Municipal and County Administration

This comprehensive course is designed for appointed city and county officials whose responsibilities require an understanding of local government functions beyond individual areas of specialization. 

Major subject areas include local government law, organization and management, finance and budgeting, public employment law, planning and regulation of development, and municipal and county services. 

Who should attend: City and county managers, department heads, and other city and county officials whose responsibilities require an understanding of functions beyond individual areas of specialization.  

Participants will gain an appreciation for the following: 

  • Legal framework and administrative requirements of North Carolina city and county government 
  • How city and county services are organized and provided 
  • Interrelation among different activities and/or departments 
  • Building a broader network of local government peers.

**The Application period for the 2021-2022 class has closed

PLEASE REVIEW THE FOLLOWING BEFORE APPLYING: 

Class Format: This year, the program is being held virtually, combining Live Zoom Classes and Pre-Class Work requirements consisting of watching pre-recorded videos, and reading/exercise assignments to be completed between sessions. 

Live Sessions for 2021-22: All times are 9:00am - 12:30pm via Zoom 

  • Session 1   | October 6
  • Session 2   | October 13
  • Session 3   | October 20
  • Session 4   | November 2, 3
  • Session 5   | November 16, 17
  • Session 6   | November 30, December 1
  • Session 7   | December 14, 15
  • Session 8   | January 11,12
  • Session 9   | January 25, 26
  • Session 10 | February 8, 9
  • Session 11 | February 22, 23
  • Session 12 | March 8, 9
  • Session 13 | March 22, 23
  • Session 14 | April 5, 6
  • Session 15 | April 26, 27
  • Session 16 | May 10, 11, 12 

**With the exception of October and May, all sessions are Tuesday/Wednesday 

READY TO APPLY? HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO: 

  • Confirm that you can attend the dates/times and block your calendar. Identify any dates you are unable to attend class and enter that information on the application 
  • Review the Class Policy document HERE
  • Complete your program application by July 1, 2021. Use the above registration link to apply
  • If your unit has a financial need, be sure to apply for a scholarship opportunity. Information and links are below. Applications must be submitted separately
  • Secure funding in case you do not receive a scholarship
  • Notifications: Mark your calendars to monitor your email between August 1-13, 2021. Have your funding in place and be prepared to accept or decline the invitation. You will have a short window to respond.
  • Notifications will not all be sent on the same day. Everyone will receive a notification of their application status by August 13th. Due to the number of applicaions submitted, we are unable to respond to status inquiries until the notification period has ended. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ONCE YOU'VE APPLIED: 

  • There is no need to email asking for a status of your funding or program applications. 
  • You will receive emails notifiying you or your status on or before August 13th. 
  • Notifications will not all be sent on the same day. Everyone will receive a notification of their application status by August 13th. Due to the number of applicaions submitted, we are unable to respond to status inquiries until the notification period has ended. 

 Scholarship Opportunities are Below: 

Additional information

 

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES: If your unit has a financial need, you are encouraged to apply for multiple scholarships. The deadline to submit scholarship applications is 5:00 pm on July 1, 2021. 

Please be aware that that we receive many applications for scholarships. You should have alternate funding secured and ready in the event you are not awarded a scholarship. There will be a short turnaround time to confirm your ability to fund/attend the program once an invitation is extended. You will be notified by the below organizations individually regarding your scholarship status no later than August 13, 2021. 

MCA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP: 
A letter of support from the Manager or Mayor is required with this application
The Alumni Association of the Municipal and County Administration Course is offering financial assistance with tuition to a qualified applicant and their unit of government. Since these scholarships have historically been designed to help colleagues who might not otherwise be able to attend the course, financial need will weigh heavily in the award decision. Other factors that will be considered are the number of individuals in a particular unit that have already graduated from the course and how critical the course is to the governmental unit and the applicant’s future career goals. Application available HERE. 

ELLIS HANKINS MUNICIPAL ADMINISTRATION SCHOLARSHIP: 
The Ellis Hankins Municipal Administration Foundation offers assistance to qualified MUNICIPAL applicants and their units of government. Since these scholarships have historically been designed to help applicants who might not otherwise be able to attend the course, financial need will weigh heavily in the award decision. Other factors that will be considered are the number of individuals in a particular unit that have already graduated from the course and how critical the course is to the governmental unit and the applicant’s future career goals. Application available HERE. 

JAMES BLACKBURN III MEMORIAL FUND FOR MUNICIPAL AND COUNTY ADMINISTRATION: 
The James Blackburn III Memorial Fund offers assistance to qualified MUNICIPAL or COUNTY applicants and their units of government. Since these scholarships have historically been designed to help applicants who might not otherwise be able to attend the course, financial need will weigh heavily in the award decision. Other factors that will be considered are the number of individuals in a particular unit that have already graduated from the course and how critical the course is to the governmental unit and the applicant’s future career goals. Application available HERE.  

LOCAL GOVERNMENT FEDERAL CREDIT UNION: 
A reference letter is required with this application, so allow extra time to apply. Send this application directly to LGFCU. 
The LGFCU offers scholarships to member local government employees to apply towards tuition for conferences, programs and seminars offered by the School of Government. Send this application directly to LGFCU.  Application link available HERE.

*The deadline to submit all scholarship applications is 5:00 pm on July 1, 2021. 

 

 

 

There currently are no scheduled offerings of this course.

Materials: Videos, homework, presentations and other materials will be delivered via Canvas - a secure online platform. Instructions will be provided on how to access and use Canvas before the program begins.

Textbook: The course will include the electonic version of County and Municipal Government in North Carolina that will be available in Canvas for you to download. 

Pre-Class Work: Homework will be assigned to complete between class sessions (Pre-recorded video lectures, exercises, and reading). These assignments will be available a week prior to class. During the live Zoom sessions, there will be a review of the materials and homework exercises, small group discussions, and opportunities for Q&A.

ZOOM PREP: See below to prepare for the Zoom sessions. Doing this will take care of 90 percent of the Zoom instructions and troubleshooting issues. 

  • You will need to have Zoom downloaded on your computer, and you will need to have a Zoom account in order to attend this program.
  • Your computer needs to be equipped with a microphone to speak, speakers to hear, and a camera.
  • Click HERE to download the Zoom desktop client if you don’t yet have it on your computer. Select the download for “Zoom Client for Meetings”.
  • Click HERE to update to the current version of Zoom. This will ensure you have the most up-to-date features to optimize your online learning experience.
  • Be sure you have a Zoom account created.
  • See your IT department if you need help with any of these Zoom items above

 Fee: The 2021-2022 Tuition is $3750.00

 

 

For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar
919.966.4414
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Susan Hutchinson

Program Manager, Local and State Government Group
919.966.4171
Teaching Professor; Secretary, School of Government Foundation Board of Directors