Executive & Senior Leadership Trainiong delivers a core curriculum for Supervisors, Managers, and Leaders at all levels in support of VA’s Transformational initiatives. The current effort is focused on achieving the following results.: (1) Alignent to VA Transformational Leadership Competencies; (2) Building a framework for VA Executive Development program; (3) Designed options for Managers and Supervisors training. (4) Providing for program related assessments and evaluations; and (5) Developing hybrid-learning programs linked to the VA Transformation Strategy.
These courses offer something for everyone at VA. Gain leadership, communication and collaboration skills to help improve VA and service to veterans.
LMTP provides competency-aligned leadership development for each of the four leadership levels: team leader, first-line supervisor, mid-level manager, and senior manager following a training design that is made up of four curriculum modules: Introduction to Leadership in VA, Core Leadership, Electives in Leadership, and Continuous Development, supported by VALUs Talent Management System (TMS).
Michael Barnett, Acting Program Manager
The inclusion of Leadership Competency Assessments in the TMS for VA’s Leaders and Managers will provide for the determination of leadership skills gaps which can then be used to schedule the appropriate training to address that gap. Additionally, the gaps can be “rolled up” to guide the development/delivery of training targeted at the most pressing skills gaps identified for any specified group of VA leaders/managers.
Columbus Lee, Acting Program Manager
The Leadership Development Portal (LDP) provides application, operational, communication, and collaboration assistance to many leadership development programs throughout VA as well as multiple communities of practice (CoP’s). Utilization of the Leadership Development Portal (LDP) allows for a 21st century delivery of VA’s leadership development programs. It promotes individualized training that can be accessed anywhere, anytime and provides for a ready resource to all sorts of questions through its social networking capability.
Columbus Lee, Program Manager
The “Leadership Infusion Training” program provides various training opportunities for VA leaders and managers through Office of Personnel Management (OPM). One effort is “seats” in training programs offered by OPM catalogue such as the Federal Executive Institute (FEI) handle by VALU. A second effort is training courses regionally delivered across the VA under OPM’s VA customized face-to-face “Mini Roadshows” program. An additional effort under this program is the delivery ability of open enrollment training/customize training instances such as Senior Executive Assessment Program and SES Orientation Briefing.
Program Manager - Rhonda Carter
Leadership VA (LVA) -- The LVA program is the Department’s premier leadership development training event for high-potential, high-performing GS 13 – 15 and Title 38 equivalent employees. The primary purpose of the program is to develop and enhance the leadership skills and competencies of the Department’s high-performing leaders; in order to better prepare them for higher levels of responsibility. The LVA program has been championed by the Secretary VA for more than 35 years and has been enhancing the leadership skills of the Department’s best and brightest since its inception; responsible for infusing the VA with hundreds of active LVA Alumni Fellows and is offered on an annual basis with a cohort of 80 persons. Additionally, LVA graduates continue to hold some of the most senior positions within VA; thereby ensuring the delivery of high-quality healthcare, benefits, memorial and other services to our Veterans and their families. LVA ensures continuity of leadership development within the Department by building a sturdy pipeline of committed, talented and engaged fellows. The program is also a key component of implementing the VA’s strategic objectives.
Seventy-six LVA graduates, representing all Department of Veterans Affairs Administrations and Staff Offices, successfully completed a four week residency dedicated to improving their leadership skills.
The course included vigorous intersession work that developed and targeted the skills needed to face the many challenges facing our Federal Government during the 21st century.
In support of Secretary’s goals of transforming the VA, LVA is an enterprise-wide Leadership Development course that attracts top candidates from all areas of VA.
Graduates receive professional training that helps to build their networks, increase their leadership skills and prepare for the future.
To learn more about LVA, contact the LVA Team at VACOLVA@va.gov.
Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) – The SESCDP is an OPM-approved training program designed to develop a diverse, qualified, certified pool of SES Candidates to lead VA Transformation. The Program is comprised of tools, resources, activities, developmental assignment(s), evaluations, and reflections on learning which, when organized and matched to an individual’s development needs, help prepare the candidate for the Senior Executive Service (SES). The VA SESCDP is designed to train, develop, and result in OPM certified individuals with the readiness and aspiration to lead the VA and Federal transformation efforts and steward the cross-functional, inter-agency challenges of the future. The program spans over an 18-24 month period and is announced on a bi-annual basis.
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Dear Valued Skillsoft Customer,
We wanted to make you aware of new behavior users may be experiencing since the latest Oracle Java JRE updates. After upgrading to JRE versions 1.7.0_55 or 1.8.0_05, users may be seeing the following additional warning message when launching some Java applets:
This message is due to a change that Oracle made to the Java security model. The user must click Allow, or the applet will be unable to communicate. Additionally, the user may click the Do not show this again for this app and web site checkbox in order to suppress the message on future applet launches.
The caller-allowable-codebase attribute was introduced in an earlier version of JRE 1.7.0 and it allows an applet to specify what domains are allowed to communicate with it. Because our applets may be installed in either Skillsoft-hosted environments or customer/partner-hosted environments, we are unable to specify an explicit list of domains that are allowed to launch our applets. Therefore, we specify the wildcard (*) so that the Player is allowed to communicate with any domain it is launched from. Until JRE 1.7.0_51, this worked fine. However, as of JRE 1.7.0_55 and JRE 1.8.0_05, Java will now prompt the user if an applet attempts to allow wildcard (*) as the value for the caller-allowable-codebase attribute.
Despite our best efforts to test with a pre-release version JRE 1.7.0_60, this new behavior was not discovered until the production versions of the JRE was released. This behavior was also not present in the initial release of JRE 1.8, but was introduced with the latest 1.8.0_05 release.
Skillsoft is investigating ways that we might suppress this additional prompt, but in the meantime, users will be required to click Allow in order for the applet to launch successfully.
We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this may be causing to your users or your organization.
Update to Skillsoft Courses (May 2013)
In May 2013, an update to all web-based Skillsoft courses in the TMS was deployed. A short post-course evaluation will now be required for each Skillsoft course in order to receive your certificate of completion. These evaluations will gather user feedback to shape future training.
If you did not complete the evaluation immediately following completion of the content, it will be available through your TMS To-Do list to complete later. You can find these evaluations either by changing your To-Do List view to “Show: Surveys” or by looking for the evaluation by title. Once you complete the short survey, the TMS will be updated with your certificate of completion.
You will need to restart any Skillsoft course that was not completed before May 20.
VALP is an enterprise-wide online leadership development program designed to develop the skills of high-potential, high-performing VA employees and prepare them for leadership roles within VA. Through the use of a variety of virtual learning modalities, VALP meets the leadership development needs of geographically dispersed, mid-level VA employees who have high demands on their time. The VALP curriculum is mapped to VA’s core competencies, which fall into three broad themes: Personal Leadership, Interpersonal Leadership, and Organizational Leadership.
Mitchell Scott, Program Manager