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...SCW certification efforts to provide training in line with the competencies developed for the workforce. More will be added to our website regarding when new courses will be implemented – as we follow development and alpha/bravo testing of the courseware in some “preliminary offerings” where we’d intend to have experienced personnel attend and offer feedback to enhance the work already done by DISCS. Work on the “Basic” course (an online product) is well underway and we anticipate its availability to the SCW this summer (2019). Additionally, we expect that the first of our intermediate level (new hybrid courses with online and classroom components) will be ready in the fall of 2019. Stand by for announcements and registration opportunities for these and other courses as each nears readiness.
DISCS will continue to teach legacy courses while new courses are developed. While there may not be a 100 percent transfer of credit for a legacy course to a new course due to gaps in coverage of competencies, we will endeavor to grant as much transferrable credit as possible. The legacy courses are still valuable to the workforce (provide needed training) and I highly encourage the workforce to continue to attend them as long as they remain available. Note that as we get closer to the fall, and in order to dedicate faculty efforts to curriculum development, we anticipate reductions in some of our legacy courses – to make the new courseware available more quickly.
I had previously noted the establishment of the DISCS location in the National Capital Region (NCR). Staffing there has continued to expand and construction has begun on facilities in Crystal City Gateway 2. If all goes as planned, the construction will be completed early this summer and we’ll be able to conduct classes soon thereafter. DISCS faculty at WPAFB will continue to support DISCS-NCR courses in both interim and long term operations. This is to help ensure the important integration among our faculty, DSCA headquarters personnel and representatives of organizations and agencies in the NCR remains robust.
Remember, DISCS centrally funds the TDY expenses for our students. All course information and the ability to register for them resides on this website.
Lastly, I’d note that DISCS is coming up on its Reaffirmation of Accreditation Visit by the Council on Occupational Education (COE). The team will visit our WPAFB location on 8-12 April. This culminates the Self-Study activity by our faculty and staff documenting the activity dealing with 10 Standards of the evaluation with a range of areas from Educational Programs to Strategic Planning to Student Services and Activities to name only three of them. We look forward to that team’s visit – these occur generally every 5-6 years with annual updates provided to COE in years where there is no visit.
Will update this as often as possible to keep you informed in a timely way in this fast-paced environment.
Dr. Ron Reynolds
Posted February 14, 2019
The Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), enacted in Title 10, U.S. Code §384, requires the Secretary of Defense to establish and execute the DoD Security Cooperation Workforce Development Program to oversee the development and management of a professional workforce supporting security cooperation (SC) programs and activities of the DoD. The purpose of this program is to ensure the SC workforce (SCW) has the capacity, in both personnel and skills, needed to properly perform its mission, and provide appropriate support to the assessment, planning and monitoring, execution, evaluation, and administration of security cooperation programs and activities. The program will also ensure that personnel with the appropriate level of expertise and experience are assigned in sufficient numbers to fulfill requirements for the security cooperation programs and activities of the DoD and the execution of security assistance programs and activities.
To fulfill these requirements, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) is developing a security cooperation workforce certification program. The SCW certification program contains three major components: SC competencies-based training, experience, and continuous learning. DSCA is finalizing the program requirements and will publish guidance in due course. While the details of this program are being finalized, the training courses to support the SC certification program are ready to begin transition beginning in the spring of 2019. The updated curriculum will be DoD SC competency-based and support Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert levels of certification.
Basic level certification courses will all be conducted through online learning with the first course scheduled to be available late April 2019. All basic level courses are scheduled to be available no later than 1 October 2019.
Intermediate level training will be conducted with an online cohort instruction immediately followed by resident instruction, and the first course is scheduled to be available late April 2019. All intermediate level courses will be available no later than March of 2020. Advanced and Expert level courses will be scheduled at a later date.
All new courses will have equivalency legacy courses identified for certification purposes, providing workforce members the ability to use most courses previously completed at DISCS to meet the new certification requirements. All DISCS courses completed during the transition phase can be used to fulfill these new certification requirements. Details on each course will be added to the DISCS online catalog as they are completed and prior to implementation of the certification program.
To accomplish the above plan some legacy courses currently scheduled for FY 2019 will be canceled and replaced with the new courses containing the updated curriculum. The transition includes alpha testing of new courses with select stakeholders (supporting with subject matter expertise) invited to participate to refine the new curriculum prior to beta testing and ultimately releasing/implementing final courses. Students requiring SC training during the transition phase are encouraged to register for existing courses to support completion in a timely manner.