OCPE Offers New Series in Modeling, Simulation and DoD Acquisition

Posted: January 9, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason’s Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) and Alion Science and Technology have partnered to offer a comprehensive four-part certificate series on modeling, simulation and Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition that begins Feb. 14.

This certificate series provides more than 40 hours of instruction on key aspects of modeling and simulation (M&S) as it applies to the DoD’s acquisition process. It is specifically designed to help a wide range of professionals, such as managers of government M&S, government contractors, acquisition professionals and others involved in management, oversight or advisory activities involving DoD M&S.

“This joint effort represents a major step forward in fulfilling the void in acquisition training for the DoD,” says Marcy Robey, director of OCPE in Herndon.

The hands-on series will begin with an overview of the DoD approach to M&S and include instruction on key aspects of M&S; verification, validation and accreditation (VV&A); simulation support planning; simulation-based acquisitions; and the Army’s simulation and modeling for acquisition, requirements and training (SMART). Program electives allow students to select areas of greater concentration in VV&A, test and evaluation and interoperability.

Courses can be taken as a series to earn a certificate from George Mason or can be taken individually. Instruction includes both classroom discussion and practical exercises in addition to a lecture format. Students can earn both Continuing Education Units and Continuous Learning Points that meet the recommended annual education guidelines for government employees.

All classes meet from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Mason’s Training Center at the Center for Innovative Technology in Herndon, Va.

For the complete course schedule, to register, or for more information, see www.ocpe.gmu.edu, call 703-993-4800 or e-mail sblake4@gmu.edu.

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