Second Year Students

"Since the start of my attendance at the CPRS Maintenance Management School I have been able to successfully acquire the Supervisor Position at Cordova Recreation and Park District. Furthermore, knowledge gained from the School has enabled me to be a wiser supervisor and apply some of the knowledge learned. For example, I have started using the Maintenance Management Plan in an area of parks maintenance that I supervise. I want others to know that this training has made a difference in my professional growth."

~Horacio Oropeza, Park Services Supervisor, Cordova Recreation and Park District


Once you've completed the first year curriculum, you'll join us for the second of our five year program. Just like first year, most components are taught by your peers, our School Regents.

Second Year Focus:

Implementing a Maintenance Management Plan through Total Resource Management. You will learn:

  • How to develop and manage a budget while keeping up with the politics and ethical issues of modern government
  • Principles of contracting and outsourcing services
  • Leadership
  • Motivation

Example Second Year Classes:

Core Curriculum

  • Introduction to Total Resource Management
  • Leadership, Performance
  • Motivation and Evaluation
  • Budget Development
  • Budget Politics
  • Cost Reduction Strategies
  • Contract Management
  • Asset Inspection Strategies
  • Public Speaking
  • Ethics & Professionalism
  • Performance Evaluations

Additional topic areas may include: Employment Law, Team Building, Risk Management

Innovative Elements - Student Presentations!  Required Pre-Work...

Second Year builds on the curriculum of first year with an emphasis on the popular “Innovative Elements” student presentations.  You will learn more about managing budgets, the politics of maintenance management, ethical and professional issues, the principals of contracting and outsourcing, public speaking, and leadership for the maintenance profession.

Each student will also present to the class an idea that your agency has creatively implemented in the area of park operations, maintenance, programming or management.  The “Innovative Element” may involve personnel, safety, equipment, preventive maintenance, operations, design or any other area related to outdoor maintenance management.  The presentation will be verbal and will include the use of a PowerPoint slide presentation that must not exceed 5 minutes in length.  Each student is asked to bring the power point presentation on a thumb drive for use during your presentation.

  • The presentation will be verbal and will include the use of a PowerPoint or Prezi slide presentation. Images on your slides help tell your story.
  • The presentation must not exceed 5 minutes in length.
  • Each student is asked to bring the PowerPoint or Prezi presentation on a thumb drive for use during your presentation.
  • Be creative!  Use of handouts, visual aids, and video in addition to the PowerPoint or Prezi slides are encouraged.

Previous presentation examples:

  • Irrigation Strategies  

  • Volunteer Program Lessons Learned
  • Water Strategies

  • Financial savings

  • Partnerships with other agencies
  • Collaboration with other departments
  • Trash/recycling programs
  • Illegal encampment management strategies
  • Neighborhood Management Strategy (residents infuriated about the installation of a water tank—agency made it into an art project (painting of a mural) – designs voted
  • Purchasing & planting efforts for Drought-resistant native plants
  • Public education campaigns RE: Community residents--learn how to prune roses while we prune our rose gardens
  • List of projects that the agency wants done and just can’t get to (Great to access when Eagle Scouts want Projects)
  • City volunteers helping with a public education program that teaches neighbors how to take care of their street trees
  • Composting & mulch (recycling
  • Going green efforts--RE: battery operated equipment (great for noise pollution & reduced fuel costs)

Don’t worry if you don’t have a lot of experience in public speaking as you are in a safe environment of fellow professionals who want to learn from you about what your agencies does.  You will be surprised that what doesn’t seem innovative to you will be very innovative to others.

Be creative!  Use of handouts, visual aids, and video in addition to the power point slides are encouraged.  Please e-mail a brief description of the Innovative Element you will be presenting to Derek Neumann no later than October 20.

We look forward to seeing you at Maintenance Management School. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. 

Derek Neumann, Field Operations Manager,
Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority

Brandon Bredo, Administrative Supervising Ranger, Sonoma County Regional Parks,

Ali Martinez, Supervisor, Retired

Peter Mitchell, Senior Park Maintenance
County of Santa Clara

Note*- Institute programs and faculty are accurate as of the date of publication. CPRS reserves the right to change sessions and speakers as necessary. Handouts in the resource binder are the owner of the presenter and permission must be received to duplicate.