Certificate Program

Join the 2018 Cohort Today! Applications now open.

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Closing September 10, 2018

About the Certificate Program: 

The Mel King Institute Certificate offers a new way to engage with our programming through a more comprehensive experience culminating in a credential. By participating in existing MKI courses and workshops, participants are provided an overview of the basic skills, knowledge, and values that underlie the work of community development in Massachusetts. Graduates will be equipped with an understanding to think broadly about the needs of communities, the historic and current racism that perpetuates inequalities and the tool to address community needs through analogizing data, engaging residents, economic development, infrastructure development and more. All trainings are practitioner designed and led, and oriented towards the needs and priorities of communities.

The Course Structure:

Participants in the Certificate program will have eighteen months to participate in 9 trainings. 

Core Courses

  • Intro to Community Economic Development
  • Census Data
  • Undoing Racism or An Alliance Racism Workshop

One training from each Learning Area

Two elective courses of the participants choosing

The Cohort: 

As a part of the certificate program, you will be a part of a cohort that meets quarterly. This will be an opportunity to network and learn from other community development professionals through conversations largely driven by your interests. 


$100, plus the MACDC rate for each training (or student/intern rate, if applicable).


The Mel King Insitute Certificate Program Cohort

Vel Holman                New England Center and Home for Veterans

Gina Plata                    Just a Start

Stacy Carruth              CHNA 17

Donald Alexis             Carribbean Integration Community Development

Amanda DeGrace        Waterfront Historic Area League (WHALE)

Samantha Montano     Jamaica Plain NDC

Rita Shah Housing      Corp of Arlington

Kimberly Donovan    Housing Corp of Arlington

Kwame Dance            William James College

Dawn Graham            Wayside Youth

Alisa Galazzi            HAC on Cape Cod

Katherine Martinez    Lena Park CDC

Anthony Britt            Commonwealth Corporation

Congratulations to our Graduates!

Breyana Ellis

Colleen Fitzpatrick     Fenway CDC