Rockefeller College To Host Clerks Courses Online

Rockefeller College To Host Clerks Courses Online

Rockefeller Municipal Clerks Institute

Due to the global health crisis, the Rockefeller College New York State Municipal Clerks Institute at the University at Albany campus has been postponed until July 2021. However, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy will be hosting online courses for the Certified Municipal Clerks (CMC) and the Master Municipal Clerks (MMC) training programs. Clerks seeking professional certification through the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) as well as other municipal officials seeking professional development are welcome to participate. Clerks will be able to earn two credits this fall and two credits in the spring.  Courses will be offered live via Zoom.

Fall 2020 Online Courses


October 13, 5-7pm 

This course will present the necessary concepts to understand differences between a Decennial (10-year) Census, Population Estimates, and American Community Survey.  It will highlight some of the tables and variables that may be drawn from the American Community Survey, as well as show how to use the portal.The course will apply information to New York State scenarios and geographies (town, village, city) and will give take-home assignment (with cheat sheet) to attendees for further practice.    

Instructor: David Kraiker, Data Dissemination & GIS Specialist, Customer Liaison & Marketing Services Office, Data Dissemination and Training Branch, U.S. Census Bureau 

David Kraiker has worked for the Census Bureau for more than 23 years, first as the office Geographer in the New York City office, and in more recent years as a Data Dissemination (Outreach) Specialist.  He covers New York State, and Northern New Jersey areas by presenting workshops on site, or virtually.  He has a B.A. from Clark University (Worcester, MA), and MSc from Rutgers University (NJ).   He lives in Northern NJ with his wife and daughters.


October 27, 5-7pm  

The purpose of this course is to have participants think about the concept of networks and networking in a rigorous fashion using ideas drawn from the study of groups and organizations. Once a common set of ideas and a symbolic language for understanding social networks is introduced, participants will then go through an exercise to draw a visualization of their professional social network. Using these visualizations, participants will complete a set of exercises to think about which professional resources are plentiful and which are scarce in their network and why that might be. Finally, participants will learn how networks can be extended and “improved” through professional networking. 

Instructor: R. Karl Rethemeyer, Dean, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy 

R. Karl Rethemeyer is Dean of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany, SUNY. Dr. Rethemeyer’s primary research interest is in social networks, their impact on social, political, and policy processes, and the methods used to study such networks. Dr. Rethemeyer’s work spans two programs of research. The first focuses on the structure and operation of collaborative and policy networks in the public sector. This work examines the challenges inherent in the management of collaborative provision of public goods and services and the political ramifications of engaging nonprofit and for-profit organizations in that effort. Dr. Rethemeyer’s other program of research focuses on terrorism, terrorist organizations, terrorist networks, and counter-insurgency/stabilization operations.

Spring 2021 Online Courses


Instructor: Lakia Green, Training Program Coordinator, Professional Development Program   


Instructor: Eugene Monaco, Executive Director, Professional Development Program 


Fall 2020 Online Courses: $100

Scholarships may be available! Check with your State and Regional Associations for more information.

Registration information and Institute details are forthcoming, pending approval from the IIMC and Office of the New York State Comptroller. If you are interested in participating in online courses this fall, please click here to make sure you receive the latest information.