County Comment: Employees Recognized for Certifications

County Comment
Employees Recognized for Certifications
by Norman Bassett
Washington County Public Information Officer

In the regular meeting of the Washington County Board of County Commissioners on June 21st, eleven employees were recognized as having completed the "Going for the Gold" management training program sponsored jointly by the Washington County Training Office and Hagerstown Community College.
Since 1997, the Training Office and HCC's Division for Continuing Education have offered employee development courses in government management and support. The series is designed to improve employee skills, knowledge and abilities, and employees completing the coursework are certified in Government Supervisory Management or Office Support Management.
In order to be certified candidates had to take a minimum of 24 course hours in a core curriculum and elective courses. 11 employees completed this most recent series. Receiving Government Supervisory Management Certificates were: Rocky Bishop and Mark Bradshaw from the Department of Water Quality; Bernard Canfield from Highways, Rick Curry from Purchasing, Randy Edwards from Engineering, Angie Loewenheim of Budget and Finance, Kenny Rickett of Buildings Grounds & Parks, Misty Wagner-Grillo and Jennifer Kinzer of the Planning Department. Receiving the Office Support Management Certification are: Joanne Morgan of the Purchasing Department and Irene Rosenberry of Central Services. Bishop and Rosenberry were unable to attend the ceremony.
Completion of the training series is noted in the employee's personnel file, and can be useful in achieving promotion in County government.
The courses, taught at HCC's Valley Mall site, are open to employees of all local governments in Washington County. Over the last several years, many employees who were promoted to higher positions as supervisors or office managers have been graduates of this program.
Commissioners' Vice-President Bill Wivell commended the graduates and presented them with Certificates of Merit from the Commissioners. County Human Resources Director Dave Hankinson presented recognition plaques from HCC.