October 11, 2002

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Rose State Selected for Tinker First-Level Supervisor Training

With nearly half of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center's supervisors and managers expected to retire within the next five years, the First-Level Supervisors Training Program has come into place at just the right time.

Rose State College has been selected as the lead institution in providing the First-Level Supervisors Training Program for Tinker Air Force Base. TAFB identified specialized needs for current first-level supervisors, which are resident in the College's Technical Supervision and Management associate in applied science and certificate program.

The program is designed to help stem the work force issues expected to affect Tinker in the near future by offering college-level courses to prepare Tinker employees for the demanding roles in management. More than 800 employees are expected to participate in the program. Courses are taught in the Tom Steed Center and began October 3.

Altheda Anderson, chief of the Education and Training Partnership Program Office, said it is important to note that FLSTP is designed to complement, not replace, existing First-Level Supervisory Training, namely "Superman School," which focuses on the Tinker specific technical skill aspect of supervision; the FLSTP has a soft skill or people skill focus. Upon completion of the existing "Superman School" and the new FLSTP, first level supervisors will receive Certificates of Mastery in first-level supervision along with up to 15 college credit hours. These college credit hours are embedded in the RSC Technical Supervision and Management Certificate and associate in applied science degree program and will be transferable to many degree programs at various colleges and universities.

Contact: Vicki Patterson, vpatterson@rose.edu