City Ambassadors Program (CAmP)
Why become a CAmP participant?
We all work within a large, complex, and exciting organization. There is more happening at the City every day than any of us can fathom. What if you were given an opportunity to learn more about what happens here and see how all of the parts of City government fit together? What if you were given an opportunity to learn new skills and meet new people - people you probably see on the sidewalk or in the hallways now, but don't know? Would you take advantage of that opportunity?
While the program has been designed and will be coordinated by the City Manager’s Office, departments and individuals from throughout the City are participating in the delivery of the curriculum to ensure participants receive a 360-degree view of the city and the services local government provides.
As you learn more about your City government, your appreciation for what it does, how things happen, and how you contribute toward its mission will grow. Graduates will truly become "ambassadors" for the City.
CAmP was developed to achieve four objectives:
- provide employees an opportunity to learn about all of the departments and divisions within the City’s government services
- provide interesting and fun professional development opportunities to employees
- promote a better understanding by employees as to the value of their role within the City and their contribution toward our mission
- foster increased communication across departments and divisions by creating a bond among the members of each class
The curriculum of the CAmP Program consists of two types of sessions that are intermingled throughout the program year.
The first type of sessions introduces the class members to areas of the City they may not to get to see and learn about during their daily work routines. You will have an opportunity to tour parts of the City, learn about the various City departments, and ask questions along the way.
The second type of session provides specific skills enhancement training to the class members. This session is taught by a professional trainer who will provide an interactive and enjoyable learning experience. The training topics should allow the learned skills to be applied to any job type, and perhaps even in your personal life.
March 2013: CAmP visits Fire Department
Though it was an extremely cold day, CamPers endured the weather to learn more about what it's like to be a firefighter. Our day started at the Police/Fire Training Center, where we boarded the bus for a visit to a local nightclub. The Fire Department is involved not only with smoke alarms, but also crowd control in these heavily populated entertainment areas.
The next stop was MSU’s Hammons. Chief Hall administered a similar “firefighter written exam” to each group, and we all found out just how difficult these exams are. Only ONE group passed the exam!
We were then turned over to HR, where Sheila Maerz and staff had set up an exciting game of “March Madness” on the basketball court. Each team received questions from the Merit Rules and Administrative Memorandums and if answered correctly, receive a point and a basketball to shoot for bonus points. The competition was fierce, but TEAM INDIANA took the championship title!
After returning to the training center for a special lunch prepared by the station firefighters, each group tested their skills with car extrications, trying on fire suits and dragging a hose through a “smoke-filled” room. Everyone was also treated to a quick tour of the fire station.
After the exhausting day of firefighting and playing basketball, we all learned to appreciate the skills and knowledge of our HR and Fire departments!
February 2013: CAmP visits Health Department
Keeping health and wellness in mind was not a difficult task for CAmP members during CAmP Health Day held on Wednesday, Feb. 13. CAmPers arrived at the Health Department to a healthy breakfast with yogurt, fresh fruit, bagels, juice, and coffee to jump-start their busy day.
After a short introduction by Health Department Director Kevin Gipson, Assistant Director of Health Clay Goddard was our official tour guide for the day. The group got a quick tutorial on a few “desk exercises,” and were then educated on how the department plays a key role in helping to control diseases and illnesses within our community. Next, it was to the lab for a quick tour and test some well water samples.
The group then headed to the Jordan Valley Community Health Center to more about the WIC program and other health services. We were then served a wonderful lunch prepared by the amazing “chefs” at WIC. During the lunch hour, we listened to a panel of directors that discussed how the Health Department and JVCHC have combined their resources to create a “one-stop shop” for those most in need of medical and dental care, as well as education and support for mothers and children.
Our next stop was the Animal Control Center where we saw staff doing an amazing job taking care of the animals and maintaining an excellent record of a 100 percent adoption rate.
After being deputized as Deputy Food Inspectors, each CAmP member was provided with a clipboard and form to complete as they walk around the different food prep areas, taking note of unsanitary, critical and non-critical violations. It was an experience to see just how important food inspectors are for local food establishments.