APEX is designed exclusively for City & County of Denver’s (CCD) employees working in the various levels of office management, clerical support, secretarial, administrative, and executive assistant positions. The program is founded on adult learning principles and delivered through several training methodologies such as instructor-led and online training classes, team-building exercises, self-study, action-learning projects, and peer coaching.
APEX applicants and their Sponsoring Supervisor/Manager can anticipate that approximately 18-22 hours per month will be committed to the APEX program components: 12 hours a month for instruction (one instructor- led and one online course), and 6-10 hours a month devoted to project team work and assignments. APEX applicants should realize that commitment and successful completion of the program may require some personal time. The program schedule, requirements, commitment, and standards should be presented, discussed and agreed to between each applicant and their Sponsor prior to submission of this application.
APEX is designed to be completed as a cohort of 25-30 employees (intra-departmental) who progress through the program together; forming a learning and networking community. APEXers develop a common understanding, skill set, and a sense of mutual support and accountability. Participants will cultivate an aligned vision for expertise and leadership, and learn to develop the trust necessary for effective collaboration and innovative problem solving.
In addition to the formal instruction delivered over the 12-month period, each APEX cohort will be divided into “action project teams” of four to five participants. Working collaboratively, each team will work on an issue or subject that is relevant and meaningful to their work and the CCD, as well. Conducting appropriate research, each project team will prepare a white paper, and develop/deliver a formal presentation to CCD leadership at the end of the program year. Through this real-world process, time management, leadership, team work, organization, accountability, communication, conflict management, and interpersonal skills are challenged, learned and practiced. The team members support and learn from each another and work to achieve mutual purpose and mutual respect.
APEX participants will be supported by APEX program alumni who have agreed to coach, mentor and support individuals and project teams throughout the program. This also provides an additional learning opportunity for the graduates.
Sponsoring supervisor and/or manager of APEX participants will be engaged in the promotion of workplace application. Following each class, a communication with the session’s description and learning objectives will be distributed. It is our expectation as the supervisor, you will create and provide opportunities for your APEX participant to apply and practice their learned skills back on the job. Please click here for an application.