Students who attended the 2019-2020 Barnstable class of the MMA-Suffolk University Certificate in Local Government Leadership and Management program gathered May 22 for their Zoom graduation.

The 13th and 14th classes of the MMA-Suffolk University Certificate in Local Government Leadership and Management program graduated on May 22.

The 57 graduates attended the programs in Barnstable and Littleton over the course of the 2019-2020 academic year. Classes for the final two months of the program, and the graduation ceremonies, were held remotely.

“Municipal government affects our citizens more than any other level,” said John Petrin, a retired town manager and coordinator for the MMA-Suffolk programs. “It is where the government literally hits the pavement. One of our most important tasks is to ensure that we provide education and training to develop our next generation of local leaders. The MMA and Suffolk have been collaborating now for 10 years to do just that.”

The MMA and Suffolk are preparing to hold programs in Danvers and Shrewsbury in the fall.

For more information about the program, visit www.mma.org/certificate.

Finance seminar

Students who attended the 2019-2020 Littleton class of the MMA-Suffolk University Certificate in Local Government Leadership and Management program gathered on May 22 for their Zoom graduation.

The MMA and Suffolk are also preparing to hold the fourth Municipal Finance Management Seminar this fall in Southborough. The application is available on the MMA website, and the deadline is 5 p.m. on July 31.

The seminar is designed to provide an overview of municipal finance in Massachusetts, including operational aspects of finance structure, and systems and processes in Massachusetts cities and towns. Topics include budgeting, financial reporting, treasury functions, property assessment, and costing out contracts.

The seminar is for municipal officials interested in furthering their careers in municipal finance as well as for employees who are new to municipal finance. Applicants must be employed by a city or town, and must have the approval of their municipal manager, administrator or mayor to apply.

The program will be held in Southborough on five Fridays beginning in November. Classes are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the last class including a panel discussion and celebratory lunch. The cost of the seminar is $825.

The program application can be found on the MMA website under Featured Services, and completed applications can be sent to seminars@mma.org.

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