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Fourth-Quarter APPEL Courses Support Mission Success

For the fourth quarter of FY 2017, APPEL is offering a range of courses designed to support the development goals of agency practitioners. The visual above indicates the number of APPEL courses offered at each NASA center.

As the last quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2017 approaches, APPEL looks forward to offering a diverse range of courses designed to support professional development at NASA.

APPEL develops its courses to help ensure the agency’s project managers and systems engineers have the skills and knowledge required to advance mission success. As such, the courses are NASA-centric and fully relevant to project and mission needs.

APPEL’s fourth-quarter course offerings will begin on July 10, 2017. Over the next three months, the Academy will deliver 43 distinct course offerings at NASA centers as well as at APPEL’s Academy Center for Excellence (ACE) and NASA’s Independent Verification & Validation (IV&V) facility. The courses span a spectrum of subjects, from foundational topics in project management and systems engineering to more in-depth concentrations on mission-relevant disciplines such as risk management, requirements development, scheduling and cost control, and more. Other courses emphasize the softer skills that are critical for leadership, helping practitioners enhance their presentation, communication, or strategic-thinking abilities.

A highlighted selection of courses from APPEL is below, followed by the full list of all 43 fourth-quarter course offerings.

Advanced Project Management & Advanced Systems Engineering (APPEL-APM&ASE) at Stennis Space Center (SSC):

  • This seminar-style course provides a forum for experienced program and project managers and systems engineers to share lessons learned and insights to enhance the potential for mission success.

Assertiveness Training for the Technical Professional (APPEL-ATTP) at Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) and Glenn Research Center (GRC):

  • Participants learn powerful techniques designed to help them master critical people skills and build self-confidence and awareness in order to drive technical success.

Crucial Accountability (APPEL-CA) at Johnson Space Center (JSC) and Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC):

  • Emphasizing a step-by-step process for identifying and resolving threats to project success, Crucial Accountability helps project and team leads develop skills to enhance team reliability and effectiveness.

Foundations of Aerospace at NASA (APPEL-FOU) at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) and AFRC:

  • One of APPEL’s core courses, Foundations of Aerospace at NASA introduces participants to the basics of aeronautics and the fundamentals of astronautics.

Project Planning Analysis and Control (APPEL-PPAC) at SSC:

  • An APPEL curriculum mainstay, Project Planning Analysis and Control provides intensive instruction in project management fundamentals across the entire project life cycle.

Quiet Project Management (APPEL-QPM) at GRC:

  • Designed for project leaders, Quiet Project Management offers concrete tools for creating a work environment and management culture that nurtures all team members, whether they are introverts, extroverts, or ambiverts.

We encourage practitioners to explore the comprehensive list, below, of fourth-quarter courses offered by APPEL at each NASA center and at additional agency facilities. After reviewing the list, practitioners can click on course names to go to the APPEL Catalog for a full description or easy access to registration.


ACE facility

Ames Research Center

Armstrong Flight Research Center

Glenn Research Center

Goddard Space Flight Center


IV&V facility

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Johnson Space Center

Kennedy Space Center

Langley Research Center

Marshall Space Flight Center

Stennis Space Center

The Academy is excited to offer this broad range of courses for NASA practitioners during the fourth quarter of FY17. Because seating for APPEL courses is limited, interested agency practitioners are encouraged to register as early as possible. For answers to questions about courses or the registration process, practitioners can contact APPEL Training & Support or their center’s APPEL Point of Contact.

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