On December 17, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community member Joyla Gates completed the year-long certified public manager program offered through Arizona State University’s (ASU) Bob Ramsey Executive Education.
“I did research on this program, and it was something I wanted to accomplish,” said Gates. “I knew this program would help me sharpen my skills in management.”
Currently Gates is employed with the Salt River Higher Education Department as a program advisor.
“I’m happy to have successfully completed this program, and I think ASU does a wonderful job with their Executive Education programs. Networking is also a good thing, and I met some great people in my class,” said Gates.
Gates always thought tribal politics was in a class of its own, but she found that politics is similar everywhere. As part of the program, she had the opportunity to participate in mock city trials, which were somewhat similar to Council meetings here in the Community. “It was a good experience to be able to work with professionals from all different fields and absorbing the information they brought to the table as well,” said Gates.
Now that her time in the certified manager program is done, Gates said there will be many things she will miss, and other things that she will not miss. “I will not be missing the end-of-course projects; we had five courses throughout the year, and each course had a project due at the end. Although the projects were extensive and exhausting, I learned a lot from them,” said Gates.
A key point Gates shared was, “It’s never too late to go back to school, because school is an open door waiting for you to walk in. No matter what field of education you dream of, it is all possible, and I would like to see more people actively pursuing their education. The SRPMIC Higher Education office is always available to assist you.”