May 11, 2021

(May 11, 2021) Columbia, SC –The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) announces that five staff members have successfully completed the Westgate Center for Leadership and Management Development Transit Paratransit Management Certificate Program. LeRoy DesChamps, Interim Executive Director; Rosalyn Andrews, Director of Finance/CFO; Dr. Arlene Prince, Director of Regulatory Compliance/Civil Rights Officer, Tanisha Gibbons, Contract Compliance and Customer Experience Manager, and Natavis Eric Harris, Planning and Development Specialist, were awarded the Transit Paratransit Management Certificate by University of the Pacific, Eberhardt School of Business.

“The program provided our team with very useful tools that helped us to further our knowledge in transit regulations and mandates,” said LeRoy DesChamps, Interim Executive Director. “The resources that we were introduced to in this program helped me to reflect on The COMET, its challenges, successes, and opportunities on the path forward.”

For almost 30 years, the Westgate Center has been offering quality leadership training to the transit industry. Over the past year, due to the pandemic, they developed an online version of their top-rated Transit Management and Paratransit Certificate Series.

The program consisted of an intensive eight-week curriculum which included an Overview of Transit Legislation, Regulation, and Policy, Legal Issues, Effective Communication, and Financial Management. Each one-day class was broken into four hours of online learning done at the participant’s convenience prior to the three hours of class engagement with the instructor to discuss, debate and internalize the learning process.

Participants must attend seven of the eight classes to receive their certification.