Intermediate Course Students
Students in the Intermediate Course work together as a team to discuss a class assignment. In the course, students learn how to lead people, develop cohesive and efficient organizations, manage resources, and implement change, while demonstrating effective thinking and communications skills. The Intermediate Course is a combination of distributed Learning and three weeks of resident instruction at Fort Belvoir, Va.

Army Management Staff College graduated a combined total of 107 students from its Intermediate course (IC) and Continuing Education for Senior Leaders (CESL) program recently.

Of the total, 29 students graduated from the senior leader program and 78 graduated from the Intermediate Course at ceremonies held in their honor.

Although the classes are different, all students had at least one thing in common--they took time away from their home stations to invest in their development as leaders.

In the Intermediate Course, students learned how to lead people, develop cohesive and efficient organizations, manage resources and implement change while demonstrating effective thinking and communication skills. Following a distributed Learning portion of pre-work assignments, required readings, a 360 Degree Leadership Survey and Essay, and test, the students spent three weeks at Fort Belvoir in the classrooms working as teams on class assignments.

Vien Nguyen, IC graduate, raved about the course.

"The Intermediate Course is one of the best training classes that I have taken in years. I've learned not only how to lead but to manage," Nguyen said.

Matthew Barden was also delighted with the IC.

"The entire CES Intermediate class experience from the instructors to the student interaction was top-notch," Barden said.

While the Intermediate Course is the third of four levels in the progressive and sequential CES leader development program, the Continuing Education for Senior Leaders program brings Army Civilians (GS-14 and 15 or equivalent) and Soldiers (Lieutenant Colonels, Sergeant Majors, Chief Warrant Officers 4 and above) together for a week at the AMSC Fort Belvoir campus to receive Army enterprise updates and to discuss current issues and challenges facing Army leaders.

Jacqueline Tregre, CESL graduate, compared the program to Army officer training.

"CESL gives the Army Civilian Leader an opportunity to re-center on the big issues facing the Army by bringing him or her back to centralized training, much like what the Army does in its Officer Advanced and ILE [Intermediate Level Education] courses. The result is a leader that will go back to their organization with a broader-scoped view that can share knowledge with the workforce," she said.

The Civilian Education System program launched in January 2007 and brought forth a major change toward the Army Civilian Corps' education and training. The program replaced AMSC's legacy courses such as Sustaining Base Leadership and Management (SBLM) Program with the CES Advanced Course. SBLM drew students to AMSC for 12 weeks of resident instruction. Today, students come from all over the world to Fort Belvoir and Fort Leavenworth for one to four weeks of resident instruction, after completing the required distributed Learning.

Change was one of the topics Steve Wilberger, deputy commandant and dean of Operations, addressed in his remarks at Intermediate Course closing ceremony. After addressing the key points of retention rates and developing trust with younger colleagues, he said, "Positive influence is a key motivator in the government and if you don't like change hold on to your hats because technology is taking us by storm."

Change is constant. And over 4,000 people have embraced this change and graduated from the CES program. The CES Program is not only an investment in the student's, his organization's, and Army's future, but it is also centrally funded-meaning it doesn't cost a dime for an Army organization to send its Army Civilians if they are in permanent appointments. The program is also centrally funded for Local nationals.

Barden addressed one of the highlights of the CES program when he said, "Networking with fellow Army Civilians, crossing functional lines and locations throughout the world, provided an immeasurable amount of lessons learned."

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