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Defense and Homeland Security-Education and Training

Educational Opportunities

The first initiative of DHSC is the "Navigating Business with the Federal Government" Seminar Series
which brings senior executives from successful local companies to share their experience on what made them, and their companies, achieve their success.

Nine 2-hour sessions meet once a week with a different executive handling each different topic covering all functional areas of managing a business. Business acquisition is covered through strategic planning, marketing, proposal development and working as subcontractor to prime contractors. Business execution covers program management, contract administration, contract and financial accounting and personnel management. Session handouts will provide invaluable future reference material for yourself or for your company's training.

PWFD DHSC Seminar Series
Open the above Seminar Postcard
and send to your contacts.

The "Navigating Business with the Federal Government" Seminar Series was first offered by Tidewater Community College (TCC) in spring 2004.  Attendees have universally said the program was "extremely valuable, timely and of immediate use" for them professionally.  In 2008, due to popular demand, DHSC expands its reach in Hampton Roads with the Peninsula Workforce Development Center's fall series.

If you are new to this industry or have only worked in a specific specialty, this seminar will help you understand the jargon and business functions across the board. It is a comprehensive overview of starting and managing a business supporting the federal government, especially the defense and homeland security markets.

Contracting in the federal government, especially in the emerging HOMELAND SECURITY and DEFENSE industries, has many business opportunities...if you know the tricks of the trade.

Are you:

     Transitioning out of the military or starting your own business?
     Expanding into the defense or homeland security sectors?
     Seeking employment in D & HS industry?



PCFWD Fall Seminar Series

TCC Spring Seminar Series
  • Learning from experienced senior level managers with their own successful businesses who've been there, done that.  PRICELESS
  • Benefiting from a full spectrum of business practice.  PRICELESS
  • Using knowledge and materials immediately to improve your contribution and your business. PRICELESS
  • Getting exposure to the business side of the D & HS industry.  PRICELESS
  • Putting you and your company on the growth track.  PRICELESS

Other educational opportunities in the region:

Old Dominion University's (ODU)
Executive Development Center

Master Certificate in Government Contracting
Contracting with the Federal Government requires knowledge of a vast array of statutes, regulations, guidelines, forms,  processes and procedures. On-the-job experience alone seldom provides the broad, robust, and detailed knowledge  needed in this most challenging and ever-changing field. This Master’s Certificate Program is designed to provide a structured educational experience that guides the student through the entire procurement process, including all of the steps involved in identification of requirements, procurement design, source selection, administration, termination, and closeout. 

Old Dominion University's Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology (BCET):
Virginia Applied Technology and Professional Development Center
VATPDC provides cost effective, consulting services to a wide-range of manufacturing and service-based organizations. The center also provides quality,
performance-based programs to support the professional development requirements of the engineer and technical professional.
The Ship Maintenance, Repair and Operations Institute 
SMRO promotes a sound engineering approach to resolve the common problems in shipbuilding and ship repair through education in Marine Engineering, Collaborative Projects and Research.

ECPI ECPI College of Technology

ECPI College of Technology is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Bachelor of Science, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science degrees.  With campuses in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, ECPI is a private college offering convenient classes during the day, evening, or online; graduate employment services are provided. IT certification classes are also available.

Technology and Business fields of study include: Biomedical Technology, Electronics Engineering, Information Technology, Database Programming, Network Security, Web Development, Medical Imaging Technology, Simulation & Game Programming, Wireless Systems;  Accounting; Business Administration, Criminal Justice.

Troy University
Hampton Roads Campus offers 
Graduate Certificate in Government Contracting

The graduate certificate program is designed for public and private sector professionals who want to strengthen their skills in managing government contracts
and develop a more thorough understanding of the process. These courses are ideal  for contract administrators, contract managers, sales or business development managers, project managers or others responsible for contracting projects, these courses will help government contractors succeed at all levels.  

Florida Institute of Technology
Hampton Roads Campus offers Graduate Degree and Graduate Certificate Programs

Hampton Roads Research Partnership

Hampton Roads Research Partnership
The Hampton Roads Research Partnership (HRRP) is a consortium of seven academic institutions, two federal research and technology laboratories, and a research institute in Hampton Roads, Virginia. It is funded by its members and the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce, which supports the HRRP-UniversityCenter as part of its University Center Program.

The HRRP is an element of the Hampton Roads Partnership. The focus of activity of the HRRP is the formation and operation of technology clusters. The purpose of these clusters is to stimulate interaction between local industry and the HRRP member organizations with the goal of furthering research and commercialization. The HRRP currently has three active clusters in the areas of Sensors, Modeling & Simulation, and BioScience.  Participants are:

Christopher Newport University
Research Strengths
  ~High Speed Data Acquisition
  ~Integrated Circuit Design
  ~Digital Signal Processing
  ~Beowulf Supercomputers
  ~Environmental Monitoring and Restoration
  ~Science Education Delivery via WWW
  ~Laser-Based Measurements
  ~Modeling and Simulation
  ~Solid State Sensors
  ~Remote Sensing/Atmospheric Modeling
Major Facilities or Equipment Resources
  ~Laser and Photonics Lab
  ~Solid State Sensors Lab
  ~Beowulf Supercomputer

Graduate and professional programs in business, marine science, law, education, applied science, biology, physics, chemistry, history, anthropology and American Studies.
Research Strengths
  ~Environmental and Marine Science (aquaculture, genetics, acoustics, robotics)
  ~Biotechnology and Plasma and laser processing (surface processing, surface characterization, nanotechnology)
  ~Computational modeling and simulation
  ~Technology assessment and commercialization studies (particularly through the Business School field studies program)
  ~Public policy (health-related policy research and SBIR program assessments)
Major Facilities or Equipment Resources
  ~Virginia Institute of Marine Science
  ~Computational Science Parallel Processing Center
  ~NMR spectrometer in Chemistry
  ~CATI (Public Policy) Survey Laboratory
  ~Lake Matoaka Environmental Field Laboratory, Microbiology equipment in Biology Dept. and at VIMS.

Research Strengths
  ~Prostate Cancer
  ~Basic Sciences - Bio-chemistry, Microbiology/Immunology, Pathology, Physiology, Pharmacology
Major Facilities or Equipment Resources
  ~EVMS has significant equipment resources which may be unique to Medical and BioMedical Research.

School of Science Research Strengths
  ~State of the Art Optical Spectroscopy Labs
  ~Polymer Chemistry and Organic Materials
  ~Fiber Optic Sensor Development
  ~Simulation, Modeling and Numerical Analysis
  ~Genetic Engineering/Microbiology/Molecular Biology
  ~Atmospheric Science and Remote Sensing
Major Facilities or Equipment Resources
  ~Origins 2000 Computer
  ~Center for Atmospheric Sciences
  ~Research Center for Optical Physics
  ~Nuclear High Energy Physics Research Center
  ~Electron Microscopy Facility 
School of Engineering & Technology Research Strengths
  ~Water Waste Treatment System Development
  ~High Temperature Gas Clean up and Catalysis Research
  ~Environmental Remediation, Fluid particle Systems for Pharmaceutical Applications
  ~Artificial Intelligence and Neural Nets
  ~Modeling and Simulation Research
  ~Explosive Detection Systems Development
Major Facilities or Equipment Resources
  ~Hewlett Packard Integrated Electronics Laboratories for Modeling and Simulation
  ~Faculty Research Laboratories that support activities in water treatment, high temperature gas clean up and catalysis
  ~A multi-function AT Coach Radar Simulation Laboratory
  ~A control tower laboratory for training Aviation

Research Strengths
  ~Center for Materials Research
  ~Center for Photonic Materials Research
  ~Center for Bringing Education and Science Together
  ~Center for Business and Entrepreneurship
  ~Faculty Researchers in the five schools
  ~Dozeretz National Institute for Minorities in Applied Sciences (DNIMAS) an undergraduate honors program for science and technology pursuits
Major Facilities or Equipment Resources
  ~Seven well-equipped laboratories in the Center for Materials Research

Research Strengths
  ~Engineering and related sciences including: aerospace, civil, electrical and computer, mechanical, engineering technology and management and physics.
  ~Oceanography and associated basic sciences including biology, chemistry and biochemistry, ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences, geography, and biophysics
  ~Environmental and ecological sciences including participants from above mentioned (#2) groups.
  ~Social sciences including organizational and industrial psychology, human factors and social science measurement systems
  ~The maritime industry - including participants from business, engineering, environmental, and social sciences
  ~Computational and applied sciences with emphasis on modeling and simulation including participants from Colleges of Science and Engineering.
Major Facilities or Equipment Resources
  ~Career Management Center
  ~The "Cave" Virtual Reality Facility
  ~Center for Advanced Ship Repair and Maintenance
  ~Center for Biotechnology
  ~Center for Coastal and Physical Oceanography (and associated vessels)
  ~Center for Global Business and Executive Education
  ~Center for Learning Technologies
  ~Entrepreneurial Center
  ~International Maritime, Ports & Logistics Management Institute
  ~Langley Full Scale Wind Tunnel
  ~Physical Electronics Research Institute
  ~Social Science Research Center
  ~Sun Microsystems Super Computer
  ~Technology Applications Center
  ~Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority
  ~Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center 

Map of VMASC

Research Strengths
  ~Material and Structures
  ~Aerodynamics, Aerothermodynamics & Acoustics
  ~Airborne Systems
  ~Atmospheric Sciences
  ~System, Concepts, & Analysis
  ~System Engineering
Major Facilities or Equipment Resources
  ~Combined Loads Tests (COLTS) facility
  ~National Transonic Wind Tunnel (NTF)
  ~757 Research Platform

Research Strengths

  ~Nuclear and x-ray particle detection
  ~Laser based science and manufacturing
  ~Superconducting technology
  ~High performance computing
  ~High power of technology
  ~Data acquisition system
Major Facilities or Equipment Resources
  ~Free Electron Laser User Facility
  ~Test Lab (cryogenic testing, chemical processing
  ~Applied Research Center

Research Strengths
  ~Enhancing civic education, including preparing K-12 for participation in e-government
  ~Integration of liberal arts and career preparation, with emphasis on technological preparedness for many careers
  ~Ethical analysis involving technological innovations
  ~Environmental sciences and biology
Major Facilities or Equipment Resources
  ~State-of-the-art instructional technology for the classroom. New teaching spaces are equipped with computers, video presenters and interfacing capabilities
  ~Through partnership with the YMCA of South Hampton Roads, VWC has access to 151 acres with 1200 feet of shoreline on the Chesapeake Bay at Camp Silver Beach on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. This resource provides a natural laboratory for environmental science and recreation/leisure studies (nationally ranked program at VWC) applications.
  ~VWC also has 124 acres of undeveloped land containing forests in different stages of succession, located on campus. This resource currently serves environmental sciences and biology classes and also provides a natural laboratory for habitat restoration and many other applications.

NIA was formed by a consortium of leading research universities. Members include: Georgia Tech, Hampton University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina State University, the University of Maryland, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion University, the College of William & Mary and the AIAA Foundation.

NIA serves as a strategic partner with NASA Langley Research Center and the aerospace community to enable research creativity and expand technology development opportunities. The Institute integrates research and graduate education while creating new government/academia/industry partnerships to solve tomorrow's problems today.

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