Story by Keegan Rammel on 06/18/2019Washington, D.C. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD) employees won the 2019 Training Officers Consortium's Learning Technologies Award during the 64th annual Distinguished Service Awards Ceremony at the City Club of Washington, D.C. on June 11.
The Command's Course Catalog and Registration Development team developed an online tool that helps manage, track, and register employees for NSWCPD's on-site workforce development classes.
NSWCPD's Ryan Fox, Workforce Development Program Lead, and Dave Perritt, Information Technical Lead, made up the team that won the award.
"It's nice to be recognized by the Workforce Development community, Fox said. "This recognition motivates me to continue to search for new areas for process improvement."
The Course Catalog and Registration Tool allows employees to find a course schedule, register for the course, and then track their trainings digitally. This puts less burden on the employee taking the training and the Workforce Development Branch that used to manually advertise, register, and track training for every NSWCPD employee.
According to the nomination for the Course Catalog and Registration Development Tool, "the online tool now tracks approximately 100 on site courses to date, and manages approximately 2,200 employee registrations. This process saved the [Workforce Development Branch] approximately eight hours per week (416 hours/year) and approximately $29,000 per year in labor costs."
Perritt, who built the program within SharePoint, saw this project as an opportunity to help his co-workers.
"My goal was to make everyone's life easier, both for those in training and for the Workforce Development office managing the training," Perritt said. "The future goal is to make it even easier."
According to Training Officers Consortium, the Learning Technologies award is, "presented to an individual, team or agency that has developed an innovative, effective and user-friendly technology system for managing, tracking or delivering training or other learning activities."
The Training Officers Consortium was established in Washington in 1938 to further the knowledge and practice of human resources and training. It is a nonprofit organization made up of federal trainers and professionals from other industries.
NSWCPD employs approximately 2,600 civilian engineers, scientists, technicians, and support personnel doing research and development, test and evaluation, acquisition support, and in-service and logistics engineering for Navy ships. NSWCPD is also the lead organization providing cybersecurity for all ship systems.