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10 Graduate from CDT's Project Management Leadership Academy

PMLA is one of four professional development academies that the California Department of Technology offers. The others are the Information Technology Leadership Academy, the flagship program; the Digital Services Innovation Academy; and the Information Security Leadership Academy. All come under the aegis of Brenda Bridges Cruz, CDT deputy director for the Office of Professional Development.

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Ten state employees graduated Friday from the Project Management Leadership Academy (PMLA), one of the California Department of Technology’s workforce training programs for those seeking to broaden their skills and potentially move into key roles in state government.

PMLA is one of four professional development academies that the Department of Technology (CDT) offers. The others are the Information Technology Leadership Academy (ITLA); the Digital Services Innovation Academy; and the Information Security Leadership Academy. All come under the aegis of Brenda Bridges Cruz, CDT deputy director for the Office of Professional Development (OPD).

ITLA is the flagship program and has been a training ground for many in state government who've advanced to roles as chief information officers, information security officers and agency information officers.

The graduates and their departmental affiliations are: Cathy M. Stephenson, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; Gerald Benjamin, Department of Health Care Services; Jeannie Lin Walsh, Office of Systems Integration; Jennifer K. Le, California Department of Veterans Affairs; Jenny Allopenna, California Department of Transportation; Lawrence Troxler, Department of Child Support Services; Leonidas Martin, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services; Madhavi Annavajjyala, CDCR; Shin K. Song, Department of Industrial Relations; and Taylor Stout, Department of Social Services.

In addition to the academy programs, OPD offers courses and other resources for state workers seeking to broaden their skills.
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