Leadership Development Frequently Asked Questions
Why has the department decided to invest in the development of leaders from pre-supervisory to the upper and executive levels?
Prior to 1999, the department had not put any substantial investment in the development of future leaders due to continual funding deficits. In 1999, statistics were gathered to determine how many of the department's current upper and executive leaders would retire over the next five years. The numbers were significant. Since that time, you can probably name several whom have retired. There are many more to come. As a matter of fact, the statistics showed that nearly ALL of the agency's upper and executive leadership would be eligible to retire over the next 5-6 years.
The department leadership, in considering these statistics, realized that their predecessors had not had the developmental opportunities to prepare them for a successful transition. Therefore, even though the department's funding picture has not changed significantly, a decision was made that the investment had to begin immediately.
What does the department's leadership development program offer?
The department's leadership development program offers employees a progressive curriculum, beginning at the pre-supervisory level through upper and executive level development. Introduction to Correctional Leadership Development (pre-supervisory), and Correctional Leadership Development I (first-line supervisory) began in March 2000. Correctional Leadership Development II (middle management) was added in April 2001. Correctional Leadership Development III began in April 2002. CLD Leadership IV began in 2003, Mentor Development training began in 2004, and Discovery Training and Emotional Intelligence training has been added in the last 2 years.
How do I know which classes are appropriate for me to attend, and whether or not I meet the qualifications?
The course catalog defines, in detail, who should attend and all of the qualifications. Additionally, some classes require pre-course work. Any pre-course work requirements are outlined in the course catalog.
How do I enroll?
Discuss your interest in a course with your immediate supervisor. If approved, your immediate supervisor should ensure that you have met all other requirements specified for that course in the catalog, prior to requesting your facility/unit training officer or representative enroll you into the class using the Oracle Learning Management (Oracle-LM) system.
Introduction to Correctional Leadership Development, Correctional Leadership Development I and II, require that you be enrolled in the Oracle-LM system. Correctional Leadership Development III, IV, Mentor Development Training, and Discovery course enrollments are done by nomination and approval process. You may gain more information concerning this process in the course catalog.
What happens if the class I wish to participate in has no openings or if I cannot attend a class I am scheduled to attend?
If the class you wish to attend does not have any openings, you may wish to select another date. If not, have your training officer/representative place you on the waiting list for the desired class date. If openings become available due to cancellations, your name will be moved up on the waiting list. If enough cancellations occur, you will be officially enrolled and will receive notification from your training officer/representative.
Should a conflict arise, and you will be unable to attend a class you are enrolled in, please notify your training officer/representative as soon as possible so they can officially cancel your enrollment. This will allow someone on the waiting list to attend in your place. Classes during 2004 showed mostly full enrollment, most with lengthy waiting lists. This trend has continued in recent years. The actual average attendance rate was 82% due to cancellations not being officially entered into the Oracle system. This prevented several employees on waiting lists, throughout the year, to be unable to attend, and empty seats in the classroom.
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT STAFF CONTACT INFORMATION
Correctional Training Officer III
1919 Industrial Blvd
Norman, OK 73069
Office Phone: 405-364-2365
Leadership Development classes will be held at the Oklahoma Correctional Training Academy, located on the campus of the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, Robert R. Lester Training Center, Building 10, 3600 Martin Luther King, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Lodging provided is dormitory style with twin size bunk beds and a restroom shared between two rooms. Participants are responsible for providing their own bedding, towels and the cleaning of the dorm room before departure. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided for those staying in the dormitory. Lunch will be provided for those choosing to commute.
Students shall attend all scheduled classes. In case of emergency, the trainee may be released from class. Absences require that the course(s) missed be retaken at another time.
During class time, all participants are to maintain a professional appearance as described in OP-110245, Standards for Employee Personal Appearance. Any exceptions will be announced by the instructor. You may wish to have causal clothing available for special events or activities, and for free time during the evening. Uniform staff may choose not to wear their uniforms with permission from their facility/unit head. If staff uniforms are not worn dress must comply with OP-110245.