Articles in Category: MTA TRAINING


Get Your Training On !!!

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Yolanda Stephens

The Municipal Training Academy (MTA), introduced in the Fall of 1992, is an educational division of the Miami Valley Communications Council. The goal is to provide municipal employees and elected officials an opportunity to strengthen their skills through customized training and development courses at minimal cost.

The concept for the academy was initiated by the Council's Gov-Tech Committee. The committee, comprised of city managers of the Council's member cities, agreed the academy would be designed to accommodate all levels of employees as well as elected and appointed officials, by offering many diverse educational programs.

The Municipal Training Academy Committee was appointed to research, develop and recommend a broad range of educational opportunities using local resources. An employee needs assessment was conducted to further define training needs. The results play an important role in the on-going development of the Academy's customized training.

Recent training programs have focused on customer service, improving supervisory and leadership skills, comprehensive OSHA and safety compliance programs, seminars for newly elected officials, ethics in government, computer training as well as seminars dealing with the most recent state and federal requirements effecting local government operations.

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For more information about the Municipal Training Academy contact Yolanda Stephens at (937) 438-8887.

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Confined Space Entry


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Municipal Training Academy

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Mike Hayslip

Confined space entry can be one of the most hazardous duties performed. Workers who do not understand the dangers can cause serious injury or death to themselves and their co-workers.

Confined space entry training is designed to instruct and demonstrate the proper procedures for entering and working in confined spaces as set forth in OSHA General Industry Regulation, 29 CFR 1910.146. The training consists of understanding confined spaces, requirements and methods in the classroom and gaining field experience using a confined space simulator.

Presenter:  Mike Hayslip, Esq. PE, CSP.   Mike is a frequent and highly rated presenter for MTA/MVRMA in the areas of health and safety training.  He is president and owner of NESTI, a safety and health-training firm.  Mike is an attorney and a professional engineer with more than 15 years of hands-on safety experience.  Mike is a well-known public speaker and adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati and Clark State University. 

Who should attend:

All employees who work in and near confined spaces, including manholes, work pits and any underground facility.  Appropriate for Public Works, street maintenance, water and wastewater distribution personnel.  Managers and Supervisors who need to understand confined space requirements imposed by OSHA are also encouraged to attend


Tue. March 13th, Wed. March 14th or Fri. March 16th
8:30 am to 3:30pm

City of Kettering, Public Service Facility
2800 Acorn Dr., Kettering, OH 


MVCC Members $15/Affiliate Members $25/Partner Members $35/Non-Members $50
Space is limited!  Please register within 5 days of the training date to attend.


Register at MVCC Online Registration or visit
Course limited to 15 people per session so register soon!

Cancellations must be made within 1 week prior to the day of training; otherwise your city will be charged the course fee.


Yolanda Stephens, MVCC, Municipal Training Academy

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Looking Ahead as A Newly Elected Official

Looking Ahead as a Newly Elected Official MVRMA

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
8 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Golf Club at Yankee Trace, 10000 Yankee Street, Centerville, Ohio

Whether you are newly elected, re-elected or a seasoned official, you are invited to attend the Elected Officials Training program sponsored by the Miami Valley Communications Council’s Municipal Training Academy and the Miami Valley Risk Management Association. This program is designed to enhance your role as a community leader and council member and will provide you with information you need to be successful.


  • Council/Manager Form of Government
  • Effective City Council
  • Sunshine Laws, Open Meetings and Records
  • Regional Economic Development
  • Government Finance, Budgets & Fund Accounting
  • State Legislative Updates
  • Planning & Zoning

And more…


Cost: $45.00 for MVCC & MVRMA Members/$60 for Affiliate Members. Includes breakfast, lunch and program materials. MVCC will invoice the city after the program.
Advance Registration is Required

Register online: Use the link MVCC Online Registration (

For questions please contact Yolanda Stephens, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 937-424-1663.

Cancellations require a one week notice or there will be a charge.

Please join us for a special day of learning and an opportunity
to network with colleagues from neighboring cities.



Webinar: Marsy's Law

Miami Valley Communications Council
Municipal Training Academy
OMAA Webinar


MVCC will host the following on-site webinar at the MVCC Offices.  Space is limited.  Save your seat and register now!





Thursday, January 25, 2018
10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

The citizens of the State of Ohio have spoken and on November 7, 2017, Issue 1 - the Crime Victim Rights Initiative known as “Marsy’s Law” -  passed by an overwhelming majority.  As a result, the Ohio Constitution will be amended to afford crime victims greater rights in criminal proceedings. Is your office prepared to meet the requirements of Marsy’s Law come February?   

Lara Baker-Morrish, City Solicitor General for Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein’s Office
Anne Murray, Director of the Domestic Violence & Stalking Unit and an Assistant City Attorney in Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein’s Office

Session will be hosted at

Miami Valley Communications Council
1195 East Alex Bell Road, Centerville, OH

Limited space available

No Cost for MVCC Members/$10 Affiliates/$15 Partner Members  $20 Non Members

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For questions contact Yolanda Stephens, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 937.424.1663


Webinar:Strategies for Effective Leadership

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invites you to attend

Municipal Training Academy

Strategies for effective leadership

This webinar will give you the clarity, definition and practical methods you need to become and achieve the mission of being a quality leader.   
The core of this webinar is specific strategies and tactics you can use to be a better leader. Principles and theories will be mentioned but the application of specific strategies and tactics will be the focus. You will learn exactly how you must behave as a leader to be impactful. You will be able to identify the various types of leadership and why, when and how they are effective. You will walk away with a clear image of why you believe what you do, how to implement a leadership strategy and how to get the maximum results.
Areas Covered in the Session:
• What is leadership? What is management?
• Discover the different types of leaders and which type is best
• How to use power in the workplace
• Learn the practical aspects of establishing goal clarity
• Building balanced high achieving teams
• Develop the practice of mastering your personal organization skills
• How to balance the four primary functions of all leaders
• You will explore the art and science of effective communication
• Results are the ultimate goal, how do you measure and achieve the right things

Who should attend:

Anyone who wants to improve their leadership skills, especially managers


Thursday, January 25, 2018
1:00pm - 2:30pm

Where: Miami Valley Communications Council
1195 E. Alex Bell Rd.  Centerville, OH 45459


$10 Members/$15 Affiliates
Space is limited!  Please register within 5 days of training date to attend




Register at MVCC Online Registration or visit
Cancellations must be made within 1 week prior to the day of training; otherwise your city will be charged the course fee.



Yolanda Stephens, MVCC, Municipal Training Academy
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