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Highlights Newsletter

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The Emerging Talent Program Kicks Off

In the Q2 Highlights Newsletter, the NIH Training Center (NIHTC) introduced the Emerging Talent Program (ETP), a new career development program designed specifically to support NIH employees at the GS 5-11 levels (including wage grade and Title 42 equivalents). The call for the 2024 ETP participants resulted in 142 nominations. From the nominations, 60 participants representing 24 ICs were placed to attend two cohorts, 30 participants each, in this inaugural year.

The launch of ETP Cohort 1 on February 26-27 was nothing short of inspiring. “Connection” served as the guiding theme throughout the orientation sessions with support from the program-titled “Luminaries” – NIH employees who lend to ETP’s success with their time and knowledge! In addition to inspiring career stories from luminaries Victoria Rucker, Tammy Reddick Lockett, and Brenda Robles, participants also gained insight on organizational culture and mindfulness from Sandra Scarbrough, Michelle Polera, Wendy Lee, and Chris Verbrugge.

Participants also embarked on "mission connection experiences," including tours of the Children’s Inn and the Central Animal Facility. These were immersive journeys into the heart of work at the NIH. Guided by Liza Cole at the Children's Inn and the expert duo, Ted Plemons and Dr. Krystal Allen-Worthington, at the Central Animal Facility, these experiences provided the cohort with a tangible sense of the impact and scope of our mission. The ETP Cohort 2 begins later this month.

ETP Cohort 1 orientation group pic 1
ETP Cohort 1 orientation visit at the Children's Inn (left to right):
Josue Lemus, Brian Sims, Liza Cole, Ian Edmundson, Daniel McMahon,
John Connell, Sheniece Guest, Keara Almon, Julian Brooks,
Paramita Kusumaningsih, Alyssa LeVie, Floyd Crawford, Megan Teague, Danielle Rickrode, Michelle McFadden, Tiara Cleveland, Tom Burklow
ETP Cohort 2 orientation group pic 2
ETP Cohort 1 orientation grabbing lunch (left to right): Mitzi Donaldson,
Daniel Avila, Krystal Allen-Worthington, Ted Plemons, Travon Anderson,
Mirieli Glazer, Lateefah Hill, Patricia Martin, Grace Buck, Joshua Thomas, Katherine Kim, Stephanie Banakis, Shaniqua Thomas, Jennifer Greene, Jasmine Lee, Turkessa Norwood

Visit the Emerging Talent Program website to learn more, or contact with questions. 

Don’t Wait to Get Your Recertification CLPs!

Two years ago, the recertification period for Federal Acquisition Certifications was standardized to a common time period of May 1, 2022–April 30, 2024. Acquisition workforce professionals with any of the following designations need to meet the continuous learning points (CLP) requirement to maintain and keep that designation.  

  • Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) – 80 CLPs
  • Federal Acquisition Certification for Contracting Officer’s Representatives (FAC-COR) – 8 CLPs for Level 1 | 40 CLPs for Levels 2 and 3
  • Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM) – 80 CLPs

Attend NIHTC acquisition classes to earn CLPs towards your recertification requirements.  

For more information on recertification requirements, check out the Office of Acquisition and Logistics Management’s website. CLPs earned from NIHTC acquisition classes should be submitted in FAI Cornerstone OnDemand (FAI CSOD). 

Contact with questions about our acquisition classes.

Check Out the Upcoming 2024 DDM Seminars

The Deputy Director for Management (DDM) Seminar Series offers the NIH community engaging presentations to provide meaningful insights into leadership and management concepts, challenges, and solutions. January’s DDM seminar, “Intentional Workplace Culture,” featured Jessica Kriegel, who leads groundbreaking research, strategy, and innovation on workplace culture. The March seminar, “Effective Communication from Leaders,” featured Lynn Perry Wooten, who specializes in crisis leadership, diversity and inclusion, and positive leadership. These videocasts are available for viewing on the DDM Past Seminars website. 

Please join us for the remaining two DDM seminars in FY24. For details and to register, visit the DDM Seminar Series website. Registration for DDM Seminars opens approximately 1-2 weeks before the session date.

Laura Vanderkam

May 16, 2024, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Laura Vanderkam – “The New Corner Office”
Laura Vanderkam is an expert on time management who shares her techniques for getting the most out of each day with audiences of busy people everywhere. She draws on 18 years of working from home to share strategies for productivity, creativity, and health in the new corner office, post-pandemic and beyond. Her work has appeared in publications including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, City Journal, Fortune, and Fast Company.

John Amaechi

July 11, 2024, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
John Amaechi – “Building Effective Teams”
John Amaechi is a respected organizational psychologist, an OBE (Order of the British Empire), Chartered Scientist, elected Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, bestselling New York Times author, Research Fellow at the University of East London, and Founder of APS Intelligence. Mr. Amaechi uses his deep psychological insight combined with real life experience to provide a touchstone for people and companies who want to thrive, achieve, and align their beliefs, values, and ethics.

⇒ Consider proposing a speaker for next year’s DDM Seminar Series! ⇐

It is never too early to start considering speakers for the FY25 DDM Seminar Series. Nomination submissions will be open on the DDM Seminar Series website July 1-31

Please contact with questions or comments.

New Classes at the NIH Training Center

Diversity fuels success! The Training Center introduces two new classes to help learners cultivate a culture of understanding, embrace differences, and unlock insights into diverse workstyles for an inclusive work environment. Click on the course titles below for details and to register. 

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Navigating Generational Differences in the Workplace

Developing, motivating, and retaining the best and brightest talent from all generations is the key to any organization’s success. Create an environment where all generations can work collaboratively and respectfully for organizational sustainability and growth.

Date:  June 18
Tuition: $330
Format: Virtual

Multicultural workplace

Best Practices for Working in a Multicultural Workplace

Today's workplace is a vibrant tapestry of cultures, ideas, and viewpoints. This course is a roadmap to cross-cultural competence, from identifying cultural differences to handling them effectively.

Date: August 29
Tuition: $440
Format: Virtual

Soft Skills September is now Soft Skills Summer

Soft Skills September changing to Soft Skills Summer

If you are familiar with the NIHTC, you’ve probably heard of Soft Skills September, an entire month dedicated to providing classes to improve your professional, interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills. We’re expanding Soft Skills September to Soft Skills Summer to allow more time for you to develop these essential skills. 

The Training Center will offer many professional development classes from June thru September. Attend a class virtually or onsite with fellow NIH employees back in the classroom. Check out the schedule below and register today. 

The Soft Skills Summer Schedule of Courses

If you have any questions about Soft Skills Summer, please contact Keisha Berkley

Brush Up on Your Budget, Data, and Purchase Card Skills!

Purchase Card Cart

If you are a budget or management analyst, administrative officer, or purchase card holder, the Training Center has a class for you! This is the last time these classes are offered this fiscal year, so secure your spot today.

Purchase Card - Logs & Reconciliation – April 16

Introduction to the NIH Budget Process – June 17–18

Data Analysis Essentials – August 7–8 

Budget Process for Scientists and Science Administrators – August 13

Browse the Course Catalog to find more classes to fit your learning and development needs.

Training for Your IC Employees

Do you know that most courses in the NIHTC Course Catalog can be requested specifically for your IC?  This is known as a closed enrollment offering—a session made available exclusively for an IC and their employees.  

It’s important to note that while most courses in the NIHTC Course Catalog can be offered as a closed enrollment, there may be times when an open enrollment is a better option. The Training Center can help determine which option is better to meet your learning needs.  

Closed Enrollment - Teaching in Action

Consider the following if you are interested in a closed enrollment offering:

  • Review the NIHTC Course Catalog for open enrollment offerings. 
  • If there are no upcoming open enrollment offerings, reach out to the NIHTC for the schedule of future classes.
  • The size of your audience, as well as a maximum number of employees attending varies per class, with a minimum of 15-20 participants required for a closed enrollment.
  • The lead time for a closed enrollment is at least 8-10 weeks to allow enough time for scheduling and logistics.

If, after considering the items above, you would like to explore a closed enrollment offering, visit the Group Training/Closed Enrollment website for guidance. Not sure if a closed enrollment is right for your IC?  Reach out to with your questions. 

Questions about Planning for Retirement? Find a Workshop That’s Right for You!

As you ponder your pre-retirement plan, you probably have questions. As this article from Government Executive indicates, there are no dumb questions when it comes to federal retirement planning. Consider attending an NIHTC pre-retirement workshop to get your questions answered. 

Pre-Retirement Workshop (FERS) - Daily

This three-day workshop is designed to provide an overview of federal retirement benefits for those on the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) and within 10 years of retirement.

Pre-Retirement Workshop (CSRS)

This three-day workshop is designed to provide an overview of federal retirement benefits for those on the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and within 10 years of retirement.

Pre-Retirement Workshop (FERS) - Weekly

Same as the FERS daily workshop, but it runs across three consecutive weeks rather than three consecutive weekdays (e.g., every Tuesday over three weeks). 

Retirement Refresher Workshop

This course is designed for federal employees within one year of retirement, who have already completed the three-day Pre-Retirement Workshop, and who are fine-tuning decisions on leaving service.

Additionally, we offer two workshops for those earlier in their federal career. They are available on a closed enrollment basis. If you have a minimum of 20 staff who want to take these foundational retirement planning workshops, please review the request guidance on the Group Training/Closed Enrollment website.

Understanding FERS Benefits for Early-Career Employees Workshop

This one-day workshop is designed for FERS employees with 2-5 years of federal service. Participants will review those important decisions made at career startup, what should be looked at again, and explore the three-tiered retirement system.

Mid-Career Financial Planning for Retirement Workshop

This two-day workshop is designed for the FERS employee with 5-20 years of federal service, or who entered federal service mid-career and wants to gain an understanding of their federal benefits while identifying financial planning strategies for success.

Please contact with questions about our retirement preparedness classes.

LMS Reports Corner

LMS Infographic

In this edition, we are highlighting the NIH CLP Transcript Report. This report allows LMS users, managers and supervisors, and LMS administrators to view continuous learning points (CLPs) associated with completed training, such as supervisory training CLPs and acquisition training CLPs. Check out the Helpful LMS Reports website for step-by-step instructions to run this report and more!

For additional assistance, visit the LMS Support website or submit a ticket to the HR Systems Support Help Desk.

Stay Informed with Training Insights

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Check out our Training Insights page to keep up with the latest happenings at the NIHTC. Get the latest Training Center news, upcoming events, and course spotlights. Make sure to check it every few weeks for updates throughout the fiscal year.

Communities Corner

Join our communities to stay in the know!

  • NIHTC Listserv – Receive updates about NIHTC news and events. 
  • TCF/ICMTC – If you are a training or workforce development professional, or manage mandatory training requirements for your IC, consider joining the NIH Training Collaborative Forum (TCF) or IC Mandatory Training Committee (ICMTC). 
  • NIHTC Acquisition Training News – Join the Viva Engage (Yammer) community to learn more about acquisition training offered at the NIHTC.  

Editorial Team

Danielle Sullivan, Editor
Barb LeClair, Managing Editor
Elena Juris, Editor in Chief
John Edmond, Media Content and Web Specialist

Keisha Berkley
Julian Brooks
John Edmond
Bob Michon
Michele Schwartzman
Virginia Tancheva
Pam Welbon