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Raising the civic IQ: Elected municipal officers invited back to campus

A certificate program in municipal government begins Saturday, online and at Oklahoma City University. Enroll at
A certificate program in municipal government begins Saturday, online and at Oklahoma City University. Enroll at

Civics lessons for elected city officers and those thinking about running for office begin Saturday at Oklahoma City University and online.

This is the second time the certificate program has been offered and the first for the Oklahoma Municipal League in partnership with OCU.

The inaugural sessions were September and October 2018.

Steve Agee, dean of Oklahoma City University's Meinders School of Business, said then that many candidates for municipal office run because they have concerns about specific issues but "most lack the knowledge they need to tackle all the issues they will face."

He said that year's sessions would present case studies and participants would "gain fundamental perspectives that can be applied to any community."

This year's sessions are called "Learn to Govern: Leadership & Public Administration," in two tracks leading to a Municipalities or Legislative certificate.

Classes are at OCU, 8:30 a.m. to noon, from Saturday through Feb. 22. Students can log in remotely to participate online.

Cost is $250 for 21 hours of instruction over the six weekends.

Oklahoma Municipal League Executive Director Mike Fina said one of that organization's primary goals is to provide ongoing training.

"This program takes a little different approach in that it is primarily aimed at citizens who are interested in running for a municipal office or are already in office and seeking additional training,” he said.

Register at or by calling Susan Winchester at 405-206-8252. Email

A third track is offered on school board governance.

William Crum

OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman. Read more ›