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.
Members of the 2020 PA Class are:
Robin Armetta, Biologist at Savannah District
Kelly Baxter, Senior Economist at Omaha District
Eric Lynn, Chief of Community and Risk Communication and Quality Review Section at Kansas City District
Kat McCain, Environmental Planning Section Chief at St. Paul District
Elliott Porter, Chief of Planning and Economics at Pittsburgh District
Matthew Shanks, Biologist/Environmental Plan Formulator at Chicago District
Kimberly Townsend, Civil Engineer at HQUSACE
Louise Williams, Team Leader at New Orleans District