Is there a formal education program?
Degree programs supplement each of the career paths. As the Center’s programs mature, APWA will be seeking partnerships with selected colleges and universities so that public works professionals can select coursework in public works from an associate’s through a master’s degree. The vision is to have coursework starting at the vocational high school level through master's programs.
Are the career paths customizable?
The Center is an educational system designed so that anyone in public works can progress systematically through one or multiple paths based on their interests, talents and experience.
What are the highlights of the career paths?
Each of the three career paths has entry requirements, progressive levels, a professional development program and plan, a professional portfolio/journaling requirement, pre- and post-assessments, and access to mentoring.
What does the Center's emblem mean?
The Center’s emblem portrays the three career paths and the degree program. The motto, Educare et Crescere, to educate and grow, represents the Center’s mission to position public works professionals to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. The sunrise and the oak leaf represent the environment within which public works infrastructure resides.
What role will the chapter institutes play?
There will be three institutes: Public Works Institute for Supervisors (PWS) at level 1; the Public Works Institute for Managers (PWM) at Level 2; and the Public Works Institute for Executives (PWE), which can be used to meet the 18-hour graduate credit requirement to enter Level 3.
Why is the Public Works Professional career path important?
There are public works professionals who are interested in progressing within a specialty area. In partnership with other specialized associations, colleges, and universities, this career path will provide these professionals with specialized technical opportunities.
This career path has two levels, Technical Scholar and Master Scholar. Like the Public Works Leadership Fellow designation, the Master Scholar will also be required to mentor other professionals in specialty areas.
When will the Public Works Leadership Fellow program be launched?
The PWLF program was launched at the 2011 Congress in Denver.
When will the Technical Specialty and the Public Works Professional career paths programs be launched?
These programs will be launched during Congress 2012 in Anaheim. The DCS Center will be working with partner organizations to establish the career progression.