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Minnesota Municipal Clerks Institute (MMCI)

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MCFOA - Minnesota Clerks & Finance Officers Association

 

MINNESOTA MUNICIPAL CLERKS INSTITUTE (MMCI)

 

May 2 - 6, 2016

 

Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West

Plymouth, Minnesota

 

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GENERAL PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Minnesota Clerks and Finance Officers Association (MCFOA) and St. Cloud State University’s Center for Continuing Studies invite you to participate in the Minnesota Municipal Clerks Institute (MMCI or Institute). The MMCI is a three-year continuing education program leading to professional accreditation.

Each year the Institute consists of a required five day, 40 hour curriculum, for a total of 120 hours of programming over the three year period. Once participants have completed the mandatory 120 hour curriculum, they become graduates of the Institute.

This is an exceptional and internationally accredited program, for which SCSU is the only authorized provider in Minnesota. The International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) has set forth the guidelines and accredits the Institute.

Clerks successfully completing the three year Institute program are awarded 50 points toward the Education requirements of the Minnesota Certified Municipal Clerk (MCMC) designation.  Graduates must apply to the MCFOA for this certification, showing 25 points in the Experience category and 3 years of active membership in the MCFOA in addition to their 50 Education points.

MMCI graduates can also apply for certification from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks for the Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) designation which requires 60 points in Education and 50 experiences points with two years of active membership in the IIMC.

 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES - WHY ATTEND?

The MMCI offers top-notch courses that are directly applicable to work in the field. Planned by a committee of accredited and experienced professionals, the program emphasizes professional development in the areas of public administration, social and interpersonal skills, and special topics central to emerging issues in the field. Specifically, Institute coursework focuses on the development of administrative knowledge, critical thinking skills, financial management, leadership abilities, social and interpersonal skills, and technical skills. Participants learn to view problems from multiple perspectives and to refine their problem solving techniques. Courses combine lecture, discussion, and hands-on training, and are taught by experts in the field with a focus on practical, how-to education.

 

Utilizing accredited and experienced professionals allows the Institute to recognize the critical role of the municipal clerk in serving both large and small cities. No matter what size city, clerks are constantly learning how to adapt resources to meet greater demands. The Institute provides a valuable opportunity to help cities extend those resources.

 

The MMCI provides an invaluable networking opportunity for discussion and idea sharing among clerks from throughout Minnesota (again, from municipalities of all sizes), thereby helping participants to build a network for problem solving that continues long after the formal sessions end. Building this resource network is an efficient and cost-effective way to help clerks with their professional growth.

 

This training program strives to enhance the quality, professional competence and performance of municipal clerks in the state of Minnesota. The intent of training is to improve local governance and thus improve service to the local citizen.

 

The Institute delivers the following outcomes:

•             Participants will be well-versed in the theory and practice of their profession and learn how to keep abreast of new laws or changes affecting the profession.

•             Participants will be able to apply what they have learned to their jobs.

•             Participants will be able to gain insight into their profession through contact with instructors and through a network of experienced municipal clerks.

•             Participants will be able to attain their CMC certification within three years if they have also obtained the IIMC required experience points and meet IIMC membership requirements. Graduates of the Institute can also apply for the designation of MCMC if they have also obtained the MCFOA required experience points and meet MCFOA membership requirements.


See Week at a Glance
as a PDF.

 

WHAT ELSE?

INSTITUTE MCFOA BOARD POLICIES

ALL CURRICULUM HOURS ARE MANDATORY, AND REGISTRANTS WHO DO NOT COMPLETE THE REQUIRED CURRICULUM WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ADVANCE TO THE NEXT LEVEL TOWARDS GRADUATION.

There is a strict adherence to punctuality in each session and no cell phone calls or texting are allowed in the classroom. Attendance will be tracked.

In rare instances related to emergencies, excused absences are allowed if approved by the Institute Director. These excused absences will require a “makeup assignment” that is provided by the Institute Director (who will collaborate with the instructor prior to the end of the programming). 

PARTICIPANTS WHO FAIL TO COMPLY WITH ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY REQUIREMENTS WILL NOT RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION. 

 

ASSESSMENT


Through hands-on exercises and mandatory session-specific tests, participants assess their understanding of Institute concepts. Completing multiple-choice tests after each session allows participants to ensure they have mastered course materials and can apply Institute concepts to their jobs.

 

See full PARTICIPANT PROGRAM OVERVIEW as a PDF here.

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS


The Institute also offers 4.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). One CEU is defined as 10 contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS


The Minnesota Clerks and Finance Officers Association (MCFOA) is a membership organization open to the Municipal Clerks and Finance Officers of the 855 Minnesota cities. Members are eligible to apply to MCFOA for an MMCI scholarship. You must be a paid member to apply. For more information, please visit: www.mcfoa.org.

If you are applying for a scholarship please register after you receive notification from the MCFOA of their decision. You will be able to complete your registration prior to the April 8, 2016 early registration deadline.  The Institute will still have space for you.

 

REGISTRATION AND FEES

The Institute fee for MCFOA members is $410 if postmarked by April 8, 2016 and $430 after April 8, 2016. The non-MCFOA member fee is $450 if postmarked by April 8, 2016 and $470 after April 8. This fee includes instruction, course materials, four lunches, refreshment breaks, a Welcome Social on Monday, and a Thursday evening Banquet. Banquet guest tickets are $30. Refund of the registration fee, minus a $30 processing fee, will be granted to written cancellations received by April 8, 2016. The University reserves the right to cancel the Institute, if necessary.

 

ONLINE REGISTRATION (With MCFOA membership) - Credit card payment*

ONLINE REGISTRATION (Without MCFOA membership) - Credit card payment*

* For Windows 8 users, please be aware there are two versions of Internet Explorer on your device - Metro and Desktop. To use our registration site, you must use the Desktop version of Internet Explorer, and not the Metro version. To start the Desktop version, click on or touch the Desktop tile on the Start screen. Then you will see the Internet Explorer icon in the task bar. This is the Desktop version which should be used for registration. If you are in Internet Explorer and the URL address is at the bottom of the screen, you are in the Metro version, should close it and open the desktop version following the instructions above.

 

PAPER REGISTRATION FORM (PDF)

 

ACCOMMODATIONS


PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE NOW TWO ROOM BLOCKS

BLOCK 1:
Crowne Plaza
A block of sleeping rooms has been reserved at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, 3131 Campus Drive, Plymouth, MN 55441. You can call the hotel directly at 763-559-6600 and mention that you are attending the Minnesota Municipal Clerks Institute (MMCI) to receive the special room rate of $105 per night plus tax. Please note that all rooms are now booked for Thursday May 5. Reservations will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

BLOCK 2:
Ramada Plymouth
A block of sleeping rooms has also been reserved at the Ramada Plymouth Hotel And Conference Center, 2705 Annapolis Ln N, Plymouth, MN 55441. The Ramada is a newly renovated (as of March 1) neighboring property to Crown Plaza only 5 minutes away. You can call the hotel directly at 763-553-1600 and mention that you are attending the Minnesota Municipal Clerks Institute to receive the special room rate of $77 per night plus tax. Reservations are guaranteed until April 18, 2016. After this date, reservations will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS


To ensure full participation in this workshop, please inform us about any dietary requirements or disability accommodations that should be addressed prior to your arrival.

 

PARKING

Free parking is available at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 

For registration questions, please contact:

Roxann Neu
320-308-4962
reneu@stcloudstate.edu

For program questions, please contact:

Jennifer Janasie
320-308-3050
jjanasie@stcloudstate.edu

 

INSTITUTE/EDUCATION COMMITTEE

The purpose of the Institute Committee is to review the Minnesota Municipal Clerks Institute evaluations and curriculum and to advise the Institute Director regarding content of future Institute programs. This Committee is established in the Constitution.

Margaret Webb, Greenfield (Co-Chair)

Jen Ames, Hitterdal (Co-Chair)

Lisa Acker, Red Wing

Gina Ellingson, Henning

Sabrina Hegg, Akeley

Sue Iverson, Arden Hills

Debra Mangen, Edina

Lonnie Neuner, Lake Park

Marita Rhude, Barrett

Laurie Schell, Barnesville

Diane Tiegs, Orono

Krista Weigel, Kasson

Jennifer Janasie, St. Cloud State (Ex-Officio)

Terri Boese, Dassel (Ex-Officio)

 

SCSU POLICIES

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