Army Management Staff College Basic Course kicks off
December 7, 2009
- Exported training supports BRAC
<strong>ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md.</strong> - Officials from the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command welcomed 33 students to the Army Management Staff College Civilian Education System Basic Course Dec. 7.
This is the first time the Army has exported the class outside the AMSC campus. The RDECOM leadership partnered with AMSC to bring the program to Aberdeen to begin leadership training in anticipation of the impact of <a href="http://apg2012.apg.army.mil/">Base Realignment and Closure</a>. The BRAC will bring thousands of jobs to APG in the next couple of years.
"The incredibly complex task of executing the BRAC mission and realizing the vision of APG as the premier research and development, and acquisition installation in the Army has many moving parts," RDECOM Executive Deputy to the Commander Gary Martin told the students in remarks this morning.
Martin said the course is an opportunity to apply leadership skills and enhance teamwork. "This course is a win-win situation for both you and the APG professional community," he said.
The Army Management Staff College worked closely with APG officials to export the two-week course. "More of the APG team can attend," Martin said, "and build a cohort right here where we will help to focus the vision of APG as a premier acquisition installation."
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rdecom/4166783222/" title="Army Management Staff College Civilian Education System Basic Course kicks off by RDECOM, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2642/4166783222_89a0b48048_m.jpg" width="160" height="240" align="right" hspace="10" alt="Army Management Staff College Civilian Education System Basic Course kicks off" /></a>The CES Basic Course is the first step in a federal employee's professional leadership development. The course is based on four major underpinnings:
o Uses an experiential education methodology
o Inquiry-based learning
One key innovation about the APG version of the Basic Course is the computer technology available to students. The students are part of an Army pilot program to integrate Apple Computers into the military environment. The classroom is equipped with Apple iMac all-in-one computers to serve the educational needs of the students during the class.
"There are advantages to being the Army's cutting edge technology unit," said RDECOM Strategic and Public Communications Chief Lionel Brown. "We are always looking for ways to increase efficiency and productivity." Brown credited the RDECOM G6 Information Management staff for their forward-thinking approach to computer solutions.
Martin encouraged the students to do well over the next two weeks. "I am confident that this CES basic course, and the networking opportunities it creates, will help to develop a cadre of liked-minded professionals that will enable us to better support our Warfighters," he said.
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