USA: NETC Recognized for BEST Training


The Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) was recognized for outstanding contributions to workplace learning and development during the 2011 American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) BEST Awards ceremony Oct. 6 at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center.

The ASTD BEST awards recognize organizations that demonstrate enterprise-wide success as a result of employee learning and development and use the learning function as a strategic business tool to get results.

Capt. Chuck Hollingsworth, commanding officer of the Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD), received the award on behalf of the NETC commander, and was a featured presenter at the ‘Learn from the Best’ conference Oct. 7.

“I’m honored to receive this award on behalf of the 12,000 professionals of NETC who provide outstanding training to our global Navy forces,” said Hollingsworth. “Placing third out of 32 finalists and a total of 73 organizations validates the quality of Navy training and recognizes our pursuit of excellence in delivering critical skills training to our Sailors as well as being an employer of choice.”

Earning third place out of 32 BEST Award winners, NETC is among organizations from Canada, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Turkey and the United States honored as winners in the 2011 BEST Award competition.

“These 32 organizations excelled in creating innovative, vibrant learning cultures that clearly aligned with strategic business goals,” said Tony Bingham, ASTD’s president and CEO. “They get it. The leadership of these organizations value learning and know it is a strategy driver. “

As a 2011 BEST Award winner, NETC will be featured in the October issue of ASTD’s Training + Development (T+D) monthly magazine.

For this year’s BEST Awards, NETC competed against 73 organizations in 10 countries. Organizations submitted quantitative and qualitative information to ASTD about their learning and development practices and programs. Applications were assessed in a blind review by members of the BEST Awards advisory committee, a select group of experts in the learning and development field.

ASTD is the world’s largest association dedicated to the training and development field. ASTD’s members come from 100 countries and connect locally in 130 U.S. chapters and with 30 international partners.

At the ‘Learn from the BEST’ conference the day after the BEST awards presentations, speakers from the top 32 award-winning organizations shared their BEST practices and successes.

Hollingsworth’s presentation focused on the diverse approaches to two training products created by CPPD that had very different requirements for content, delivery method and intended audience. The first was Navy-wide training on the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law, which was mandatory training for all Navy employees that was delivered to a global workforce. The second was the training resource “Navy Operational Fueling and Fitness Series,” which is optional training that teaches Sailors how to effectively exercise to decrease injuries and effectively eat to achieve optimum body fueling and performance.

Hollingsworth stressed that for both projects, CPPD began with the end in mind. By thinking about the content, audience, delivery method and production results desired, CPPD provided two different training products that were tailored to specific Navy needs.

This is the first year that NETC competed for the BEST awards following three years in a row that the Navy performed well at the ASTD Excellence in Practice awards.

In 2010, two NETC learning centers received ASTD recognition: Surface Warfare Officer School (SWOS) submitted and was one of only 16 organizations to receive an Excellence in Practice Award for its Full-Spectrum Warfare Training program. The Center for Naval Engineering (CNE) received an Excellence in Practice Citation for its analysis of the Basic Engineering Common Core course.

From 2009 applications, Excellence in Practice Citations were awarded to NETC for the Language, Regional Expertise and Culture Program, Voluntary Education Program, and SWOS’s Full Spectrum Surface Warfare Training. The Naval Service Training Command was also cited for its Computer-Based Adult Reading Comprehension Improvement and Game-Based Casualty Training System.

In 2008, NETC received Excellence in Practice Awards for the Center for Information Dominance (CID) Navy COOL program and the Center for Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Diving Preparatory Training for Entry Level Divers. Excellence in Practice Citations were received for CID’s Navy COOL program and also for the Navy Task Force Life Work program.

Source: navy, October 10, 2011