Friday, February 20, 2009

Navy Recognized for Best in Training

WASHINGTON - The Navy received international recognition in early February from the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), winning two awards and two citations in ASTD's annual "Excellence in Practice" awards competition.

"These awards recognize proven practices that meet a demonstrated need, have appropriate design values, are aligned with other performance improvement initiatives, and deliver clear and measurable results for their organizations," said Carol Chulew, ASTD awards administrator.

The Navy's awards were received for its Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL) program in the category of Career Development and the Center for Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Diving (CEODD) Preparatory Training for Entry Level Diver Courses program in the category of Performance Improvement.

The COOL program and Navy's Task Force Life Work (TFLW) program also won recognition as "citation" winners in the categories of Workforce and Development, and Managing Change, respectively. Citation winners represent those programs that are innovative in design and are expected to meet an organizational critical need, but have not yet been able to analyze data confirming the return on investment.

"I am very proud of all of your efforts in building a Top 50 organization," said Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, chief of Naval Personnel, when learning of the awards. "Keeping the Navy a competitive option for our Sailors, as well as potential recruits is a strategic imperative. It is rewarding to be recognized for our achievements."

"Nominations were received from around the world, providing a keen competition and representing some of the most innovative and far-reaching training and development practices created," said Wayne Wagner, of the Navy Strategy Office (N1Z), who coordinates award submission efforts such as the ASTD awards.

More than 130 entries from nine countries were received. Seventeen programs received the prestigious "award" designation, with the Navy being part of an even more elite group of three organizations (CISCO and Farmers Insurance) that received two awards and additional citations. It also was the only government agency to receive an award.

A formal awards ceremony will recognize Navy along with its corporate peers June 1, 2009, at the ASTD International Conference and Exposition in Washington.

"This is Navy's first submission for an award with international significance," said Wagner. "We plan to submit for five other 'best of the best' awards in the coming months, showcasing the Navy's position as a Top 50 company."

ASTD is the world's largest association dedicated to workplace learning and performance professionals. It presents a number of awards each year, including the "Excellence in Practice" awards that recognize results achieved through the use of practices and solutions from the entire scope of workplace learning and performance.

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