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When course instruction at New Mexico State University transitioned to an online format in March, the NMSU Center for Learning & Professional Development’s annual programming had to shift to a virtual environment as well. Two of the leadership programs, the Aggie Leadership Training Academy and Manager Certification Program, celebrated the graduation of their 2020 cohorts in early December.
“The graduates are to be commended for meeting the challenges of a virtual work and learning environment, and dedicating themselves to completing the programs,” said Jennifer Gabel, Center for Learning and Professional Development senior training specialist. “Additionally, we want to thank our presenters, who also had to adjust to a virtual environment. For many, this was their first time presenting on Zoom. Everyone worked together very well to make the programs a success in a difficult time.”
The Aggie Leadership Training Academy program is a leadership certification program for NMSU personnel currently in director or department head and higher-level management positions. In the year-long program, participants work to develop their leadership capacities to effectively interact with members of the university community and build open, dynamic and respectful working and learning environments.
Aggie Leadership Training Academy graduates include Minerva Baumann, Marketing and Communications media relations officer; Geraldine Estrada-Martinez, Doña Ana Community College Admissions director; Ruinian Jiang, engineering technology professor; Wil Kilroy, theatre arts department head; David MacWilliams, NMSU Alamogordo Arts & Sciences Division head; Kim O’Connell, Athletic Training Program director; Paulo A. Oemig, New Mexico Space Grant Consortium director; Carlos E. Posadas, criminal justice associate professor; and Manoj K. Shukla, plant and environmental sciences professor and Aggies Go Global and ACES Global Initiatives program director.
“This was the first year that we were able to integrate both staff and faculty into the cohort, with phenomenal success,” said Stephanie Miller, Center for Learning and Professional Development senior training specialist. “Having both faculty and staff in the ALTA program allowed participants to see different perspectives and find common ground that wasn’t available to them in previous cohorts.”
The Manager Certification Program is designed for NMSU employees currently in a supervisory or higher-level management position, or for those who have been identified as having the potential to move into a supervisor or manager position. The program’s goal is to build critical management-level knowledge, skills and competencies required to efficiently carry out the functions of managing employees and departments in support of the university’s mission, vision and values.
Manager Certification Program graduates include Yvette Benitiz, DACC Personnel and Payroll Services human resources operations manager; Liz Bennett, Cooperative Extension Service Home Economics program unit program manager; Tammy Bracamonte, New Mexico Department of Agriculture business manager; Krystal Espinoza, University Student Records Office registrar/admission specialist; Ryan Hiles, NMDA Entomology and Nursery Industries Bureau assistant division director; Jeany Llorente-Ontiveros, Marketing and Communications marketing and creative services associate director; Dave Lowry, Leyendecker Plant Science Research Center farm ranch manager; Stephanie Miller, Center for Learning and Professional Development senior training specialist; Suzanne Montes, Facilities and Services University Architect and Space Management space planning manager; Rebecca Nezzer, Facilities and Services Accounting operations manager; Michael Nevarez, Facilities and Services Project Construction project manager; Gina Reyes, University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services financial aid associate director; Clara Welles, College of Engineering program manager; and Derrik Wootton, Environmental Health Safety and Risk Management safety specialist.
Neither the Manager Certification Program or Aggie Leadership Training Academy will be offered in 2021 to focus on providing more professional development opportunities in support of NMSU LEADS 2025, goal 4. The pause also will allow for revisions to existing trainings in virtual environments.
To learn more visit https://training.nmsu.edu.