The challenges before public works professionals are becoming more and more complex each and every day. To meet this need, APWA recently launched its strategic solution, the APWA Donald C. Stone Center (DCS Center) for Leadership Excellence in Public Works. The DCS Center is the place to go for training, instruction and education for all public works professionals. It is a system of career paths with progressive educational experiences that lead to certificates, certifications, CEUs, undergraduate and graduate credits, and degrees. 

The DCS Center offers four programs with the Leadership and Management career path.  Applicants are encouraged to apply for the highest level for which they qualify, based on years of experience and education.

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Participants may progress along one or more career paths based upon interests, experience, and goals. Each path has entry requirements, progressive levels, professional development plans, pre- and post-assessments, and access to mentors. The Leadership and Management career path also has credentialing designations.