US Army Corps of Engineers
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Planning Associates Program

The Planning Associates (PA) Program is an advanced training opportunity in water resources planning offered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The goals of the PA Program are to broaden planners’ competencies in solving complex water resources problems and challenges, and to strengthen their leadership talents.  The Program curriculum is rich in team building, leadership training, experiential training in the Corps’ Civil Works business programs, case studies, individual and group projects, instructional training and experiences, and many networking opportunities with leaders from the public and private sectors.

The PA Program is targeted to journeyman-level professionals in the field of water resources, which is generally at the GS-09 through the GS-13 level of Federal service.  The program consists of approximately 15 weeks of rigorous training over a two-year period (to include webinars) scheduled in 1-2 week blocks.

The members of the 2021 PA Class are:

  • Justin Brewer, an Economist, from the Omaha District

  • Tom Herbert, a Lead Planner, from the Nashville District

  • Erin Maloney, a Lead Planner, from the Chicago District

  • Jessie Mizic, a Plan Formulator/Sociologist from the Seattle District

  • Jennifer Shunfenthal, a Regional Planner, from the Norfolk District

  • Steve Stalikas, an Economist, from the Buffalo District

  • Corrie Stetzel, a Water Resources Planner, from the Sacramento District

PA Schedule to complete PA 2020 and PA 2021

Course Dates

Course

PA Class

Location

12 Nov 19

Course Owners and PA 2021 Meet and Greet (1st hour) Welcome Call with PM and Pre-Session Call for TB/TL/EC

(2nd hour)

PA 2021

Virtual

15 Nov 19

PA 2020 and PA 2021

Meet and Greet

PA 2020 and 2021

Virtual

20 Nov 19

Pre-Test

PA 2021

Blackboard

2 Dec 19 -13 Dec 19

Team Building/Team Leadership/Effective Communication

PA 2021

Alexandria, VA

? Jan 2020

Course Owner Orientation

FY 2020

Virtual

9 Mar 20 – 20 Mar 20

DC Experience

PA 2020 and 2021

Washington, DC

8 Jun 20 – 19 Jun 20

DD/Inland/SBH Navigation

PA 2020 and 2021

Miami, FL

30 Jun 20

Dry Run Capstone

PA 2021

Virtual

13 Jul 20 – 24 Jul 20

Eco. Restoration/IWRM

PA 2020 and 2021

Rock Island, IL

4 Aug 20

Final Test for PA 2020

Midterm for PA 2021

PA 2020 and 2021

Blackboard

10 Sep 20

Awards & App. Assess.

PA 2020

Final Capstone for PA 2021

PA 2020 and 2021

Washington, DC

1 Mar 21 –

12 Mar 21

(tent.)

DC Experience

PA 2021 and 2022

Washington, DC

12 May 21 – 23 May 21

(tent.)

FRM/CSRM

PA 2021 and 2022

TBD – East Coast

24 Jun 21

(tent.)

Final Test PA 2021

Midterm PA 2022

PA 2021 and 2022

Blackboard

16 Aug 21 – 18 Aug 21

(tent.)

Final Capstone 2022

Application Assessments 2021

PA 2021 and 2022

Washington, DC

19 Aug 21

(tent.)

Awards Ceremony

PA 2021

Washington, DC