Professional Development & Continuing Education Programs

About the Course

This innovative leadership development program provides senior leaders in PA State Government the opportunity to further develop their leadership abilities and succeed at the highest levels of their profession. Developed through a collaboration between Alvernia University, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, and the Governor’s Office of Administration, this unique program gives participants the opportunity to enhance their understanding of their workplace culture and to learn strategies, tactics, and management techniques applicable to the unique challenges government employees face.

The program offers:

  • Mentorship & networking opportunities
  • Discussions on real life issues and concerns
  • Leadership skills assessment

This course is intended for senior leaders working in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including both agencies on the Governor’s jurisdiction as well as independent agencies.

The program curriculum is based around case studies, team projects, role playing and scenario planning. Classes offer a “safe space” for senior leaders to discuss issues they may face in their positions while promoting inter-organizational collaboration.

Learning Methods

The class includes lecture and discussion, case studies, exercises, and discovery.

The program is offered over a 3-month period. Classes meet every other Monday. Each provides a full day of in classroom instruction. Instruction takes place at Harrisburg University.

Topics covered include:

  • Leadership versus Management
  • Team Building and Motivating Employees
  • Next Generation Workers
  • Effective Communications
  • Understanding and Working within the Constraints and Culture of State Government
  • Successful Negotiation Techniques and Conflict Resolution
  • Strategic Planning, Setting Objectives, Measures and Initiatives
  • Performance through Excellence – Customer Service, Lean, Project Leadership and Project Management
  • Citizen-Centric Approach to Providing Services/Design Thinking
  • Data-Driven Decision Making
  • Leading Innovation 
  • Diversity and Inclusion

A full course syllabus with topics by module will be distributed at Orientation.

To prepare for the Leadership Development Program, each participant will:

  • Take a Personality Inventory
  • Take a Leadership Skills Assessment
  • Complete a short Personal Biography
  • Identify one cross-organizational issue with which they have been involved.

Program participants are divided in teams. Each team is assigned a mentor/coach. The mentor/coach meets with the team at least once collectively and at least once with each program participant individually.

Attendance at a minimum of 90% of the sessions is required.

Awarding of a certificate of completion will be based on a pass-fail assessment of the program’s

curriculum, attendance, and project-based requirements.

The following materials are included in the cost of the course:

  • Slides presented
  • Speaker bios


  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: $2,000

The tuition fee includes breakfast and lunch for full-day sessions, an opening reception, and graduation reception.

Parking is not included in the enrollment fee.

For information on parking in the Harrisburg University garage, and to view current hourly rates, please visit Standard Parking’s website at

Cancellation & Refunds

Harrisburg University reserves the right to cancel or reschedule courses/events at its discretion. Should a program or event be cancelled by the University, a full refund will be issued.

If you need to cancel your registration and would like a refund, please email Please attach the confirmation email that you received at time of registration.

  • A refund of 100% will be issued within 7 business days of your registration date.
  • A refund of 50% will be issued up until 8 days prior to the start of the course/event.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations 7 or less days prior to the start of the course/event.

Candidate Application

The application form allows candidates to present their learning goals, past experiences, expertise, and knowledge they will bring to the cohort for consideration.  Candidates will be notified in a timely manner as to their acceptance into the Leadership Development Program cohort.

Nomination Letter

Candidates will demonstrate the support of their senior leadership by submitting a letter of nomination written on their behalf.  The nomination letter should include current position and responsibilities, along with skills, knowledge, and any special projects in which you are responsible.

The nomination letter should be addressed to “Leadership Development Program directors” and emailed to with the subject line as, “Leadership Development Program Nomination Letter for [YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAME]”  

Acceptance Notification

Applicants will be notified regarding whether they have or have not been accepted into the 2020 program. At that time, accepted applicants will receive full course details and an invoice for the registration fee.

See the specific deadlines under “Next Session” at the bottom of the page. 


"One of the program’s biggest benefits is that I didn’t learn just from the guest speakers and my mentor; I also learned from the other participants. The program fostered so many eye-opening discussions that will help me be a better leader in my career moving forward."
Michael Gerber
Executive Assistant to the Secretary, Department of Community & Economic Development
"This is such a great program. We made great contacts in other agencies. We met some fantastic mentors. It was also an opportunity to learn a variety of leadership skills. We all have different strengths and weaknesses and this program really took that into account."
John Kaschak
Deputy Secretary, Department of Revenue
"I think that the curriculum was perfect. Each session was relative to my job. The strong emphasis on communication and leadership was great. Each speaker was absolutely wonderful."
2018 LDP Graduate



Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
326 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101


717-901-5100 |

Next Cohort

April - August, 2021

Key Dates

All modules are held from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.