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Lifelong Learning Opportunities

Census Corporate University

The Census Bureau’s Census Corporate University (CCU) was established as the academic component of the Bureau's strategy for continuous employee development through lifelong learning. Currently, CCU has partnerships with these accredited colleges and universities: Prince George's Community College, University of Maryland College Park, and George Washington University.

Competency Based Development

The Census Bureau offers competency-based training to assist individuals and groups with meeting their continuous learning and development goals. We provide the following training services:

  • Corporate approach to interpersonal competency development and technical training
  • Onsite schedule of competency-based training
  • Individual development plan (IDP) workshops
  • Census Learning Center online courses
  • Career counselling service

Management and Executive Development competency-based courses for current supervisors and managers; emphasizes four key context areas of public management: public leadership, business management, institutional environment, and valuing people.

Professional Development and Leadership competency-based courses for all professional employees to advance knowledge and skills necessary for professional and organizational growth. Courses selected are based on individual development plans and occupation-related needs and interests.

Technical and Administrative Support Staff competency-based courses that build confidence, capability, and competitiveness while increasing skill and knowledge needed for a strong technical and support staff workforce.

Data Science Training

The Data Science Training Program is a key element of the Statistical Data Modernization project, which has focused on efforts to modernize data processes at the Census Bureau. The program was created to upskill and improve current employee data science skillsets.

The Data Science Training Program (DSTP) at the Census Bureau offers two types of data science training opportunities to expand data science skill sets:

Data Science Training Program Cohort

A 5-month academic learning experience that is designed to immerse employees in data science knowledge and develop their professional networks. The program was designed to empower employees to solve problems using data science; promote innovation at the Census Bureau; engage employees on the evolving data science landscape; and provide staff with access to data science experts across the organization.

This program has three main elements and is only available to current full-time Census employees. ​ The first element is the blended learning approach that incorporates both online and live learning. ​Currently, online coursework, using our online learning platform that provides a wide range of technical and non-technical content as well as practical exercises. ​ Live coursework is facilitated by in-house Census Bureau Subject Matter Experts (SMEs).​ The second element is the hands-on learning we provide through the Capstone Projects that allow participants to apply and reinforce data skills while working on projects that benefit agency missions; and the third is ongoing mentorship from subject matter experts who provide career development guidance and facilitate connections.

This program is made up of two Cohort Learning Paths:​

  • Data Science Generalist Path​ use foundational data science concepts and applications to solve diverse, real Census Bureau problems.
  • Machine Learning Specialist Path expand ability to apply machine learning applications, models, and algorithms to support real Census Bureau work

Data Science On-Demand on the other hand, is an online, self-paced training that aims to improve employees’ data science literacy and data science capabilities required for their specific career path.

This offering is made up of three Learning Tracks:​

  • Data Science Literacy​ which enhance ability to communicate and partner effectively with peers as data science becomes the future of work.​
  • Data Science for Managers improves ability to lead, manage, and build the data science workforce of the future.​
  • Skill Builders obtain the tools needed to accomplish work or pick up additional training before/after participating in a cohort learning path.​

By offering two distinct training options ensures there is something for everyone. Employees can choose the training that is best for them based on their data science skills, career goals, availability, and interests.

Leaders Lead Program

Courses in the Leaders Lead Program are aligned with the OPM Federal Supervisory Training Framework and is designed to meet the needs of new managers and supervisors, and experienced managers. This competency-based curriculum emphasizes leadership, human resources management, business management, and organizational knowledge necessary to establish team performance expectations, influence and motivate teams, resolve differences, lead change, and understand the legal and financial contexts of public management. Mandatory and elective training will equip management with the knowledge and skills to support, engage, and retain the workforce of the future. These classes explore six dimensions of engagement:

  • Leadership & Culture
  • Work Satisfaction
  • Work Relationships
  • Employee Well-Being
  • Employee Value Proposition
  • Personal Professional Growth

Professional Development Program

Courses in the Professional Development Program are designed to benefit everyone. Whether you are just starting your career, progressively increasing your professional responsibilities, or you are an experienced subject matter expert, these courses are designed to build your knowledge, skills, and abilities in core interpersonal and technical competencies. Our goal is to provide opportunities for everyone to participate in professional development experiences that increase personal confidence and competitiveness while meeting the changing professional development needs of the Census Bureau.

Career Resource Center

The Career Resource Center (CRC) at the Census Bureau offers free and confidential career coaching and counseling services to help individuals make effective career development decisions. At the CRC, individuals are able to successfully learn how to:

  • Explore and evaluate skills, interests, and values
  • Plan career steps
  • Learn job-hunting strategies
  • Establish networking skills
  • Fine-tune federal resume writing skills
  • Write effective cover letters
  • Understand federal resume application steps
  • Practice interviewing techniques
Page Last Revised - July 28, 2022
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