Career Training and Talent Development

When we say we are investing in you, we really mean it.

 ATEC spends millions of dollars each year to ensure that our people get the best education and training opportunities. Whether you are an experienced professional, or just starting out, we can help you learn new skills, enhance your natural abilities, and develop the leader within you.  

Through this program, ATEC will provide all the funds necessary for you to complete a degree related to your position, including funds for books and supplies.  Approved degrees can range from Associates’ degree to a PhD. 

The Army Congressional Fellowship Program is a 44-month program which includes pursuit of a Master's Degree in Legislative Affairs at George Washington University, service on the staff of a Member of Congress, and placement in a position on the Army Staff in a congressional-related duty position. The program targets mid-career and senior professionals in all fields.  

This week-long training for civilians teaches participants about Army rank and structure, customs, and leadership skills while engaging in soldier-like training such as rappelling down a tower or riding in a helicopter. Check out videos from our past greening experiences here and here!

The ATEC Emerging Enterprise Leader (EEL) Program is a two year voluntary competitive program which provides aspiring leaders in mid-career positions (grades of GS-11 to GS-13) with leadership competencies early in their professional careers. The program uses the four-prong approach of Self-Development, Mentoring, Team-Based Problem Solving, and Developmental Assignment to increase leadership proficiency and develop competencies that will prepare employees for future leader responsibilities.

The ATEC Developmental Assignment Program is for all ATEC civilian workforce members. The goal of the program is to give participants experience and practical knowledge of diverse functions, normally outside their area of expertise, and will focus on growth and development. Developmental assignments may vary in length, but typically last no longer 12 months.

Harvard University Professors lead this four week course designed for senior leaders who want to sharpen their leadership and managerial skills and prepare them for positions in the Senior Executive Service (SES).  SES positions are key managerial, supervisory and policy positions just below the top Presidential appointees.  They are above the General Schedule grade 15.  

ATEC employees are provided with many opportunities to participate in training focused on soft skills and hard skills throughout the year. Classes may be taken in person or virtually based on availability. ATEC also promotes the use of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to further enhance employee skills and self-development.

Read up on ATEC's use of MOOCs below:

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ATEC Mentoring Program is a one year voluntary noncompetitive program open to all ATEC employees. The program is aimed to help mentees define goals, find ways to achieve those goals, and ultimately discover their strengths and how to apply those strengths for the betterment of ATEC.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has partnered with a number of colleges and universities to provide current Federal employees (and in some cases their spouses and dependents) with the opportunity to pursue degrees at reduced tuition rates. To learn more, please visit here for the most current information.