January 11 , 2006

Sacramento State partners with state
agencies to prepare leadership pipeline

Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez, along with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Roderick Q. Hickman, and Caltrans Director Will Kempton, kicked off an innovative Leadership Development Program today aimed at preparing the next generation of leaders in state government.

The program-which will be offered through the University's College of Continuing Education-is designed to address the fast-approaching retirement of the majority of state agency managers and leaders. Agencies such as Caltrans and the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, two of the largest departments in state government, face an urgent need for a succession plan that takes into account available time, money and resources. By partnering with the already-established leadership programs of the College of Continuing Education, those resources can be stretched much further.

"This partnership is a natural extension of Sacramento State's role in educating the state's future leaders," says University President Alexander Gonzalez. "Our location in the state capital makes us ideally positioned to help meet the current and future needs of the state government and its employees."

Caltrans began partnering with Sac State on leadership development five years ago, resulting in nearly 500 graduates to meet their retirement and hiring needs. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation begins its own partnership with Sacramento State today to train replacements for an estimated 1,500 retiring correctional employees each year for the next three years.

"One of the major organizational goals for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is workforce excellence," CDCR Secretary Roderick Q. Hickman explains. "Our success depends on our ability to attract, train, develop, and retain a qualified workforce. The partnership with Sac State and Caltrans puts us on track to attain that goal and ensure that we'll have qualified employees that will be well equipped in meeting the demands of the corrections profession."

Media assistance is available by contacting Sacramento State Public Affairs at (916) 278-6156 or the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation at (916) 445-4950.

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