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Civilian career tips are focus of upcoming webcasts

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Civilian Airmen will learn how to plan for their next job, how education affects their careers and more during webcasts in May and June tailored for specific grade-groups.

Hosted by representatives of the Air Force Personnel Center civilian force integration directorate, the webcasts support the Air Force commitment to developing Airmen, said Loretta Brown, the leadership development program office chief.

"The Air Force deliberately develops all Airmen to ensure they are able to fully contribute to the mission and achieve their own career goals," Ms. Brown said. "These webcasts will help civilian Airmen understand their growth options and enable them to plan their careers."

Civilian institutional development programs exist at every leadership level in a "continuum of learning" created in 2009 to ensure civilians have opportunities to achieve necessary proficiency levels. In support of that continuum, the webcasts will focus specifically on what people in three grade groups need to know.

May 12 webcasts will be tailored to GS-14 and GS-15 employees. May 26 information will be for GS-12 and GS-13 employees, and June 21 webcasts will be for GS-7 through GS-11 Airmen. Supervisors also are encouraged to listen in so that they are able to assist and support their employees' development plans. Subject-matter experts will be online to provide real-time answers to questions during the 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. central time webcasts.

To join the webcast, go to https://connect.dco.dod.mil/dpi. Those registered with the Defense Connect Online tool will use their user names and passwords to log in, but participants can log in as guests as well. Login will be available 30 minutes prior to the webcast, and those who login as guests must provide their names and bases to be invited to the session.

Some computers may not run the program, which requires Adobe® Flash Player 8. To ensure they have access, those who plan to participate should test their configuration at https://connect.dco.dod.mil/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.

For more information about civilian education and development opportunities or other personnel issues, visit the Air Force personnel services website at https://gum-crm.csd.disa.mil/app/home, or call the Total Force Service Center at 800-525-0102 or DSN 665-5000.