With the opening of the Army Logistics University (ALU) at Fort Lee, Virginia, on
2 July 2009, most of the educational programs offered by ALU’s predecessor, the Army Logistics Management College (ALMC), shifted to a new college under ALU: the College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE).
The new college, as the home of the functional courses that previously belonged to ALMC, needed an appropriate new name. After thoughtful consideration of a variety of proposals, the name “College of Professional and Continuing Education” was selected for three primary reasons. First, it effectively reflects the college’s two central missions: professional development and continuing education. Second, CPCE is also well-suited to represent the college’s three core competency areas: logistics, acquisition, and operations research. Finally, the new name closely parallels the names used for similar programs at universities throughout the United States.
The new college comprises four educational departments. The names of two departments were changed from those used in ALMC to more accurately reflect the current nature of their respective courses. All four departments offer courses primarily aimed at Army and other Department of Defense (DOD) civilian employees; however, quite a few courses are equally appropriate for uniformed military personnel.
The Department of Systems Acquisition (DSA) offers courses for acquisition and non-acquisition professionals. Acquisition professionals make up the Army Acquisition Corps and the Army Acquisition Workforce. DSA courses for acquisition professionals are taught at the ALU Huntsville Campus in Huntsville, Alabama. This satellite location is home to basic and advanced education for officers in functional area (FA) 51, acquisition, and for noncommissioned officers (NCOs) in military occupational specialty 51C, acquisition, logistics, and technology contracting NCO. Non-acquisition professionals work in jobs that span the spectrum of civilian and military specialties, but their jobs require them to be involved with acquisition processes. An example of a course offered for these employees is the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) Course, which is widely viewed by the Army acquisition community as the benchmark for COR training. Courses for non-acquisition professionals are taught at Fort Lee.
The Department of Systems Engineering (DSE) is home to all courses related to operations research and systems analysis (ORSA). It conducts FA 49, ORSA, education both at the foundation level and for the qualification level of Intermediate Level Education. Civilian employees in Army Career Program 16 (engineers and scientists, non-construction) also receive their basic and advanced education through DSE courses.
The Department of Strategic Logistics (DSL) offers courses aimed at employees whose positions are involved with national- and strategic-level logistics. Under ALMC, this department was known as the Materiel Management Department. The new name more clearly reflects the nature of today’s courses, which focus on state-of-the-art management of supply and mainteance from installation to DOD levels. Defense Logistics Agency and Army Materiel Command personnel are typical customers for DSL courses.
The Department of Advanced Logistics Studies (DALS) is home to courses intended for logistics professionals working at the operational level. Within ALMC, this department was known as the Logistics Executive Development Department. DALS is perhaps best known for its Intern Logistics Studies (iLog) and Theater Logistics Studies (TLog) Programs. DALS is also widely known for its courses in joint and multinational logistics and for recent initiatives in the area of interagency logistics.
CPCE plays a large role in professional education for the logistics, ORSA, and acquisition communities. However, many of the college’s courses can be readily classified as continuing education, including courses in all three core competency areas. A new ALU initiative for 2010 is to establish continuing education units (CEUs) for applicable courses. [A CEU equals 10 contact hours of instruction in a continuing education program.] Most CPCE courses will be suitable for CEU credit. Efforts are underway to research the CEU evaluation methodologies and accreditation requirements that will be needed to formally establish such a program. The college believes continuing education benefits students by helping them to maintain their professional status and supporting their future advancement. Continuing education of employees is also a measure of an organization’s commitment to excellence.