G1 - ACALA
ACALA Academy is a TACOM Rock Island initiated program that brings St. Ambrose University courses here to Rock Island Arsenal during duty-hours in three programs:
- ACALA Academy I - Undergraduate courses to earn 24 credit hour Business Management Certificate.
- ACALA Academy II - Undergraduate courses to earn 33 credit hour Analytical Certificate.
- ACCEL ACALA Academy - Graduate courses to earn 36 credit hour masters degree in the Masters of Organizational Leadership (MOL) (see St. Ambrose web site www.sau.edu/accel/mol/mol.htm).
ACALA Academy courses are taught on an accelerated schedule and students need to be prepared for challenging work assignments as part of the compressed schedule. All courses are taught on-site during duty hours at RIA.
There are no grade restrictions placed upon eligibility for this program.
Classes are available through the Training, Education, and Development (TED). In searching for classes, the course title contains "(ACALA ACADEMY)" for ACALA Academy I courses, "(AA II)" for ACALA Academy II courses,
or "(GRAD)" for ACCEL ACALA Academy.
Employees' training requests must be input into TED. This is necessary to assure supervisors' approval for attendance during duty-hours and funding*. Funding covers the tuition and books.
*NOTE: There are three methods of funding: (1) employee pays, (2) office pays, and (3) HQ,JMC employees' centralized funding (only open to HQ, JMC employees). Once candidate is selected for this program, they are
centrally funded (tuition and books) for the entire series of courses required by the candidates' selected ACALA Academy program. Even with funding, candidate will still need to receive Supervisor approval for
enrollment into each course. The candidate/employees' training requests must be input into TED. This is necessary to assure supervisors' approval for attendance during duty-hours. Candidate needs to realize that
workload, change of supervisor, etc., may result in course denial.
POC can be reached at (309) 782-0965, or (309) 782-0728, TACOM-RI.
G1 - Career Management of the Acquisition & Technology Workforce (A&TWF)
The Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) of 1990 established the Defense Acquisition & Technology Workforce (A&TWF) with the intent of professionalizing those individuals that support the
acquisition of our warfighting systems, thus improving the overall acquisition process. Throughout the 1990's this workforce has drawn down almost 50%, with the average age increasing to the mid to late 40's.
Resources for achieving the requisite education, training, and experience standards have become constrained as well.
The challenges now are greater than ever as we face new adversaries and the threat of global terrorism. We must effectively adapt to these changing times in an environment that is resource-limited.
Our workforce must be equipped with the right tools to support our Warfighters, and we must execute the A&TWF as the vehicle to make that happen. This includes strengthening our relationship with
the Warfighter, cultivating an environment conducive to achieving career goals and leader development, and developing a technically competent workforce that can support the Army's Transformation.
The time is now to set the pace for our future. This is not an acquisition thing, it is an Army thing.
Planning your Acquisition Career requires the following steps. Your local Acquisition Career Manager (309) 782-3299 / DSN 793-3299, or your Command POC (309) 782-2088 / DSN 793-2088, is also available
to provide assistance.
The following will provide you with general information, points of contact, policies, procedures, and terminology that are important to your acquisition career development: http://asc.army.mil/career/civilian.cfm