Professional Development Available Online

September 17, 2012
Maryann Lawlor
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The AFCEA Professional Development Center (PDC) delivers several courses with the authenticity of classroom instruction and the convenience of an online format. In addition to specific courses presented byAFCEA instructors, the association has arranged for distance learning opportunities through other institutions at significantly reduced prices.

Dr. Paul A. Strassmann, distinguished George Mason University professor, is teaching a 13-week course on cyber operations online that meets in real time each Wednesday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 EDT. Students who cannot attend the course at the designated time also can view the recorded session, including video, audio and participants' comments, which is available from a protected AFCEA website location. Students also can mix and match synchronous and asynchronous attendance to meet their scheduling needs. This course qualifies for continuing education units (CEUs).

Courses also are offered in the form of webinars. Topics include cyberterrorism, cyber intelligence and cyberdiplomacy; attending these webinars also qualifies for CEUs. The Cyberthreats: Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive and Electromagnetic Pulse (CBRNE+) webinar takes place from 10:30 a.m. to noon EDT on September 28 and is designed to assist military, government and civilian first responders.

The PDC also has arranged for AFCEANs to take classes online through preferred providers. The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) offers online undergraduate and graduate programs at a 25 percent discount to association members. ITpreneurs offers online courses on topics such as project management professional and ITIL with a 30 percent discount for AFCEA members. The SANS Institute and Cypherpath provide online security training at a 10 percent discount and a 20 percent discount, respectively, for AFCEA members.

The PDC currently is exploring how to transition some of its traditional classroom classes to an online format. Details will be published as soon as they are available.

For additional information, contact that PDC via pdc@afcea.org or at (703) 631-6137.

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