On April 14, 2016, the National Park Service saw its ninth class of the Facility Manager Leaders Program (FMLP) graduate in the Department of the Interior in Washington DC.
In their final week of this program, the students came to Washington DC and gave poster presentations to family, colleagues, and mentors on what they learned throughout the past year. In particular what they learned about leadership.
FMLP includes four weeks of classroom learning in three separate sessions. Students are taught asset management, operations and maintenance, project management, resource stewardship, business management, and supervision and leadership. . They also spend an additional week of classroom learning at the Interdisciplinary Resource Protection and Law class. There are two distributed learning sessions, where students attend a webinar each month to learn about park operations and leadership and include various e-courses and numerous assignments. Students also had the opportunity to go on a weeklong team field activity at selected parks and work with the staff to develop Annual Work Plans (AWPs). Many singled this as where they learned to apply their classroom learning and leadership skills out into the parks. Their leadership portion of the course equals to 12 hours of Master’s level credit at Indiana University.
At the end of the week, the students were glad to graduate and take their knowledge back to their parks and the surrounding communities.
16 students graduated from FMLP this year. They included:
During the graduation ceremony, awards were given to those who had excelled academically in the class. Receiving the Academic Achievement Award were Rich Goepfrich, Noah Lumsden, Justin Pattinson and Troy Strawn. Rich Goepfrich also received the Excellence in Leadership Award.
One mentor was also selected to receive the “Boots on the Ground Award.” This was given to Dan McCarthy from the Northeast Regional Office.
Congratulations to our graduates and the FMLP Class of 2016!