TEC's instructor certification hits the road

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Charles Givens
  • I.G. Brown Training and Education Center
The I.G. Brown Training and Education Center here recently held classes on the road to help meet a growing demand for military instructors.

Fifteen students attended the Instructor Certification Program (ICP) in Massachusetts.

ICP is a two-week, intensive course that prepares instructors to develop lesson plans, analyze student needs and give informal lectures and demonstrations, said Tammie Smeltzer, the Air National Guard's Professional Continuing Education Office branch chief.

Smeltzer's office manages the popular course as well as certifies about 100 new instructors each year.

It was the first traveling ICP class in three years.

Dustin Russell and Master Sgt. Byron Hayes, course instructors, were at Otis Air National Guard Base.

Some of their students prepared to facilitate satellite enlisted professional military education, which is broadcast from TEC to the Air National Guard's downlink sites.

Unit members must be certified in order to facilitate satellite courses.

"This course determines the success of the satellite EPME program by preparing facilitators who will be face-to-face with students, ensuring the high standards of the course are met," said Russell.

Russell said that teaching ICP on the road offers additional classes to the field and allows Airmen to learn from their home stations. It also saved taxpayers thousands in student travel and lodging costs.