WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. National Guard is working with the University of Nebraska to develop e-learning courses through an initiative known as Project Alert.
The joint Air National Guard and Army National Guard project recently yielded a training course on hazardous material handling that's available to service members on the Web and CD-ROM.
"Such training is applicable, of course, to all the services and many other federal agencies," said Master Sgt. John Kayko, superintendent for the Air Guard's distributed learning program. "We follow private industry and try to get the very latest e-learning technology they're using and adapt it to our DoD-related methods."
The Air Guard's distance learning programs are recognized as some of the most advanced in the Department of Defense, according to Kayko. The Air Guard's Warrior Network -- a satellite-based distance learning system -- has been operating since 1995.
Distance learning saves money and allows the National Guard to serve members who may live far from their units. "We can deliver an education or training course pretty much anywhere in the world, even if service members are on deployment," said Master Sgt. William Quarles, advanced distributed learning program manager for the Air Guard.