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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Port Authority of Allegheny County will partner with Robert Morris University this spring to offer employees the opportunity to improve their management, supervisory, and leadership skills.

About 250 non-represented employees will be eligible to apply for enrollment in the Employee and Leadership Development Program at RMU. Port Authority will cover the entire cost of the program, which is part of the Department of Organizational Leadership in the RMU School of Communications and Information Systems.

"This is not just an investment in our workforce, but an investment in the future of Port Authority," said Port Authority CEO Ellen McLean. "If our employees are trained to be better managers, our entire workforce will be more efficient."

Employees will enroll in four courses over a 10-month period, covering a range of topics, including employee relations, conflict resolution, negotiating skills, and ethics. Employees who complete the program will receive a certificate in organizational leadership skills. The credits they earn can be used toward a bachelor’s degree at RMU.

Employees interested in participating will be asked to apply through Port Authority's Human Resources Division for selection by a committee of managers. Eight to 10 non-represented employees will be selected for the first class. Port Authority hopes to include union-represented first-level supervisors in future classes.

McLean and RMU President Chris Howard will be discussing their partnership April 23 during a panel discussion in Florida titled “The Strategic Future of Business and Higher Education” hosted by MindMax.

“Our collaboration with Port Authority is an example of how RMU will be the preferred strategic partner for corporations, organizations, professionals and aspiring professionals in the Pittsburgh region,” said Howard. “It’s a model for how other employers can develop their workforce.”