ACCG, Georgia’s County Association, recently awarded county officials with certificates for completing requirements in the Lifelong Learning Academy. Recipients were presented with their achievement certificates during the 2019 ACCG Annual Conference held at the Savannah Convention Center earlier this month. Henry County Chair June Wood and Henry County District II Commissioner Dee Clemmons were honored for successfully completing the core requirements in the Lifelong Learning Academy.
Both Wood and Clemmons completed 66 credit hours of rigorous coursework to receive the Certified County Commissioner designation. Clemons expressed her appreciation for the experience and plans to continue classes to earn advanced certification.
“As a lifelong learner and proponent of education, I appreciate the opportunity to learn best practices in serving the citizens of Henry County,” said Clemmons. “I look forward to continuing my education with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government and the ACCG in working towards Advanced Certification, in order to best represent my constituents and support policies and initiatives that are in the best interest of the county.”
Wood also highlighted the importance of learning best practices and setting priorities in order to move the county in a positive direction.
“I actively engaged and took away a great deal of information and best practices while participating in the academy. The knowledge I gained will help me in continuing my efforts to work conscientiously to identify priorities and help set goals to move Henry County in a positive direction,” said Wood.
For more than two decades ACCG and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia have collaborated to offer supplemental training and educational tools in the Lifelong Learning Academy. With abundant courses to choose from, every county official has a tailor-made learning experience that allows them to excel in specific areas of expertise.
“Counties in Georgia face a constantly evolving set of challenges which elected and appointed officials must address in order to lead effectively,” stated Dave Wills, ACCG’s Executive Director. “The Lifelong Learning Academy was created to help county officials expand their skillset, equipping them to address the challenges they face and to take advantage of opportunities to improve their respective communities.”
The Lifelong Learning Academy was created with input from county commissioners who identified courses based on the issues and decision-making challenges regularly faced by county officials. To ensure the course requirements and curriculum remain relevant and engaging, the ACCG Lifelong Learning Committee – comprised of county commissioners and staff from both ACCG and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia – meet regularly to review and adjust accordingly. Through this collaborative approach, the Lifelong Learning Academy has been successful in equipping county officials with the necessary skills to meet the needs of their constituents.