Certified Government CIO Program Seeks Students

University program teaches senior-level IT managers in government the skills they need to be an effective CIO.

by / July 20, 2012 0

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Pennsylvania announced on Thursday, July 19, that it is accepting nominations for the Certified Government Chief Information Officer (CGCIO) program.

The program tailored for would-be CIOs is accepting applications through Sept. 10.
The program, which will run from October to July, will accept 25 senior-level IT managers in government and teach them through “presentations, group exercises, networking, peer learning and a capstone project.” The program is partnered with the national Consortium for State and Local Government Technology Leadership Development.

Established in 2008, the consortium includes the University of North Carolina’s Center for Public Technology, the Florida Institute of Government at Florida State University, and the Public Technology Institute in partnership with Rutgers University. More than 600 public-sector IT leaders have participated in the CGCIO program since 2005, according to Harrisburg University.
“The role of the IT executive within government is quickly changing and expanding,” the CGCIO program’s website reads. “Just knowing how technology works is no longer sufficient for those responsible for leading IT organizations. Public-sector IT executives are expected to have a comprehensive knowledge of areas such as communications, finance, human resources, policy making, management practices and how to effectively connect the technology to the business needs.”

For more information, visit Harrisburg University’s website.

Correction: A previous version of this story was imprecise about the CGCIO program. The story has been modified to clarify that Harrisburg University's CGCIO program is the only one of its kind in Pennsylvania -- not the nation. Govtech.com regrets the mischaracterization.