Professional Development

Levin College Professional Development Programs and Workshops

See below for a listing of Levin College's Professional Development programs and workshops. For more information including workshop schedules and registration information see our workshop schedule.


Center for Emergency Preparedness
The Center for Emergency Preparedness (CEP) has been the Leader in Ohio’s Emergency Preparedness for over 35 years. CEP offers courses, programs, and workshops in: Hazardous Materials (Haz Mat), Confined Space, National Incident Management System (NIMS), Business Continuity and Emergency Planning, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Hospital Healthcare First Receiver, and various specialty courses. If you would like to learn more about CEP's offerings please contact us at

Ohio Certified Public Manager® Program
The Ohio Certified Public Manager® (OCPM) Program is a comprehensive and nationally certified development program for state and local government leaders. Cleveland State University's Center for Public & Nonprofit Management delivers the official CPM certification program for the state of Ohio. To receive this credential, participants must enroll in and successfully complete the Public Management Academy and Leadership Academy.


Introduction to ArcGIS
Introduction to ArcGIS introduces participants to ArcGIS and its component applications. The course covers fundamental GIS concepts as well as how to create, edit, and work with georeferenced spatial data. Participants become familiar with the ArcGIS graphical user interface (GUI), and learn how to manipulate tabular data, query a GIS database, and present data clearly and efficiently using maps and charts.

Hand Graphics Bootcamp
Graphic thinking and hand graphic skills are critical for anyone who needs to be able to visualize an idea and transmit it to others. Whether you are outlining a strategy over lunch, diagramming a plan for a park, or manning a flip chart in front of a group, the ability to communicate a concept graphically will enhance your communication with your collaborators. This course is designed for those with no drawing experience, or those who need a refresher – to develop confidence, and expand others’  and confidence in you. Organized around basic graphic thinking, illustration and visualization skills, the course is designed for planners, and includes the fundamentals of visualizing spaces – but everyone can benefit from exercises that will change your way of thinking. It’s fun! Graphics resource book included.

Leadership Academy
Leadership Academy is the premier public sector leadership development program in the region. Established in 1990, the program has over 600 graduates representing major governmental and nonprofit organizations throughout northeast Ohio. The program is a great fit for appointed and elected officials, nonprofit administrators and aspiring leaders. The program is designed to encompass topics in leadership as well as personal and organizational development. Participants will meet in a variety of locations showcasing employers and institutions throughout the Cleveland area.

Lean Ohio Bootcamp
LeanOhio Boot Camp is an intensive week-long training that gets people learning and using Lean methods and tools. The entire program is tailored to the public-sector workplace and public-sector processes. Lean Ohio is practical training aimed at generating results. Participants will be able to use their new knowledge and skills immediately -- to make government simpler, faster, better, and less costly. The training is filled with government examples and exercises. Included is an in-depth simulation involving a prototypical agency, so participants build their toolkits by way of a real-world situation.

Nonprofit Management Academy
This one-year, comprehensive program allows nonprofit managers to sharpen their supervisory and management skills. Participants engage in customized workshops and a capstone project. Managers develop a nonprofit toolkit and complete real-world process improvement projects. Grounded in academic research and best practices, this workshop delivers concepts, applications, and methods illustrating the broad array of expertise vital to managing a sustainable operation, while adhering to the nonprofit’s mission.

Public Management Academy
The Public Management Academy (PMA) is a comprehensive management development certificate program for public managers. It professionalizes public managers as they learn and practice the management skills and tools they will need to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The Academy offers a one year series of customized workshops, creating a “public manager’s tool kit”.