|Graduate School USA Celebrates Those Who Make Government Work|
In appreciation of our public servants during Public Service Recognition Week, Graduate School USA thanks the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, local, and county employees. Graduate School USA was founded as a resource for those in public service, and for over ninety years we've been dedicated to your success.
May 14, 2015 - Social Security Administration's ODAR/OAO Wins Prestigious
W. Edwards Deming Award for Unprecedented Second Time
May 12, 2014 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency Employee Development Division Receives 19th Annual W. Edwards Deming Award
May 23, 2013 - Taiwanese Native Brings Wealth of Global Experience to Graduate School USA Internship
May 20, 2013 - HUD Office of Field Policy and Management Wins 18th Annual Deming Award
February 27, 2013 - Graduate School USA’s W. Edwards Deming Award Celebrates Excellence in Government Training
February 11, 2013 - Graduate School USA’s International Institute Awarded Two New Grants
February 5, 2013 - Graduate School USA Now Accepting Nominations for 2013 W. Edwards Deming Award
Graduate School USA’s Executive Leadership Program Supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Phoenix, AZ
Survey of Federal Workers’ Sense of Appreciation Shows Mixed Results
Graduate School USA's Edward R. Murrow Program Hosted International Journalists in the United States
November 27, 2012 - What Does Community Service Mean to You?
October 12, 2012 - Graduate School USA To Host Information Sessions for its Center for Health Sciences
October 9, 2012 - Graduate School USA's Culinary Diplomacy Project Commended
October 16, 2012 - Graduate School USA Hosts Professionals For Nonprofits Presentation - Enhancing Employability in the Nonprofit Sector
May 8, 2012 - The Naval Aviation Test and Evaluation University Receives 17th Annual W. Edwards Deming Award
April 30, 2012 - Graduate School USA Expands Security Training Curriculum
March 21, 2012 - Joi L. Brown-Thompson, Graduate School USA Graduate, Wins 2011 Askew Award
March 15, 2012 - Graduate School USA's Dr. Jerry Ice Participates in DC Policy Forum
March 6, 2012 - Graduate School USA Continues its Federal Training Officers Seminar Series
February 29, 2012 - Graduate School USA Hosts Federal Training Officers Seminar Series
January 5, 2012 - Graduate School USA Now Offering Accounting Degrees Online
December 21, 2011 - Graduate School USA Contributes to DC Community Park
December 21, 2011 - Seventh Annual CES Government Conference
November 21, 2011 - Graduate School USA Continues its Federal Training Officers Seminar Series
November 17, 2011 - Graduate School USA Now Accepting Nominations for 2012 W. Edward Deming Award
November 16, 2011 - Graduate School USA Expanding Center for Health Sciences
November 9, 2011 - Graduate School USA Celebrates 90 Years of Serving the Federal Government and District of Columbia Residents
October 4, 2011 - Graduate School USA Hosts Federal Training Officers Seminar Series
August 29, 2011 - Graduate School USA's President and CEO Receives Blacks In Government Presidential Award
August 25, 2011 - Graduate School USA's "Meeting the New Government Mandates" Seminar Offered Key Insights into New Laws
July 25, 2011 - Graduate School USA Hires Director of Marketing and Communications
July 21, 2011 - Graduate School USA Part of Winning 7 Delta Team Contract
July 20, 2011 - Graduate School USA Offers Meeting the New Government Mandates Seminar for Federal Government Training Leaders
June 20, 2011 - Graduate School USA Wins Hermes Creative Gold Award
May 24, 2011 - Social Security Administration Receives 16th Annual W. Edwards Deming Award
March 17, 2011 - Phoenix 4-H Club Members Learn About Healthy Eating and Exercise
March 10, 2011 - Graduate School USA to Establish Center for Education and Training
at The Wharf on the Southwest Waterfront
February 22, 2011 - Graduate School Honors Instructor Excellence
December 14, 2010 - Graduate School Launches Associate of Applied Science Degree in Accounting
November, 29, 2010 - Graduate School Now Accepting Nominations for 2011 W. Edwards Deming Award
November 18, 2010 - Federal Government Executives Descend on San Antonio to Learn Best Practices from Local Organizations
November 16, 2010 - Graduate School and Franklin Covey Co. Offering Specialized Leadership and Effectiveness Training for Government
October 28, 2010 - Graduate School Academic Programs Support DC Community
October 8, 2010 - Graduate School Announces Partnership with Stanford and IP Solutions
August 20, 2010 - Graduate School Introduces Allied Health Academic Programs
July 29, 2010 - Graduate School and Franklin Covey Co. Partner to Provide Leadership and Effectiveness Training for Gov
May 13, 2010 - Graduate School Executive Potential Program Team Named Outstanding Federal Employees of 2010
| SRA Wins Five Brandon Hall Group Awards for Excellence in Training
We’re proud to announce that training programs on which Graduate School USA has done project work as a subcontractor to SRA International have won Brandon Hall Group Awards (Gold, Silver, and Bronze) for Excellence in Training and Development. These awards honor organizations “that have demonstrated major successes across their Human Capital Management business areas.” The winning projects represent training programs created for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) through their Career Technical Training and HR Academy initiatives.
| GS Presidential Search Committee Appointed |
Graduate School USA has a long history and recognition of effectively providing education and training to Federal employees in the Washington, DC area, as well as many others throughout the world. Recently, our former President and CEO, Dr. Jerry Ice, retired after 12 years of service to the School. In accordance with the succession plan, the Board of Trustees has now appointed the Graduate School USA President and Chief Executive Officer Search Committee. The Presidential Search Committee will assist the Board in helping to identify a noteworthy successor for Dr. Ice, someone who will successfully lead the School into the future.
| GSUSA President and CEO Dr. Jerry Ice Retires After 12 Years; Provost Elaine Ryan Named Interim President|
On Friday, September 13, 2013, President and Chief Executive Officer Jerry Ice, Ed.D., retired from his position with Graduate School USA. Dr. Ice led the School for over a decade, through some of the most important events in the 92 years of our history, including our transition from a federal entity affiliated with the Department of Agriculture to our present status as a nonprofit educational organization.
The School has initiated the search for a new President and CEO and will engage an outside consultant, as well as a Search Committee composed of School staff, faculty, and Board members, to help identify top candidates for this crucial role. Nominations for the new President and CEO will be accepted beginning in October 2013 and a full description of the role and nomination procedure will be posted on this site.
| Learn New Ways to Boost Learning with Technology at CCME|
Learn the latest methods for increasing student engagement from learning technology experts at Graduate School USA, Blackboard, and Adobe.
Attend Using Technology to Improve the Engagement of Adult Learners, a concurrent session held at this year’s Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) Symposium in San Diego on Thursday, February 28, from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in Cobalt Room 504.
| Healthcare: An Industry Full of Opportunities|
Careers in healthcare are as varied as the personalities of the people that work in the industry. The diverse nature of healthcare offers tremendous opportunities for those just starting on a career path or for career changers looking to make a difference. The American Medical Association's Health Care Careers Directory lists information about more than 80 healthcare careers.
According to Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. (EMSI) analysts, the Health Care and Social Assistance industry in the metropolitan region is thriving, with more than 324K jobs in 2011. More than 75% of those jobs are in the District and in the immediate surrounding counties of Maryland and Virginia (Montgomery, PG, Arlington and Fairfax). This trend is expected to continue through 2018, with 16% job growth.
| Graduate School USA Expands Security Training Curriculum|
Graduate School USA is pleased to announce it has acquired the assets of two well-respected security training firms – Kenneth Sudol & Associates and JPW Security Solutions. With this addition the School can now offer an even broader security curriculum to address the critical training needs of federal, state and local government employees as well as to contractor companies in the private sector requiring security training. Specifically, courses in the areas of Information Security, Personnel Security, Physical Security, Counterintelligence, and Industrial Security, among others, will now be offered by renowned security instructors through Graduate School USA.
The firms' principals, Kenneth E. Sudol, President, Kenneth Sudol & Associates, Inc. and John Waller, CEO/President, JPW Security Solutions, will be working on a smooth transition for customers and will be joining Graduate School USA as instructors, along with other instructors from the two companies.
| Announcing the 2012 Deming Award Winner!|
WASHINGTON, May 8, 2012 – Graduate School USA presented its W. Edwards Deming Award to the Naval Aviation and Test Evaluation University (NATEU) on May 7, 2012. NATEU won the award for its training of Department of Navy flight test personnel and its collaborative training with other Department of Defense entities and industry partners.
The Naval Aviation Test and Evaluation University was developed by the Naval Air Systems Command to provide training to Department of Navy flight test personnel and to share this training with other Department of Defense entities and industry partners. Unlike other areas of postgraduate study, comprehensive test and evaluation engineering training is not available through any traditional academic institutions. The University was developed in response to a challenge from the Chief of Naval Operations to "improve training and development opportunities for our civilian workforce, recognizing that their individual growth is an institutional gain."
| National Women's History Month Celebration |
On Wednesday, March 28, 2012, Graduate School USA held a special celebration for its staff and special guests in honor of Women's History Month. Nearly 100 people attended, both in person at the DC event and via audio conference for others around the country.
Attendees heard from two amazing women who are special supporters of the School Barbara Lang and Constance Newman. Ms. Newman is a member of the Board of Trustees and has served seven different presidential appointments, including assistant secretary of state for African affairs. She was recently named one of the "20 All-Time Greatest Feds" by Government Executive magazine.
| Jerry Ice Receives Blacks In Government Presidential Award
Graduate School USA's President and CEO, Dr. Jerry Ice, received the prestigious Blacks In Government (BIG) Presidential Award at a special ceremony on Thursday, August 25. The award was given to Dr. Ice in recognition of the longstanding collaborative relationship between Blacks in Government and the School.
"We want to recognize Dr. Ice for nurturing our long-standing relationship and assisting us in building dynamic, progressive leaders throughout our government,"said J. David Reeves, BIG's National President, as he presented the award at the organization's 33rd National Training Conference.
| ELP Class of 2011-2 Graduates|
After nine months of self assessment, training, experiential learning, interviews, and developmental assignments, the Executive Leader Program 2011-2 arrived at graduation. As friends and family gathered in Towson, Maryland, to celebrate the culmination of the demanding journey with their loved ones, the atmosphere in the room was one of both anticipation and relief. This ELP class included 156 participants from the U.S. and Virgin Islands, coming to the program from over 30 agencies. By realizing the value of continual learning, many of the participants stretched themselves and went to places they never thought they would ever go as a result of ELP.
Sharon Barcellos, Program Manager for ELP, began the ceremony with remarks in which she noted that 5 ELP participants were previous graduates of Graduate School USA's New Leader Program. Other participants were recognized as they were currently finishing degrees or experiencing career changes or job promotions due to their participation in this program.
| Congratulations EPP Class of 2011|
The Executive Potential Program class of 2011 was the longest-running class in EPP history! Participants were scheduled to graduate in March of this year, but because of the looming government shutdown the ceremony was pushed back to June. Rick Henry, EPP Program Manager, told the graduating class: Each class is kind of like your child. So I was thinking. What child is this? This is the child who graduated from college but moved back home. At that time the parents say, 'I love you. I'm so glad to have had this extra time with you, but you've got to go!'
This lighthearted comment set the tone for the morning's festivities, as participants reflected on the last year they had spent in the program and also with each other. Rick began by recognizing all who contribute to the program. To all families: thank you for allowing your loved one to spend time away involved in EPP. To all children: you are our future EPP graduates. To all mentors: due to your unbelievable guidance, you really made the experience for our participants. To all program coordinators: your presence is invaluable, as you are the driving force for bringing participants to the program. To all supervisors: thank you for making the sacrifice to allow your talented staff to do a developmental assignment away from your agency. We appreciate how you believe in them."
| Graduate School USA Wins International Award for Creative Course Development|
E-Learning course soars
with Hermes Creative Award.
The Hermes Creative Award Group recently announced Graduate School USA's Developing Performance Audit Findings course as a 2011 Gold Award winner in the e-learning category.
The Hermes Award acknowledges the creative work involved in the development of this course, setting it apart from more than 4,400 entries. This international competition evaluates the conceptualizing, writing, and design of both traditional materials and programs and emerging technologies.
Graduate School USA is honored to receive this award as we continually strive for effective and engaging distance education in the government sector, said Sharon Fratta-Hill, Ph.D., Vice
President of Distance Education, Graduate School USA.
| Executive Leadership Program partners with Local Community |
Current participants in Graduate School USA's Executive Leadership Program (ELP) recently completed their team project, titled "Foot Lose." ELP group The Soaring Swans organized this project in support of the President's Challenge and Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" Campaign to fight childhood obesity. The Swans teamed up with Charles Houston Elementary School in northeast, asking students to write and submit essays on the importance of fitness.
ELP group projects allow all participants to practice their team-building and leadership skills. As each participant has the opportunity to become team leader, group projects help them put theory into practice. Participants work toward a common goal: in this instance, educating children about the importance of fitness.
| A Supervisor's Dilemma - How Do I Know They Are Working?|
In the midst of implementation of the Telework Act of 2010, many federal supervisors and managers are experiencing challenges with embracing telework as a method of operating. One question looms large: I can't see them so how do I know they my employees are being productive? The answer is the same as the question when you do see your employees, how do you know that they are being productive?
| A Unique Classroom|
Most instructors at the Graduate School spend their time in a traditional classroom or training room. Most that travel to provide on-site training fly into their destination, perhaps take a cab to the closest hotel and make a hasty retreat when it's over. Not Carol Plummer.
Carol, a Federal Benefits instructor based in Tennessee, likes to take the time to enjoy her off-site training visits for the Indian Health Service. Well, she really has no choice. To reach her destination in the Navajo Nation at the border of Arizona and New Mexico, she flies into Albuquerque and then drives for three to four hours - through the stunningly beautiful landscape.
| Education for the Community: Academic Programs|
The Graduate School's Academic Programs debuted its first DC-area degree program this fall, the Medical Lab Technician Associate of Applied Science, with the opening of the Center for Health Sciences. The establishment of this division enriches the School's capabilities and expands our mission. Through these programs, the School hopes to positively impact the community by preparing residents for employment and further professional education.
Headed by Dr. Elaine Ryan, Provost, the division is dedicated to building high-quality credit programs that meet the career-preparation needs of area residents. Academic Programs will offer certificate and degree programs, as well as professional development courses, activities and resources.