AVIAN, CSM partner to provide workforce training

AVIAN LLC and the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) marked a new partnership at a ceremonial signing at the CSM Leonardtown Campus May 22.

CSM signed a collaborative training agreement with AVIAN’s commercial training group, AVIAN Institute (AI), to offer three new workforce development and training courses at CSM’s Leonardtown Campus beginning fall 2017.

“At AVIAN, we believe that knowledge is power and that knowledge can be achieved with targeted, meaningful training,” AVIAN LLC President Kevin G. Switick said. “It’s really exciting when we have opportunities like this to share that power with more people.”

“This is an exciting partnership and we are looking forward to working with AVIAN to provide valuable training,” said CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried. “CSM’s Corporate Center is known for being the provider of choice for professional career training and workforce development in Southern Maryland, and this partnership is a win-win training opportunity for everyone. These three courses expand the offerings of CSM’s Corporate Center, which has been a training provider for NAVAIR for many years, while also expanding AVIAN’s reach into the community beyond the gates of NAVAIR.”

The courses were developed to bring immediate value to the Southern Maryland community, corporate peers and service members in the fleet. The three course offerings available at CSM this fall include “NAVAIR, Simplified;” and “Cyber Awakening and Flight Test: The Discipline.” These courses provide the ‘so-what’ and ‘why’ of naval aviation acquisition, a look at the realities of the modern cybercriminal and the basics tenets of flight test.
All course developers and instructors are retired U.S. Navy test pilots, flight-test engineers, contracting officers, and NAVAIR program managers and team leads.

AVIAN has offered Workforce Development and Training services to the Department of Defense and commercial clients since 2009. Since then, AVIAN has created more than 60 customer unique training courses and instructed over 200 classes to over 10,000 students at 16 client sites throughout the United States.

“Whether our clients are looking for a catalog of training classes, or a focused, one-time training event, we’ve got a team of experts who know how to build information into a useful teaching tool,” Switick said. “We offer a proven and unique training approach that students embrace and like truly enjoy.”

For information about the College of Southern Maryland, call 301-934-7765 or visit www.csmd.edu. For information on CSM’s schedule of continuing education courses, visit http://www.csmd.edu/programs- courses/non-credit/schedules/.

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