Profiles: Solano County

Solano County

Solano County

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"Our cohort consists of 19 county employees from various departments from Auditing, IT, to the CIOs office. Its truly great for sharing experiences and for group projects. The learning directly relates to our organization."

-- Karl Cook, MPA student, Staff Analyst, Solano County Health and Social Services

Solano County had significant interest from employees who wanted to expand their education, but the closest campus was miles away. The high cost and time constraints of commuting felt like a barrier for some. GGU broke down the barriers by bringing education to the employees with a combination local on-site cohort classrooms and online learning. GGU also worked closely with the County to create an Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) program tailored to the specific educational needs of Solano County's employees. That gave space for the in-class sessions to concentrate on subject matter that was more pertinent to the County's needs.

For example, there was one course GGU usually offers in-class, but because many Solano County civil servants had completed a rigorous training in this same field already, GGU allowed the course to be taken online instead. That gave space for the in-class sessions to concentrate on subject matter that was more pertinent to the county's needs.