Government Partner: The State of California
Case Studies of Our Partnerships

Article Access Magazine, Volume 15, Issue 2
Location:  Sacramento, CA
Industry:  State Government
Employees:  224,861

Government Partner Background

State agencies naturally turn to California’s capital university when they need to find better ways of getting things done.

In 2001, Caltrans was the first public agency to seek our help. They needed to develop project management skills, so we customized a training program to meet that need. That initial partnership was a success, and led to positive referrals throughout state government. Later when the State Training Center closed in 2004, Sacramento State stepped up and became a hub for state employee training.

Now more than a decade later, the State of California continues to entrust Sacramento State with providing employee training programs in support of their objectives, with such offerings as our premiere training program, The Portfolio.

The Challenge: Statewide Succession Planning

Sweeping turnover in state service—particularly at the leadership levels—has generated faster promotions and introduced more talent from the private sector. The State needed a forward-thinking program for the next generation of government leaders, where they can address real world problems and debate realistic solutions.

The Solution: Customized Training Program

Sacramento State built a tiered, transformational program to deeply enrich upper-level supervisors, managers and executives working in state government: The Portfolio. The Portfolio consists of three certificate programs to groom leaders at all levels of public service.

The Portfolio launched in 2006, creating communities of practice between participants by maximizing networking opportunities with their peers. Participants work collaboratively and share best practices in an environment that promotes and values learner-to-learner interaction.

As of 2015, 795 people had completed Portfolio certificates in 36 cohorts.

“CalHR is proud to endorse Sacramento State’s leadership portfolio as a key solution to the state’s workforce and succession planning challenges.  This program enhances the state’s leadership  competency model and helps leaders apply what they learn. The impact this program has on attendees reflects the state’s positive return on its investment,” says Guy Burghgraef, Manager of CalHR’s Statewide Learning and Performance Management.

“I am tremendously grateful to the Leadership for the Government Executive program for all the valuable resources it has provided me, and highly recommend it. It helped me while I was transitioning to a new role, and now I have the opportunity to pay it forward.”
—Joanna Gin,
Assistant Deputy Director, Legislative Affairs, California Department of General Services and Portfolio Alumni and Cohort Sponsor