possibility of creating a national model of a public-public partnership," he said.

Housed in CSUN's College of Business Administration and Economics, the center is a consulting practice that brings real-world experience into the academic setting, while also providing businesses and nonprofit agencies access to the university's business faculty.

The CSUN-operated training academy is run in partnership with the College of Extended Learning. The program offers a preparatory course for future county managers, courses for personnel managers and problem- solving classes as well as certification training for entry-level clerks.

Fifth District County Supervisor Mike Antonovich said that since the training academy began two years ago, 283 executives, managers and clerks have successfully completed specialized training and "are effectively serving our residents as county employees."

"The board's action will increase the number of training positions from 180 to 876, increase the clerical certification slots from five to 25, and extend the training partnership with California State University, Northridge through 2005," Antonovich said.

For more information on the Center for Management and Organization Development, call (818) 677-6400 or visit its web site at

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