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 January 22, 2010


Instructor training supports
professional development, AFTB

Story & Photo by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff

Attendees of the Army Community Service  (ACS) Center Instructor Trainer Course became proficient on the skills needed to become effective instructors during the course held Jan. 11-12 and 14 at Fort McCoy.

PHOTO: Lorie Retzlaff (far right) facilitates an Instructor Trainer Course.
Lorie Retzlaff (far right) facilitates an Instructor Trainer Course.

Dianne Sommers, ACS Army Family Team Building (AFTB) program manager, and Lorie Retzlaff, Army Volunteer Corps coordinator, facilitated the course.

The course curriculum is a new initiative mandated to meet the standards in Army Regulation 608-1, the Army Community Service Center program. All ACS employees must attend the course.

“Many organizations are using the course as a professional development opportunity for their employees,” Sommers said.

Topics presented in the course include:  Introduction to Effective Instructors, Platform Skills, The Adult Learner, Managing the Learning Environment, Methods of Instruction, and The Preparation Process.

All participants are required to give a 10- minute presentation at the end of the course.  Anyone participating in the course also is qualified to be an Army Family Team Building instructor.

The course will continue to be offered on a regular basis. 

Registration is open to anyone on the installation. Training also can be provided on request.

For more information about the Instructor Trainer Course, call ACS at 608-388-3505.

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