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Air Force revamps professional development site for civilians

Feb. 14, 2014 - 04:29PM   |  
By NICOLE BLAKE JOHNSON   |   Comments
A new tool provides Air Force civilian employees with access to training and development resources. Shown here: Kathy Winters, a civilian Air Force meteorologist.
A new tool provides Air Force civilian employees with access to training and development resources. Shown here: Kathy Winters, a civilian Air Force meteorologist. (Air Force)

The Air Force is making it easier for civilian employees to access professional development resources.

Using an online tool called the Civilian Development Resource Center (CDRC), employees will have access to a clearinghouse of development roadmaps, learning programs, thousands of free courses, books, videos and other resources, the Air Force said in a Feb. 11 announcement.

“To help users focus on the most beneficial areas for development, an assessment tool is available on the site that provides feedback and identifies the skills development needed to improve performance,” the Air Force said. The self-paced development tool is available on-demand via the Air Force Portal main page under the Career and Training tab.

The CDRC, formerly known as the Supervisor Resource Center, provides easier navigation and a wider selection of resources for supervisory and non-supervisory career tracks. Development pathways include resources for new employees, developing to journeyman employees, experienced employees, new supervisors and experienced supervisors.

The Eaker Center's Future Learning and Civilian Education Division created the CDRC site.

"The civilian workforce is one of the Air Force's greatest assets," Russell Frasz, director, directorate of Airman Force Development, said in a news release. "Continuously developing oneself is a personal responsibility for all Airmen. The Civilian Development Resource Center plays a key role in maintaining Air Force's innovative and competitive edge by assisting personnel to develop their professional competencies in an efficient and cost-conscious manner."

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