New education offering for public service professionals
Chicago-based Kaplan University has launched its College of Public Service. The new college brings together Kaplan University’s existing schools—Graduate Education, Arts & Sciences and Public Safety—under one college encompassing a variety of disciplines with the common thread being public service.
With 40 degree and certificate programs, the new college equips students with the knowledge and experience to further their careers in the government or nonprofit sectors. Programs such as Education, Fire Science, and Psychology are offered at the bachelor’s and master’s levels.
“The College of Public Service combines disciplines which share a vital mission serving the needs of the public and more broadly, the greater society,” said Wade Dyke, president of Kaplan University. “The joining of the Graduate Education, Arts & Sciences and Public Safety programs provides students greater access to a broader assortment of course offerings and expert faculty, fostering collaboration and encouraging dialogue and the exchange of ideas among current and future public servants dedicated to building and enhancing our society.”
Along with the introduction of the College of Public Service, Kaplan has announced the creation of an online information resource center. The online resource will provide Kaplan University students, alumni and the general public with information, services and opportunities related to the public service field. It will also act as an interactive community for Kaplan University faculty to share their expertise and counsel based on their real life experiences.
Kaplan University has established the Kaplan University Empowerment Awards for Public Service Teams program. The awards program will recognize the work of teams nationwide involved in delivering public services, whether they are in the government or nonprofit sector. The award categories align with the College of Public Service’s degree programs and include: Human Services, Public Administration, Criminal Justice Administration, Homeland Security, Public Education and Fire and Emergency Management.
“The Kaplan Public Service Empowerment Awards program will call much-deserved attention to the accomplishments of extraordinary teams throughout the nation who have chosen to not only make a career of public service, but also enhance the quality of life throughout our communities,” said Connie Bosse, vice president of the Kaplan University College of Public Service. “We felt it was important to recognize the work of teams rather than individuals because teamwork is a core attribute shared by our nation’s best public servants and one we emphasize at the Kaplan University College of Public Service.”
Go here for information on how to nominate a public service team for the Kaplan awards program.