COL(P) Funk addresses unique
Blended Learning Campus class
29Dec 09 - When the Command and General Staff College graduated its third 2009 Blended Learning Campus class earlier this month, the Fort Leavenworth KS event was much like the two ceremonies earlier in the year. But the class itself was very different.
Part of the CGSC's Intermediate Level Education program, the Blended Learning Campus offers an alternative for Army officer education. Instead of attending the entire ILE at a TDY location, Blended Learning students spend 16 weeks in a resident program and complete the remaining two-thirds of the instruction through online distance learning.
Blended Learning's December graduating class is the third at Fort Leavenworth and may well be the last. In the future, Blended Learning Campus instruction will be handled at a new Huntsville, Ala., facility that is expected to be completed in January. Hosting the Blended Learning Campus segment at Fort Leavenworth has offered added benefits for the students, according to Dr. Richard Faulkner, history professor and team leader for blended learning. "Our blended students have been able to participate in the guest speaker program and interact with other officers in the halls," he said.
In addition to being some of Fort Leavenworth's final Blended Learning Campus students, the mix of the December graduates differs significantly from earlier classes. The majority of the early 2009 ILE students were less senior Soldiers. More than half of Fort Leavenworth's December graduates are Promotable Majors and Lieutenant Colonels. Additionally, more than half of the students are combat veterans, and the students are from various Army branches.
Addressing the students during their recent Blended Learning graduation, COL(P) Paul E. Funk highlighted the benefits that the December graduating class enjoyed because of their unique class mix. "Through your combat experience and years serving our Army, you have gained first-hand knowledge that has helped enrich this Blended Learning experience for yourselves and your fellow students," said Funk, who is Deputy Commander of the Command Arms Center - Training at Fort Leavenworth. "And I trust that in the months and years ahead you will apply what you have learned here to be more effective leaders and better soldiers. Army Strong."
Based at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., the Combined Arms Center - Training delivers training programs, products and services to leaders and units in support of Army readiness to conduct full-spectrum operations in any environment. To learn more about the Combined Arms Center - Training, visit www.leavenworth.army.mil, www.facebook.com/usacactraining or www.twitter.com/usacactraining.