Developmental programs at White Sands Missile Range can help give employees a leg up when applying for promotions.
In a graduation ceremony for the Reaching New Height and the Executive Development Program Sept. 23 led by Mariette Mealor, program director, WSMR Center for Counter Measures Director Rodney Rogers spoke about how the program helped set an applicant apart from other applicants during recent job interviews.
“We need leaders up in our rank to lead organizations,” Rogers said. “What sets people apart is leadership skills. I applaud all of you for taking these opportunities, which help move your organization forward with your knowledge. I’m going to strongly encourage a couple of my engineers to participate in this (program).”
During his speech at the end of the graduation ceremony, Rogers said the program made it easy for him to choose an individual for a job promotion who also graduated from the EDP program that morning. Marisela Galaz was congratulated for accepting a position that is a grade level above her current pay. Galaz said she joined the program because she was interested in the opportunity to develop new leadership skills and to learn how to improve her line of communication with team members.
“This program can help employees who are looking for a leadership position and employees who would like to continue growing and developing their interpersonal skills to be able to work and collaborate with others effectively,” Galaz said. “I am thankful for the opportunity to participate in the EDP program and would like to encourage others to consider participating in future programs. Many individuals don’t really have the opportunity to take classes in school that focus on leadership skills and traits. The EDP curriculum does just that and provides a venue to learn, develop, and practice these essential traits and skills.”
Galaz said the program has prepared her to be an effective leader by being able to work with numerous different leaders and seeing their leadership styles and how they led their workforce. She attributes the success of the program to the curriculum, which entails reading several popular leadership books, taking short online courses, completing a Dale Carnegie Leadership and Management course, and participating in Army Community Services courses to learn effective leadership traits. The development programs are yearlong programs that allow employees to work one on one with mentors, learn leadership skills, and attempt to find a solution for an ongoing problem at WSMR. Reaching New Heights is open to employees who wish to advance in their profession. The Executive Development Program is open to GS-12 and GS-13 paygrade employees who also graduated from the Reaching New Heights program. The graduation ceremony began with project presentations from three groups of EDP graduates. WSMR Commander Brig. Gen. Timothy Coffin and WSMR Executive Director Paul Mann were present during the ceremony.
“We cannot afford not to invest in these opportunities. It’s an incredible testimony to the teammates here at WSMR that you’re willing to aspire to grow,” Mann said. “The work you’ve done will have ten times more value if you implement and follow through with your actions. Be thinking about how we’re going to adopt these ideas going forward.”
This is the first year Mealor was in charge of both programs. Mealor describes both programs as a way to help investigate leadership principles. She said she restructured both programs to incorporate more of the local resources and organizations here on post.
“It’s been a pleasure and an honor to facilitate you during this yearlong program,” Mealor said during the graduation.
The 2015-2016 RNH program is currently underway.
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