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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.

MTA TRAINING ON DEMAND:

More Training Opportunities:

 

Webinar: Private Financing of Public Projects

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!

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2018 OMAA/OML WEBINAR:

PRIVATE FINANCING OF PUBLIC PROJECTS

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 
11:00 to 12:00 p.m.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW:
The webinar will focus on how municipalities may utilize sale-leasebacks to free up debt, or avoid issuing more debt, while still financing major capital projects. We will look at the legal authority granted by the Ohio Revised Code to complete these transactions, examples of different types of sale-leasebacks, and legal obstacles that might present themselves. In addition, we will examine a typical timeline of events for a sale-leaseback to be completed, from start to finish, plus how to overcome the varying obstacles that might present themselves.

PRESENTERS: Mike Gabrail, Crossroads Group
Mike graduated from Miami University in 2011 with a degree in Accounting. After graduating from Miami, Mike went to study law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor. After graduating from CWRU, he went on to practice law at McDonald Hopkins LLC in Cleveland, Ohio and was affiliated with the firm for three years. Since 2015, Mike has worked full time as an executive with Crossroads Group. He is married and resides in Bath, Ohio.

Session will be hosted at

Miami Valley Communications Council
1195 East Alex Bell Rd.  Centerville, OH 45459

Limited space available

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

 

Click here to Register Now or visit http://mvcc.training

REGISTER BY MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH !

 

Note: Cancellations within 5 business days or no-shows will incur the registration fee
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: Nuisance Abatement

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!

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2019 OMAA/OML WEBINAR:

NUISANCE ABATEMENT

Thursday, March 14, 2019 
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW:
Ohio municipalities have broad authority to address nuisance properties. These properties generally fall into two categories: 1.) properties with chronic code violations, and 2.) properties with chronic criminal activity. Chronic code violations include vacant & abandoned housing and occupied housing with substandard living conditions. Chronic criminal activity includes drug trafficking, prostitution and illegal liquor sales.

Nuisance properties can be as small as a single-family home or as large as an apartment complex or hotel. This webinar will provide effective, and practical, methods to address any type of nuisance property in your municipality.

PRESENTERS: Steve Dunbar, Section Chief, Zone Initiative, Office of City Attorney Zach Klein 
Steve Dunbar is an Assistant City Attorney in Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein’s office. Steve is the Section Chief of the City Attorney’s Zone Initiative Team, which works closely with the Division of Police, Code Enforcement, other city departments and community organizations to abate nuisance properties that blight Columbus’s neighborhoods.

Steve has also worked in the Columbus City Attorney’s Police Legal Advisor Section and the Prosecution Section. Prior to joining the Columbus City Attorney’s Office, Steve was an Assistant Law Director in Marysville, where he was also in private practice.

Session will be hosted at

Miami Valley Communications Council
1195 East Alex Bell Rd.  Centerville, OH 45459

Limited space available

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

 

Click here to Register Now or visit http://mvcc.training

REGISTER BY MONDAY, MARCH 11TH !

 

Note: Cancellations within 5 business days or no-shows will incur the registration fee
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: How to avoid an ACA Reporting Penalty

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!

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2019 OMAA/OML WEBINAR: HOW TO AVOID AN ACA REPORTING PENALTY AND WHAT TO DO IF YOU GET ONE

 March 28, 2019 – 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW:
Over the course of the past three Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reporting seasons, we’ve learned some valuable lessons about where employers may stumble when complying with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Attendees will learn about critical factors that place employers at risk of receiving a proposed penalty notice from the IRS. This workshop will walk participants through the Employer Shared Responsibility Payment (ESRP) response process, from responding to IRS Letter 226-J through requesting a pre-assessment conference with the IRS Office of Appeals.

Attendees will go home with a checklist of areas they should review to avoid common pitfalls in ACA reporting compliance. Each lesson will be illustrated with case studies.

Learning Objectives:

  • What should we look for to assess penalty risk?
  • How do we respond if the IRS proposes a penalty?
  • What best practices can we adopt to avoid common missteps and prevent penalties to begin with?

 

PRESENTER: Jessica Frier, American Fidelity Jessica Frier, JD, 
Helps organizations make sound labor, personnel and employee benefits decisions by guiding stakeholders through the choices that will impact their bottom line and keep them in compliance with the law. A licensed attorney since 2009, for the past five years her consulting has focused exclusively on public sector and education organizations. Her background as a labor and employment litigator positions her to be more than just a knowledgeable resource on personnel issues.  Jessica is speaks at regional and national association events and she develops and oversees the production of whitepapers, articles, newsletters, and trainings for both American Fidelity staff and clients, regularly giving webinars and offering expert perspectives on regulatory, legislative and compliance developments.

Session will be hosted at

Miami Valley Communications Council
1195 East Alex Bell Rd. Centerville, OH

Limited space available

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

 

Click here to Register Now or visit http://mvcc.training

REGISTER BY MONDAY, JANUARY 14TH!

 

Note: Cancellations within 5 business days or no-shows will incur the registration fee

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

Planning & Zoning Board Essentials

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Planning & Zoning Board Essentials

Foundation of Planning: Land Use Law Essentials

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Dinner: 5:30 pm
Program: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Running Productive Board Meetings

Thursday, March 28, 2019
Dinner: 5:30 pm
Program: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Interpreting Site Plans to Make Decisions

Thursday, April 4, 2019
Dinner: 5:30 pm
Program: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Who  should attend:

New & Existing Board/Commission Members

Location:

Miami Valley Communication Council

Second Floor Conference Room

1195 E. Alex Bell Road

Centerville, Ohio

Cost:

MVCC Member $25/Affiliate Cities $35/$45 Partners/$55 Non-members

Register Online:

Attendance at all three sessions is required for completion. To register click  link below:

MVCC Online Registration

Questions?

Yolanda Stephens, MVCC, Municipal Training Academy

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Microsoft Word 2013 - Intermediate

 

 

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Municipal Training Academy
Microsoft Word 2013: Intermediate

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This course is for those who want to gain a level two understanding of Microsoft Office Word 2013.
This session will cover:
Working with tables and charts
Customizing formats using styles and themes
Using images in a document
Creating custom graphic elements
Inserting content using quick parts
Controlling text flow
Using templates
Using mail merge
Using macros

Presenter:   Kathleen Wourms
Kathleen earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Dayton.  At Andersen Consulting she worked in all phases of the systems development life cycle for custom systems development (define user requirements, system design, detail design, programming, testing, implementation, post implementation support) for both government and industry clients.  She transitioned to the engagement management practice and worked in the area of project financial control (financial analysis/reporting).  She is a longtime volunteer for local schools in the areas of database management & financial control.  She currently is a Microsoft Office trainer for Omnicom Solutions Group.


Who should attend:


Open to all MVCC Members and Affiliates

 When:

 
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
830am to 4:00pm

Miami Valley Communications Council
1195 E. Alex-Bell Rd.
Centerville, Ohio 45459
Cost:


$40 MVCC Members/$50 Affiliate Members/$60 Partner Members

Registration:

Registration limited to 15, so register now! You must register to attend.  

Register at www.mvcc.training

If you must cancel, please notify MVCC five business days prior to the day of training, otherwise your city will be charged the training fee.

Questions?

Yolanda Stephens, MVCC, Municipal Training Academy

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 937-424-1663

Register at MVCC Online Registration or visit www.mvcc.training

 

2013 Excel Level 2

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Municipal Training Academy

Excel 2013 Level 2

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This course is for those who want to gain the foundational understanding of Microsoft Office Excel 2013 in order to create and work with electronic spreadsheets.

This session will cover:
• Intermediate editing and formatting techniques
• Creating charts
• Using absolute cell references
• Working with a list
• Using logical functions
• Linking worksheets within a workbook
• Using financial functions
• Controlling the worksheet display
• Using date/time functions
• Adding pictures and diagrams to worksheets

Presenter: Kathleen Wourms
Kathleen earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Dayton.  At Andersen Consulting she worked in all phases of the systems development life cycle for custom systems development (define user requirements, system design, detail design, programming, testing, implementation, post implementation support) for both government and industry clients.  She transitioned to the engagement management practice and worked in the area of project financial control (financial analysis/reporting).  She is a longtime volunteer for local schools in the areas of database management & financial control.  She currently is a Microsoft Office trainer for Omnicom Solutions Group
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Who should attend:

Open to all MVCC Members and Affiliates

When & Where:

Thursday, May 16, 2019
8:30AM to 4:00PM

Miami Valley Communications Council
1195 E. Alex Bell Rd.
Centerville, Ohio


Cost:


$40 MVCC Members/$50 Affiliate Members/$60 Partner Members

Registration:

Registration limited to 15! Register now! You must register to attend.  
Register at www.mvcc.training

If you must cancel, please notify MVCC one week prior to the day of training,
otherwise your city will be charged the training fee.

Questions?

Yolanda Stephens, MVCC, Municipal Training Academy

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 937-424-1663

Dealing with Personality Differences

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Dealing with Personality

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Do you understand what makes you ‘tick?’ Chances are, you might not. All too often, we do not understand why we do what we do. Nor do we understand why others do what they do.

Do you want to know more about your personality? Do you work with someone whose personality just doesn’t mesh with yours?  Do you have a difficult co-worker or customer that rubs you the wrong way?  Personalities can make or break a team and the work environment.  Each personality brings its’ own strengths and challenges.  In this workshop you will learn your personality type, pitfalls to avoid and strengths to leverage.  You will also learn why others “act the way that they do” and how you can leverage one another’s tendencies in order to be successful.
In this session you will:
• Identify your personality type and how it impacts your team
• Learn to maximize your style and understand the styles of others to increase your effectiveness 
• Discover better ways of working together in a collaborative environment
• Recognize how preferences can impact conflicts and their resolution
• Make organizational decisions that take into account possibilities, consequences, and the impact on people
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Instructor: Yolanda N. Stephens, Municipal Training Academy
Yolanda brings over 20 years of experience in human resources, training and organizational development. She manages the training program for Miami Valley Communications Council and oversees the Municipal Training Academy, supporting over 30 local cities.  Yolanda also teaches soft skills courses in leadership development, human resources, generational diversity, strategic planning and more. 
Dates & Locations:
(choose one date)
February 21, 2019
8:30AM to 12:30PM
Miami Valley Comm. Council
1195 East Alex Bell Rd.
Centerville, OH 
Register by Feb. 15th
March 28, 2019
8:30AM to 12:30PM
Miami Valley Comm. Council
1195 East Alex Bell Rd.
Centerville, OH 
Register by Mar. 22nd
April 3, 2019
8:30AM to 12:30PM

Vandalia Justice Center
245 James Bohannon Drive
Vandalia, OH 45377
Register by Mar. 29th
Cost: $25 Members/$35 Affiliates
Register:

Space is limited !  Register early!
Register at MVCC Online Registration or visit www.mvcc.training

Cancellations must be made within 1 week prior to the day of training; otherwise your city will be charged the course fee. 
Questions: Contact Yolanda Stephens, MVCC, Municipal Training Academy 
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Peer To Supervisor: Making the Transition

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Peer To Supervisor: Making the Transition
Wednesday, March 6th 2019  8:30AM - 12:30PM
Thursday March 14th  8:30AM to 12:30PM

MVCC 1195 E. Alex Bell Rd.  Centerville, OH 45459

If you have recently transitioned into a management position or are hoping for that opportunity, it can mark a major accomplishment in your career. You will have new responsibilities, accountabilities and opportunities to build your professional skills and experience.

With this opportunity comes the need for a new perspective and to approach your job differently. It is no longer business as usual.  If you are transitioning from a peer to the leader the dynamic can be challenging.

In this session will we discuss some of the challenges you may face as well as provide steps for a successful peer to supervisor transition. In this session you will:

  • Understand the responsibilities of a supervisor
  • Learn steps for a successfully navigating the transition from a peer to supervisor
  • Discover ways to effectively managing your former peers
  • Discuss how new managers overcome the challenges facing their new role while in leading and effectively build a team with former peers
  • Learn from a Peer Panel of those who have made the transition successfully!  You will have the opportunity to ask the experts!

Who Should Attend:

When/Where:

Those who are new to a supervisory role or who will be moving into one.

Wednesday March 6th, 2019

8:30 am to 12:00pm
MVCC 1195 E. Alex Bell Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459

 Thursday, March 14th, 2019

8:30 am to 12:00pm
MVCC 1195 E. Alex Bell Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459

Costs:  MVCC Members $25/Affiliates $35
Registration:

Space is limited!  Please register within 5 days of the training date to attend

Click HERE to Register
or visit www.mvcc.training
Cancellations must be made within 5 business days prior to the day of training; otherwise your city will be charged the course fee.

Questions?

Yolanda Stephens, MVCC, Municipal Training Academy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.937-424-1663

Supervisor Development Program

 

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 MAY  7th, 8th, 9th,  2019

The Supervisor Development Program focuses on critical skills needed for effective supervision and addresses many of the day to day demands and challenges of being a supervisor. This three day workshop is designed to be practical, engaging and provide ample opportunities to try out ideas and approaches. The workshop is delivered by a group of distinguished leaders who have real world experience.

Day 1: Leadership

  • Understand the difference in leading versus managing.
  • Recognize how personality affects the way you manage others.
  • Assess your leadership style strengths and needed areas of improvement.

Day 2: Communications 360

  • Identify how to approach others in the workplace, considering individual communication styles
  • Understand four core communication styles and realize how each person's style contributes to the dynamics of a department or team.
  • Recognize how conflicts escalate and practice strategies for turning conflict into constructive, productive conversations.
  • Identify the five types of responses to conflict and your preferred style.
  • Apply communication practices such as: active listening, empathy reflective response, and I-Messages to workplace situations.

Day 3: Employment Best Practices

  • Apply the best ways to treat employees throughout the employment life cycle including selection, performance management, constructive discipline and termination
  • Understand key employment laws and reasons for them
  • Recognize employment situations that can get you and your city in trouble

Who should attend (open to MVCC Members and Affiliate Members):
New and existing supervisors, team or crew leads, or anyone with people responsibilities seeking to improve their supervisory effectiveness.

When:  May 7, 8, 9th

Time:
8:30 am – 4:00 pm each day


Where: MVCC, 1195 E. Alex Bell Road, Centerville, OH 

Fee: $60 Members/$75 Affiliate Members
(please note, if you register and do not attend or cancel within three days prior
to training, your city will be charged the training fee)

Training is limited to 25 member cities, so register NOW!
Register at www.mvcc.training!

Questions? Contact Yolanda Stephens, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 937-424-1663.