Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) Software Engineering Center (SEC) Director Garrett Shoemaker addresses the audience at the Reskilling Open House November 14, 2023, at the Mallette Training Facility. The event provided information about the CECOM SEC Reskilling Program to employees.
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ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md.- The Communications-Electronics Command Software Engineering Center held a reskilling and upskilling open house on post November 14.

The event offered employees information and opportunities to take advantage of CECOM SEC’s reskilling program which was authorized in late April 2023.

Representatives from each of CECOM SEC’s five directorates delivered presentations that detailed their respective missions and reskilling opportunities for CECOM SEC employees. In addition to presentations from the directorates, the event included breakout sessions that allowed employees to network in small groups and ask questions in a one-on-one environment.

Christine Neidig, who serves as the Resources Division Chief within CECOM SEC, said the event offered real opportunities for the SEC workforce.

“I thought today was a great opportunity for folks across the center to learn what each directorate does,” Neidig said. “It also allows everyone the opportunity to learn about new options within their career.”

The reskilling program authorizes Department of the Army civilians within CECOM SEC to broaden functional, technical, and leadership competencies through rotational assignments, management directed reassignments, and employee interest.

CECOM SEC Director Garrett Shoemaker authorized the program in April 2023 as a means for employees to supplement their skillset and in doing so, support the CECOM SEC transformation to a service-based organization. For Shoemaker, the open house was an important part of that goal.

“By providing opportunities for our workforce to gain broadening and diverse experiences across SEC, we’ll grow our organic capabilities and provide greater value to our customers in the future.” Shoemaker said.

As an organization that executes a wide-ranging mission, the program offers a formal process for employees to learn about parts of the organization that they would otherwise be unaware. Additionally, the program allows leaders to gain institutional knowledge and mission awareness that will be foundational to their career progression.

“I gained more understanding about what is happening within each directorate and what they do on a daily basis,” Neidig said. “It’s never a bad time to learn something new and add to your toolbox.”

For Shoemaker, putting people first is paramount and plays a crucial role in the broader mission of CECOM SEC.

“I hope this event unlocks doors for our team to see and get involved in the amazing, diverse software work we do for the Army,” Shoemaker said. “This event was about making our team stronger, getting people excited about the opportunities available to them, and taking the next step towards the future of SEC.”