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MAS staff worked with Mississippi State University Extension Service to create a curriculum designed to provide the essential information for all county supervisors over a four-year term. Participation in the Institute is voluntary. Supervisors will automatically receive continuing education credits (CEUs) based on their attendance of education sessions at MAS conferences.

To complete the Institute’s Core Program, county supervisors must attend 10 mandatory courses focusing on county government and complete an additional 30 hours of elective credits. The mandatory courses in the Core Program are:

  • Ethics in Government
  • Forms and Functions of County Government
  • Taxation 101 & the Tax Levy
  • Debt Administration
  • Purchase Law
  • County Budgeting Process
  • Legislative Process
  • General County Law
  • Human Resources & Personnel Management
  • Roads and Bridges

Supervisors completing the Core Program requirements will receive the Leadership Institute Graduate designation. MAS will hold a graduation ceremony during the Annual Convention each year graduates complete the Core Program.