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The National Science Foundation requires a world-class staff that
has the knowledge and tools necessary to sustain the level of excellence
required to perform the Agency's mission. The NSF Academy has been
established to serve as the central locus of learning for NSF. The
following are some of the programs and resources available:
FasTrac Web-Based E-Learning includes over
1,000 courses in administration, management and leadership development,
project management, financial management and other related subjects,
including in Information Technology (IT).
Onsite classroom courses are also offered on
a wide variety of topics, ranging from MicroSoft Word to project
Each year the NSF Academy sponsors a series of Program Management
activities scheduled to coincide with the arrival of new staff.
The Program Management Seminar describes the
role of NSF's program officers in conducting the business of the
Foundation and examines the special skills needed to accomplish
NSF's Independent Research/Development Program
enables NSF staff to maintain their research program while employed
by the Foundation.
The ACE Program is NSF's upward mobility program
designed to focus attention on the various options employees and
supervisors can use for career development and advancement.
NSF's After Hours Program provides tuition
assistance to competitively selected NSF employees, at grade GS-9
or below, for the purpose of developing additional skills and
advancing their careers. Selected participants attend government
and/or non-government training during non-duty hours.
The Leadership Development Program is a comprehensive,
integrated, yet individualized program based on identified competencies
which provides a broad spectrum of leadership training and developmental
opportunities to current and potential supervisors, managers and
executives of NSF.
The Learning Resources Center provides a variety
of books, cassette tapes, workbooks and videotapes for you to
check out or use in the Center. Topics include: career development,
leadership and management, quality improvement, personal skills
development, family, health and retirement issues, and many more.
Catalogs, brochures and announcements of training activities are