New certificate program enhances promotion opportunities for active duty military

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UCCS will offer a 12-hour certificate designed for active duty military members to qualify for promotion with the Adaptive Leadership Certificate approved Sept. 12 by the CU Board of Regents. The program will be administered through the College of Education’s Department of Leadership, Research and Foundations.

“The United States military is adapting to require higher levels of training and education for a smaller more advanced force,” said Valerie Martin Conley, dean of the College of Education. “The Army in particular, the largest military branch, has made significant policy changes around training and education that impact retention, professional development, promotion and expectations for soldiers at all levels.”

The four-course program is aligned to the U.S. Army’s non-commissioned officer professional development system, and developed with counsel from military leaders and education advisors at Fort Carson. The certificate is available to all students and can be used as an elective for other bachelor degree programs and could be used for students seeking employment in social services, management positions or with faith-based organizations.

“In the Pikes Peak community, there is an existing gap in face-to-face college-level leadership training for active duty service-members,” said Phillip Morris, assistant professor of leadership, research and foundations. “The completion of adaptive leadership certificate will enhance soldier and airmen opportunity to move up the promotion platform, by aligning leadership critical skills with the Army and Department of Defense Distributed Leader Course core competencies. This certificate will also provide essential organizational concepts and knowledge that will transition well within the civilian workforce.”

Paired with the approval of the inclusive behavior certificate by the Board Sept. 12, UCCS offers 30 gainful employment certificates along with 48 bachelor’s degrees, 24 master’s degrees and seven doctoral degrees.

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