Renewal Letter for 2013
MC&T State Certification Program
The official training program for Municipal Clerks, Treasurers, and Finance Officers as specified in Oklahoma Statutes Title 11, Section 52-105.
For directions and maps to the technology center facilities, please visit the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education website at http://www.okcareertech.org/
How Can You Become Certified?
For municipal clerks, treasurers and finance officers, achieving your state certification is an important step to successfully navigating the many laws and regulations governing municipal government. While it can’t all be learned in a day – most of us have been learning for years – it is a good way to become the best municipal official possible. We truly are all in this together!
The MC&T Program is the Oklahoma Municipal League’s Clerk/Treasurer/Finance Officer Certification Program. It has operated since 1994 through a training contract with Career/Tech, which was originally statutorily appointed to train this group. Each year beginning on July 1, regional meetings are held at locations throughout the state with trainers who are municipal attorneys, clerks, treasurers or finance officers. The training of city and town officials by city and town officials is a hallmark of this program. The intent is to partner with a community to co-host the event with refreshments, food, etc.
An Advisory Committee designed by the Oklahoma Legislature meets a couple of times a year to discuss and advise OML on location and curriculum. Currently, the Advisory Committee is represented by city officials from Durant, Harrah, Midwest City and Stillwater, and a representative of the Oklahoma Department of Career Tech.
This year the Advisory Committee met on March 13, 2009 to plan the 2009-2010 regional program. After intensive discussion, the Advisory Committee decided to focus greater efforts to certify clerks and treasurers from small and medium communities. The training was expanded farther into outlying regions for greater accessibility of those from smaller municipalities. The goal was to reach those municipal officials who would have the most difficulty in traveling or being away from the office for a day.
This fiscal year the training is scheduled for two locations in Western Oklahoma, Alva and Altus, two locations in the Central part of the State, Ardmore & Ponca City, and two locations in Eastern Oklahoma, McAlester & Pryor. In addition, OML will host a seventh program in the Clinton/Weatherford area.
Previously, the OML Handbook was utilized for training, but at the request of the Advisory Committee in 2003, the old training book used by Ernest Dirks from CareerTech was resurrected and updated for training purposes. OML staff manages the program, updates the handbook yearly with new legislation and information, meets with the Advisory Committee, and schedules the training, location and the trainers. We undertake a range of duties to make the programs happen – including being the central point of contact as well as notifying, attending and facilitating the training, and delivering books and updates for the convenience of the attendees.
You can join the certification program by registering with OML. The $50 registration fee for yearly certification entitles the registrant to a special training manual specifically geared to clerks, treasurers and finance officers, one free all-day training at one of several regional workshops, and a yearly certificate for proof of certification.
For more information, please visit the OML website at www.oml.org. Place your curser on the blue “education” button on the left hand side of the homepage and click on the pop-up box “MC&T” or contact Sue Thurston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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