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Craig graduates from MASC institute

Posted: July 26, 2018 3:44 p.m.
Updated: July 27, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Camden City Councilwoman Joanna Craig (right) is congratulated on her graduation from the Municipal Association of South Carolina’s (MASC) Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government by MASC President Elise Partin, who is the mayor of Cayce.

Camden City Councilwoman Joanna Craig recently graduated from the Municipal Association of South Carolina’s (MASC) Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government. Craig and fellow graduates received graduation certificates during the MASC’s annual meeting.

Established in 1986, the institute is a MASC program giving municipal officials a strong foundation in the operation of local government. Participants learn about the role of elected officials and administrative staff and the relationships municipal officials have with other local governments, the state and federal government. The institute includes two day-long sessions and three evening sessions.

“For more than 30 years, the association has encouraged local elected officials to participate in the institute, whether they are newly elected or have served for a while,” MASC Executive Wayne George said in a press release. “This Institute gives elected leaders with diverse personal and professional backgrounds an understanding and overview of the details of running a local government.”

Officials participate in more than 25 hours of classroom work in order to graduate from the institute. Highlights of topics covered during the sessions include the S.C. Freedom of Information Act, ethics and accountability, budgeting, planning and zoning, human resources and economic development.

The institute draws its faculty from recognized local government leaders in South Carolina and other states, state officials, faculty and staff of the state’s colleges and universities, and other guest lecturers.

In 2013, the association began offering credited, on-demand courses as part of the institute.

The MASC also launched the Advanced Institute in 2014, which provides elected officials who have graduated from the institute with an option for continuing education through classroom instruction, interaction with experienced peers and case studies.

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