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Group 2 Conducts SLS and CLC Professional Development Education at Livermore Airport.

May 5, 2019

Great class!  Very engaging instructors and very well presented! Definitely NOT “death by PowerPoint” – excellent class!

This was a typical comment made by students at the Group 2 Squadron Leadership School (SLS) and the Corporate Learning Course (CLC) held over the weekend of 4-5 May, 2019 at Livermore Airport. 

“I guess one of best complements an instructor can get these days is the comment Definitely NOT Death by PowerPoint”, said Maj. Lindsay Edwards one of the SLS instructors.  “It takes knowledge of the subject as well as a lot of preparation and rehearsal to avoid simply reading the bullet points off the slides”, he added.  “I must say that the instructor’s package provided by National Headquarters was quite good and really made the preparation all the easier than it could have been.”, he said. 

The SLS / CLC Courses were offered to students by Group 2, with Maj. Matthew Gregory the organizer.  “Its great to see so many newer members taking these classes”, said Maj. Gregory after the course graduation.  “We had 24 students in the SLS class alone and 8 in the CLC class.”

The SLS class is designed to prepare a squadron member for a position within the squadron. “It covers such important areas as where the squadron fits into the overall CAP organization, stressing that it is really the heart of the CAP”, said Maj. Edwards, adding “Squadrons could probably function without the higher echelons of CAP, albeit not very well, but without the CAP squadron, there would be no CAP.”  “That is one of the main points we want to impress upon the students”, he said, continuing “We want them to realize that the Squadron is the customer of the higher echelons; that they are there to make sure the squadron is successful in its operations.”

The SLS class also covers subjects such as Leadership, Problem Solving, Professional Development Progression. 

Capt. Joe Spears, one of t he organizers of the event and another of the instructors on the SLS and CLC classes, remarked, “Probably the one student comment that summed up the SLS class was: Excellent course.  I feel that our Senior members should take this very quickly after joining. Course (sic) addressed many of the questions I had lingering from Level 1.

The Corporate Learning Course (CLC) discusses the relationship the CAP squadron has with the next major echelon of command - the wing.  Specifically, CLC discusses how wing-level operations help to accomplish CAP's three missions of aerospace education, emergency services, and cadet programs.  It describes the working relationships wing staff officers have with each other, and their squadron level counterparts.

There were 8 students enrolled in the CLC class. Instructors were Maj. Matthew Gregory, Capt. John Stevulak and Capt. Joe Spears. As with the SLS class, the CLC class was well received by its participants.

A very welcome presentation given to both classes was that delivered by LtCol. Andrew Peters, who outlined some of the changes to the Learning Management System (LMS) and the Professional Development Program. Col. Peters also officiated at the graduation ceremony conducted on the Sunday afternoon.

The Group 2 Commander, Lt Col. Noel Luneau addressed the students at the end of the graduation ceremony, giving some very wise advice for all CAP members, saying, “It is always so important to put your family first whenever considering any involvement with the Civil Air Patrol.”

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