Stephanie K. Rockey, Clerk of Washington County graduated from the Certificate
in Election Administration, Technology, and Security (CEATS) program in August.
CEATS is offered by the Voting System Technical Oversight Program (VSTOP) in the Bowen
Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University.
The CEATS program is generously supported by Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson.
Election Administrators are expected to be proficient in a number of diverse areas
including human resources, poll worker training, election and procedural law,
budgets, physical space management, organizational communication, public
relations, information technology, and cybersecurity. This diversity is not
traditionally captured in any one single educational or training program.
The CEATS certificate satisfies an unmet need of being able to house these
domains of knowledge in one educational experience. With changes in laws and
technology associates with elections in the United States after 2000, a need has
emerged to provide education in the area of Election Administration.
The Certificate Program in Election Administration, Technology, and Security aims to
fill an unmet need within the state of Indiana.
Graduates of the program successfully completed a year-long 170 hours plus of
instruction including a comprehensive capstone project.
Framed certificates signed by the Indiana Secretary of State, the President of Ball State University, the co-directors of the Indiana Election Division, and the certificate program co-directors were awarded on August 14, 2019, in a ceremony held in the Senate Chamber of the Indiana State House.