The goal of the Focus Week program is to enhance mission viability and improve quality of life for Airmen while implementing collaborative projects that provide mutual value to the government and local communities. (Contributed photo)

Registration open for free professional development courses

The 88th Air Base Wing Focus Week, scheduled for Jan. 27-31 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, is fast approaching. Registration is open and continues until the day before each course is held.

This Focus Week iteration spotlights performance improvement for both the individual and organization. The goal of the Focus Week program is to enhance mission viability and improve quality of life for Airmen while implementing collaborative projects that provide mutual value to the government and local communities.

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Course offerings and descriptions are:

• AFIT Educational Opportunities for Civilians – Join in for an overview briefing and learn about educational opportunities available at the Air Force Institute of Technology for civilians – from certificates to master’s and doctorate degrees. The course will include a tour of several of AFIT’s world-class research labs where participants can experience firsthand the cutting-edge work in areas such as autonomous and cooperative systems, GPS navigation, cyber security, space and directed energy.

• Balancing Work and Personal Life – A hectic, unbalanced lifestyle can prevent enjoyment of personal relationships, interfere with productivity at work and harm one’s health. This class helps participants assess how they manage their numerous roles to create an integrated life.

• Workforce Developmental Opportunities – The 88 FSS/FSDE Workforce Development Element briefs on various aspects and options of workforce development from the Air Force Personnel Center level down to the Wright Patterson AFB level.

• Bullet Writing Basics – This course is designed to give skills needed to effectively start writing bullets: how to start a bullet, structure it in the appropriate format, along with tips and tricks for first-timers. This is a basic-level course for individuals, mainly civilians, who have not been exposed to bullets on a regular basis.

• Burnout and Stress Management – When someone experiences stress or when stress lasts too long, it can be harmful; burnout is one possible outcome. This class addresses ways to prevent burnout.

• Colors Personality – This course helps students discover values, understand how they can get along better with others and have a clearer understanding of a person’s approach and preference in their work and personal life. This training can help with opening lines of communication and reducing personal misunderstandings and help people communicate better with each other.

• Taking Control of Email – This class provides basic information required to set up a formal email/task management system through learning a better way to use Microsoft Outlook. It will reveal common productivity traps and solutions.

• Understanding Your Individual Development Plan – What’s in your IDP? Do you know what your developmental goals are? Do you know what your functional goals are? This course will provide tips and recommendations for you to effectively work with your supervisor/employee to develop an IDP. Short- and long-term goals, developmental goals, and institutional and functional goals using simple tools already available will be discussed.

• The Hiring Process: From Vacancy to New Employee – This course is designed to provide supervisors of civilian positions an overview of the civilian hiring process beginning with the initial identification of a vacancy through the recruitment and onboarding process.

• Federal Resume Writing – The federal resume class covers two parts: the first goes over the new changes to the process and how it impacts resumes. The second part covers how to create an effective resume that gets results.

• GPC: Insights on Demand – This one-hour course will provide information on the mandatory MasterCard Data Mining system Insights on Demand (IOD). Intended audience for this class is GPC approving officials and alternate approving officials.

• GPC: Buying over the Micro-Purchase Threshold – This one-hour course will provide information on when items over the micro-purchase threshold using the Government Purchase Card may be procured.

Registration

Registration is open to all 88 ABW military and civilian government employees. The wider Wright-Patterson AFB audience is encouraged to attend as space allows. To register via MyETMS (Education and Training Management System), go to https://myetms.wpafb.af.mil.

Click on the “Self-Registration” tab. A tutorial is provided on the MyETMS home page for first-time users. Click on the “Self-Registration” tab. Search for “88 ABW” and click “Go.” Hover your pointer over “View Class Comments” for course descriptions. For more information, contact Michael King, human resources specialist, 88th Force Support Squadron Workforce Development, at 904-4791, or michael.king.82@us.af.mil.

AFLCMC Focus Week

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Winter Focus Week sessions will take place Jan. 27-31. Students may participate in these events either in person or online (for some courses), allowing AFLCMC to reach numerous geographic locations.

Registration is now available for most courses via the Acquisition Now Continuous Learning website, however additional courses offerings may become available as Focus Week approaches. Search for course offerings by going to https://acqnow.atrrs.army.mil, click on “My Career” and then “Search for CL Event” to search the AFLCMC Focus Week Event Catalog.

A more detailed course catalog will be distributed via email to employees or can be obtained by emailing the AFLCMC Focus Week point of contact at jason.sibrel@us.af.mil.

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