News | 10 Nov 2017

Trust members benefit from “invaluable” leadership training

More than 100 members of the Delaware Valley Trusts have earned their Penn State Municipal Leadership Certificate (MLC) in the last two years while hundreds more are working to complete the program.  What makes the MLC so important to Trust members? Its unique blend of management courses are designed to support the training and development needs of local government managers, supervisors, and staff. Electives are built into the curriculum so participants may make choices that suit their interests.

According to the Trusts’ Director of Member Services Carol Bigham, participants range from current leaders to employees who are being mentored for future opportunities. Ami Tarburton is among them.  Tarburton, the Finance Director/Treasurer of Montgomery Township, recommends the program to those seeking professional growth and aiming to contribute more effectively.  “The combination of experienced instructors and relevant topics creates a great atmosphere for learning. In addition, networking with other professionals of varying backgrounds and sharing the challenges and opportunities seen at various municipalities has been invaluable,” Tarburton said. “Thank you to DVIT for providing our municipalities this amazing tool for success!”

Participants complete a total of seven courses – four core courses and three electives.  The core courses consist of risk management, performance management, and two additional courses on leadership. The electives include a range of choices from public speaking and presentations, effective writing, customer relations and human resources to security, technology, and project management. Members can complete the program at their own pace as courses are scheduled or when convenient.  Some participants finish in one year while others take more time.

The Penn State Abington Office of Continuing Education manages the program, bringing in experts to teach specific courses. The Penn State MLC is issued to participants upon completion of 49 hours of required training. One Continuing Education unit is earned for every 10 hours of instruction, and transcripts are available upon request.  There is no cost to Workers’ Compensation Trust and Property and Liability Trust members as this is a value-added benefit of membership.  If a municipality has 10 or more employees interested in the program, we can hold the seminar series at their location and open it up to surrounding eligible members.

Upcoming courses are listed on our website at  For more information on the Penn State Municipal Leadership Certificate Program, contact Carol Bigham, Director of Member Services, at or 267-803-5720.