FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas---- Civilian education and training just got easier as far as travel is concerned. The U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) is bringing mobile training teams from the Army Management Staff College's headquarters at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., to installations for training locally versus traveling on temporary duty (TDY).
"I enjoyed that I didn't have to travel TDY to attend the Advance Course," said Rosalinda Jenkins, a human resources specialist at the Army Medical Department Center and School. "It was a different form of comradery and I got to meet a lot of folks from various commands around Fort Sam Houston."
The Civilian Education System (CES) plays a critical role in career development at every level. All eight courses are in demand because they are prerequisites for admission into other military schools and directly impact a civilian employee's career progression.
"I was able to take lessons learned back to my organization," said Christopher Pate, Ph.D, Chief of Management Analysis Branch at Brooke Army Medical Center. "You get out what you put into it, but the benefits are not only for us as individuals, but the Army as a whole."
The Civilian Education System is increasingly important to employees for career progression and entrance into senior leader schools. CES courses are open to most permanent Army Civilians and are centrally funded by HQDA G-37/ Training Directorate. While the distributed learning (dL) phases are open to all Army Civilians for self-development, the resident phases are targeted to individuals in specific grade levels to ensure Civilians receive progressive career-long professional development.
CES courses include online modules followed by classroom instruction. Until establishing the mobile training teams, classroom time meant temporary duty at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Each course, ranging from basic level to advanced, is tailored to specific pay grades. Central funding and flexible course delivery methods, like the mobile training team, makes CES more accessible to local Army civilians, according to developers.
"This is a great opportunity for development and networking for civilians," said Pate. "It's also a less expensive way to get people trained all at once. I highly recommend these courses as they get at the core competencies of leaders"
"As civilian employees are looked upon to take on more of a leadership role, CES offers a wonderful opportunity to develop and hone these skills," said Ray Mendoza, Workforce Development Specialist, G-37, RT&E, MEDCOM Headquarters. "It is incumbent on each of us to be prepared to take on greater leadership responsibility, be it formal or informal."
Mendoza stressed that a mobile training team teaching the course on-site saves money and increases the number of available training slots.
The Army continues to revise the Army Leader Development Strategy to address the future Civilian Leader Development Program. The Army is standardizing the educational and training requirements determination process for the Army Civilian Corps in order to optimize civilian leader development and technical competency.
For more information about the latest CES courses, visit the course catalog on the Army Civilian Training and Leader Development Division system at http://www.civiliantraining.army.mil/SitePages/CourseCatalog.aspx. Civilians wishing to register for courses or request more detailed information about credit equivalency and transfers should contact the MEDCOM CES Quota Managers at email@example.com