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CENTER FOR GOVERNMENT EXCELLENCE LAUNCHES TRAINING CENTER FOCUSED ON HELPING GOVERNMENTS COMBINE DATA SKILLS, FLEXIBLE COURSE OPTIONS AND INSTRUCTORS WITH PRACTICAL GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  May 14, 2018

Contact: Connie Ress

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CENTER FOR GOVERNMENT EXCELLENCE LAUNCHES TRAINING CENTER FOCUSED ON HELPING GOVERNMENTS COMBINE DATA SKILLS, FLEXIBLE COURSE OPTIONS AND INSTRUCTORS WITH PRACTICAL GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE   

The training center will begin courses in June 2018, and open to government employees throughout the world, offering options on-site, online and a combination of the two.

Today, the Center for Government Excellence (GovEx), part of Johns Hopkins University, announced the launch of its new training center that allows government employees all over the world to take online and on-site courses in data management, analytics, community engagement, open data, and others, in order to improve public programs and services affecting the lives of residents. The training center is the first of its kind for government staff that combines a focus on improving data skills, flexible course options that meet students where their needs are and expert GovEx instructors with practical government experience.

The training center will offer three online courses in the Summer of 2018, which can be viewed on the GovEx website. Participants of online courses will be able to access course materials in one convenient location on govex.jhu.edu. These courses begin on June 27, 2018. The application deadline is May 25:

“The new GovEx training center formalizes GovEx’s work to develop expert trainings in ‘all things data’ and help government employees build the skills they need to improve the lives of residents in the 21st century,” said Eric Reese, GovEx Associate Director of Training. “Our highly rated training courses are designed to meet participants where they are by improving skills and providing more flexible training options that allow participants to learn in whatever mode is most convenient.”

GovEx courses are designed for current government employees. Previously, training was provided only to employees who worked for a city that was part of What Works Cities, an initiative of Bloomberg Philanthropies. However, the new training center allows for government employees, and anyone else who has an interest in government and data, to apply to take a course. Courses are affordably priced to help current government employees complete courses while still working. In addition, scholarships are available for any government employee of a What Works Cities participant.

“GovEx and Eric Reese are both second to none, and the trainings they provided to my team in Denver helped us create a data informed government,” said Brian Elms, Innovation Practice Lead, and former Director of the City of Denver’s Award-Winning Peak Academy in Denver, Colorado. “Their commitment and support to cities launched a data performance movement for local governments around the country that is transforming services for citizens. You can expect the best when it comes from GovEx.”

The number of courses offered will expand in Fall 2018. At that time, people interested in taking a course will also have the ability to register and enroll in courses directly on the site. GovEx is also offering customized in-person workshops on data practices for any interested government.

Every course offered carries a certificate from Johns Hopkins University, a globally top-ranked research university. Each participant who completes a course will receive a certificate of completion.

“Taking an online course [Community Engagement] for the first time as a young professional, I did not know what to expect,” said April Feng, Project Manager, City of South Bend. “I was surprised how fulfilling my learning experience was. The course content incorporates a nice balance between individual reading and group activities, theories and practice, thinking and doing. I hope you enjoy the class as much as I did!

Since 2015, over 2,000 government staff have participated in a GovEx on-site training. Nearly 100 individuals have completed pilot online courses in that time. GovEx has awarded sixty-six certificates, and ninety percent of participants of online courses said they would recommend the training to a colleague.

Future plans are underway for GovEx to build more certification and credential options to differentiate participants’ skills.

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