AFRL Sensors Directorate Learning Office offers remote development opportunities

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  • By Zach Tateman
  • Air Force Research Laboratory Public Affairs

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Air Force Research Laboratory Sensors Directorate Learning Office teamed up with the Wright-Patterson Education and Training office June 19 to provide the “Emotional Intelligence – A Different Way of Being Smart” course virtually, paving the way for AFRL employees to learn remotely.

Due to COVID-19, this professional development opportunity was originally canceled. However, the Sensor’s Directorate Learning Office reached out to the Wright-Patterson Education and Training office to find a way to conduct courses for those who are working from home.

“We, as Education and Training are now offering select courses virtually through Commercial Virtual Remote (CVR) Teams,” said Willie L. Reese, Jr., WPAFB Training Delivery Chief. “Keeping yourself motivated and finding new ways to learn vital skills can make the eventual return to the office environment smoother, or open doors to new opportunities down the road.”

This virtual learning environment allowed for more employees to attend than originally planned and showcased the innovative spirit of AFRL to overcome adversity during this unprecedented time.

“We can use this time as an opportunity to learn new material and further our professional development,” said Cynthia Patterson, a training instructor with the WPAFB Education and Training office. “This is one thing that we do have control over – development and continued learning.”

That approach did not go unnoticed by those who took the class. Professional development remains an important aspect of what makes AFRL successful.

“Our Learning Office reached out to the training sponsors and asked to explore alternative options to deliver the course, and they agreed to work with us,” said Buffy Greene, a Sensors Directorate employee that attended the course. “I really appreciated taking part in the Emotional Intelligence course virtually. I look forward to taking additional courses this way as well.”