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Ask Me Why I Care

The University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Public Affairs and Community Service (home of the Nebraska CPM Program) is sponsoring a project called Public Service Stories: Ask Me Why I Care. The project’s purpose is to honor people in public service, push back on the anti-government environment that plagues us today, and show our citizens that government offers huge, rewarding opportunities to tackle the most daunting issues of our society and make a difference in people’s lives.

To those ends, stories have been collected from more than 90 people in public service. These are committed, successful, even heroic public servants who care deeply about the impact they have on the lives, hopes, and dreams of citizens.

The videos of these stories will be available in four sets over the next few months. The first set is available now and focuses on Budget and Financial Management and includes inspiring stories of six people whose careers have concentrated on public budgeting and financial management. These narratives come from all levels of government and show many opportunities that managing public finances provides.

The videos are a valuable resource! Please watch them as they illustrate careers in public service as meaningful and are a great way for many of us to make a substantial difference in the world.

New CPM Tracks

New tracks of the CPM Program will be starting in September 2015. Stay tuned; the application process will be announced in February. Locations are yet to be determined.

Moving Up

CPM graduates keep moving up in their careers, maintaining and enjoying a promotion rate of over 50’%. To date, 261 graduates have received a promotion.  Fourteen (14) of those were received in 2014. Current students who received a promotion number five. Graduation from the CPM Program counts as a year of management experience when applying for state positions.

Idaho's Askew Award Winners

The Askew Award is awarded each year to participating states at the Annual Conference of the American Academy of Certified Public Managers in honor of George Askew, a national leader in the CPM Program. A medallion is given to each state's nominee to acknowledge exemplary work in the completion of their CPM Project.


Idaho’s Askew Award Winners





Anna Owsiak, Department of Fish & Game
"Avoiding the Money Pit: A Proposal to Replace Idaho Department of Fish & Game Wildlife Habitat Program Infrastructure"

Don Kemner, Department of Fish & Game
"Idaho Bird Conservation Partnership"

2010 David Peters, Department of Health and Welfare
"Juvenile Mental Health Court Starter Kit"
2009 Chuck Kinkead, Department of Correction
“Computerized Maintenance Management System”
2008 Shelley Keen, Department of Water Resources
“Empowering Regional Staff to issue Water Right Approvals”
2007 Pamela Rausch, Department of Labor
“ONES (On-Line Nonmonetary Entry System)
2006 Gina Westcott, Department of Health & Welfare
“Shelter Home Resource Directory”
2005 Annette Wilkinson, Department of Health & Welfare
“Early Childhood Mental Health”
2004 Tom Gerlitz, Department of Health & Welfare
“Interviewing & Hiring Strategies for Idaho Department of Health & Welfare”

CPM® Graduate Comments...

“I thoroughly enjoyed the CPM experience and would highly recommend the program to others. I learned a great deal from the classes…as I expected I would. The unanticipated benefit of participation in the program was the knowledge I gained about other state agencies of Idaho state government, the enhanced understanding of the functions and operations of other agencies; and the creation of lasting friendships with Idaho state employees that I had the opportunity to meet through CPM.”



“The CPM course was extremely worthwhile. The true value came into focus for me once I became more familiar with my associates in the program and their particular backgrounds and skill sets. Even though it has been three years since graduation, I still regularly rely upon some of my classmates to talk through various issues in the workplace.”



“The caliber of instructors and materials used in the CPM program are outstanding. The courses are relevant and provide the participants with the opportunity to develop and hone skills needed to manage within the state system. I think the clear advantage to this program over any other is the direct correlation in each class to the state of Idaho. The access to state experts is wonderful, and many instructors offer themselves as resources. I think the program clearly meets the goal of developing public sector managers. I also like the format, which provides opportunity to the participants to take theory and put it into practice in the workplace, before going to the next topic.”



“I greatly under estimated the CPM program. I did not expect personal change. CPM® went beyond just reaffirming some of my work strengths. I received an education that made me become introspective and expose some of my weaknesses. I found myself looking at work situations and people differently. I started applying techniques to improve leadership, motivate team members, and gain greater purpose for managing. At first, I did not stop to think change was coming from my CPM experience. However, a gradual realization crept in.”



“This program has legs, and can take my team to new places in performing our work. Every graduate of CPM must complete a project as part of the requirement to become a Certified Public Manager. I cannot over emphasize how meaningful and important this is for the CPM candidate and their organization. The project tested me at many levels. It brought into focus the many techniques, methods, and knowledge gained by going through the various classes and assignments. It is a privilege to be a part of something which enables the individual to take life to next level.”