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Snapshots from New Orleans: Hundreds of Facilities Pros Attend Sold-Out APPA U

January 9, 2024

Hailing from almost every U.S. state and as far away as Saudi Arabia, close to 400 educational facilities professionals are convening in New Orleans this week for two of APPA’s signature professional development programs: The Institute for Facilities Management and the Leadership Academy, sold-out events held simultaneously under the umbrella of APPA U, January 8–11, 2024.  

Attendees of the Financials of Facilities in Higher Education course (Institute for Facilities Management) review topics including expenditures and revenue measures, trends in capital finance, and finance strategies for success.

Networking during a break, APPA U attendees support educational facilities in wide range of careers including engineers, architects, space planners, skilled trades professionals, landscapers, custodial and housekeeping professionals, technologists, and energy analysts. 

The Institute for Facilities Management includes 35 courses in the four core areas of General Administration, Operations & Maintenance, Energy & Utilities, and Planning, Design & Construction. Courses cover topics ranging from master planning and capital asset management to environmental health and safety. 

Related: Read about the graduates of APPA U programs in New Orleans.

The Reliability-Centered Maintenance course (Institute for Facilities Management) was taught by Chris Smeds, dean of the Operations and Maintenance track and director of technology and innovation at the University of Virginia. 
In sessions for Level IV of the Leadership Academy, facilities professionals build their organizational effectiveness skills, helping them support institutional decision-making. 

The Leadership Academy focuses on building leadership skills within facilities departments to help advance educational institutions more broadly. Courses foster personal and professional effectiveness skills at four levels: individual, interpersonal, managerial, and organizational. 

Registration is now open now for the APPA 2024 Spring Conference in Nashville (April 15–17) along with three in-person events in San Antonio in late June: the Institute for Facilities Management, the Leadership Academy, and a bilingual (English and Spanish) Supervisor’s Toolkit. Learn more about all APPA professional development programs.  

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