Delaine Poe, executive vice president of the Brady/McCulloch County Chamber of Commerce, recently completed a week-long professional development program with the Institute for Organization Management, held July 16-21 at the Colorado College. The Institute program offers innovative, challenging and leading-edge continuing education for chamber of commerce and association executives. Presented by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Institute is designed to position chambers and associations to meet the needs of the 21st century. Specifically, program participants build skills essential to address the challenges of increased competition, greater member demands and tighter resources. Participants can earn points toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) designations and can also receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Graduates of the Institute program receive a certificate in Organization Management. Institute has several new educational delivery systems to provide greater flexibility and more choices for current and prospective participants. Institute has also partnered with the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) to offer a master’s of science degree in Not-for-Profit Management. Institute participants and graduates can apply 12 of their Institute credits toward UMUC’s 39-credit program upon successful completion of Institute’s six competency areas and additional coursework. The Colorado College is one of seven Institute programs held each year at U.S. college campuses. Nearly 2000 individuals attend Institute annually. For more information, contact Institute headquarters at 202-463-5570; write to: Institute for Organization Management, 1615 H. Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20062-2000; or visit the Institute web site at http://www.uschamber.com/institute.