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Leadership development opportunity available for Hanscom personnel

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Registration is open now through Feb. 22 for Team Hanscom military and civilian personnel to participate in the Hanscom Franklin Covey Professional Enhancement Journey.

The program, which is designed to cultivate personal and professional effectiveness using Franklin Covey training content, will feature 10 courses facilitated by volunteer instructors from within the Hanscom community. Class offerings for the fiscal year 2019 Hanscom program will take place March through September at the base Education Center.

Ed Lee, Engineering Resources chief, is managing the Hanscom program for the second consecutive year.

“Our first year was very successful,” he said. “We offered 14 courses and held 43 sessions for 100 students.”

As with the FY18 program, 100 slots are available this year to all military and civilian personnel at Hanscom on a first-come, first-served basis.

Those interested in participating should request permission from their supervisor and email Lee to self-nominate.

A kick-off session will be held the last week in February to provide students with a class calendar and program overview. The goal is for FY19 participants to complete seven courses within the eight-month program.

“All students are required to take ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,’ because all of the curriculum is based on the foundation of that class,” said Brad Gosselin, Engineering Resources specialist and the program administrator.

Multiple sessions of each course will be offered and participants can create their own class schedule.

“’The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,’ ‘The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity’ and ‘Leading at the Speed of Trust’ are all two-day courses,” said Gosselin. “The other subjects being offered are all one-day courses.”

Gosselin also emphasized that while the goal is for each student to complete seven courses, the program is flexible and students can still benefit from the course material and discussions, even if circumstances prevent them from completing all seven courses.

“While the goal is seven, students have the option of taking all 10 courses being offered,” he said. “They also have the Franklin Covey portal that they can leverage on their own time.”

According to Lee, the portal gives students unlimited access to exclusive Franklin Covey content and videos while they are participating in the Hanscom program.

Following the orientation, students can register for individual sessions through ACQ Now. Participants will receive specific instructions for the ACQ Now registration process during the February kick-off meeting.

“Participants will receive hour-for-hour continuous learning points for the classes they complete,” said Lee.
The ability to earn CLPs is just one incentive for potential students.

“The program really honed my soft skills,” said Sarah Flaherty, Hanscom Financial Management trainee development coordinator and an FY18 program participant. “The self, peer and employee assessments really open your eyes to the areas you excel in and those you need to work on.”

Flaherty also said that having participants from different career fields and at all levels on base made for more interesting class discussions.

In addition to students, program organizers are actively seeking volunteers to facilitate the FY19 courses. Those interested in facilitating a course should email Lee.

For further information, contact Gosselin at bradley.gosselin@us.af.mil. To self-nominate, contact Lee at edward.lee.11@us.af.mil.