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NTC Learning Support Services and Facility Information

Why Use the USGS NTC for Your Training and Employee Development Needs?

Photo of students in a hydrology course held at the NTC in 1967.

Continually enhancing the skills of the USGS workforce is imperative as we continue to evolve as a scientific organization. Our ability to succeed in our science mission and support the USGS vision depends on the skills of our people. USGS NTC has played an integral part in accomplishing this goal since 1967.

The USGS Office of Organizational and Employee Development (OED) is dedicated to the development of human potential and the advancement of earth science. We strive to ensure scientific, technical and business excellence by providing resources and programs that help develop critical science, technical, administrative, information technology, leadership, supervisory, and safety knowledge and skills.

OED-NTC Classrooms and Conference/Training Rooms

The OED-NTC has 3 dedicated computer classrooms (Earth, Polar l, and Polar ll) two large conference/training rooms (Hydro and Oceans) and 3 smaller conference rooms (Eco, Diamond, and Landsat). All rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment featuring ceiling mounted projectors (Earth, Hydro, and Oceans), flat panel presentation screens, sound systems with microphone, CD-DVD equipment and dry-erase white boards. Both conference rooms have a PC with sound cards and speakers, for the presenter/instructor. All rooms have additional network hubs where students/presenters can use their own laptops to check their email during course breaks. All rooms are also wireless (wifi) enabled. Please see table below for descriptions of all computer training and conference rooms. To view pictures of each room, visit the classroom links on the National Training Center page.

Want to hold a class at your own site?
OED/NTC offers a deployable laptop service! View the Deployable Laptops fact sheet for details.

Computer Training RoomsConference/Training Rooms

The Computer Class Room

Earth Room:

  • Seats 32 (2 students per PC) for computer training; comfortably seats 42 if computers are not used
  • 16 Dell E6400 Laptops
    (1 for instructor, 15 for students) with:
    • 20" Flat-Panel Color Monitor
    • Intel Core 2 Duo CPU P 8600@ 2.40 GHz Processor
    • 4 Gb RAM.
    • 150 Gb Hard Drive
    • 250 Mb Graphics Card
    • CD/DVD Combo Drive
    • Speakers/Sound Card
  • More

Polar I Room:

  • 11 Dell Optiplex GX280 PC's (1 for instructor, 10 for Students) for computer training:
    • 17" Flat-Panel Color Monitor
    • 3.4 GHz Processor
    • 2 Gb RAM
    • 150 Gb Hard Drive
    • 128 Mb Graphics Card
    • CD/DVD Combo Drive
    • Speakers/Sound Card
    • More

The Hazards Computer Class Room

Oceans Room:

  • Seats 32
  • 1 Dell E6400 Laptop for presenter use with AV equipment.
  • AV equipment (as stated in paragraph above)
  • More

Eco Room:

  • Seats 20
  • All equipment to hold video conferences between major USGS hub locations (Denver, Reston, Menlo Park)
  • 50" Plasma Monitor
  • Mounted LCD projector
  • Spyder conference phone
  • More

Hydro Room:

  • Seats 32
  • 1 Dell E6400 Laptop for presenter use with AV equipment
  • AV equipment (as stated in paragraph above)
  • More

Polar II Room:

  • 11 Dell Optiplex GX620 PC's (1 for instructor, 10 for Students) for computer training:
    • 17" Flat-Panel Color Monitor
    • 3.0 GHz Processor
    • 1.5 Gb RAM
    • 80 Gb Hard Drive
    • 128 Mb Graphics Card
    • CD/DVD Combo Drive
    • Speakers/Sound Card
    • More
Solar Room (Break Room)

Available for all event participants.

  • Keurig® hot beverage dispenser (you must supply your own k-cups)
  • Refrigerator/freezer
  • Microwaves
  • Laptops for student use
  • Telephones for student use
  • Printer for student use
Solar Room
OED-NTC Learning Support Services
TrainingConferences, Meetings, Non-Computer Training
  • Course Advertising
    • Advertise and announce course.
    • Announcement sent to customer-defined target audience and posted on e-mail bulletin board, the OED-NTC website, and through the Listserv subscription email process.
  • Course Support Services
    • Order textbooks and other learning materials.
    • Classroom with state-of-the-art AV equipment and full support for instructor, including troubleshooting.
    • Determination of reimbursable course costs and course tuition rate.
    • Tuition processing.
    • Requisition to acquisition and contracting branch for required purchase orders and pay vendor/consultant upon completion of training.
    • Course completion certificates.
    • If computer training, provide support for loading software before the course and troubleshooting during the course.
    • Post-course evaluation to students for feedback to course coordinator and instructor(s).
  • Information on nearby motels/hotels.
  • Web links of restaurants and other local amenities.
  • Photocopying services.
  • Networked Laptop's at front of each room for presenter use.
  • Laptops in the Solar Break Room for attendee use during breaks.
  • Troubleshooting support for all computers.
  • Extra network hubs and cables and WIFI for personal laptops.
  • Conference telephone (if needed).
  • State-of-the-art AV equipment and full support for instruction, troubleshooting, etc.
  • Learning support service fees.

How do I Schedule a Course or Meeting at the OED-NTC?

Courses:  View the Learning Support Services fact sheet for details.

Meetings:  To schedule a meeting at the OED-NTC, please contact Nancy Gregory ( (303) 445-4668.

NTC Support Team

NTC Lead
Nancy Gregory (
(303) 445-4668

  • Aimee Cooper Organizational Development Specialist
    (703) 648-7496
  • Course Logistics including announcing courses, registration, ordering course books, etc.
  • OED-NTC room rental costs

Tj Lane: (303) 445-4677

  • USGS Distance Learning (DL) Program Lead
  • Database Management
  • DL Course Developer/Designer

Alan Ward: (303) 445-4669

OED Operations

Patty Gonwa: (303) 445-4680
  • OED-NTC Site Administrator
  • Sets up computer hardware and software for courses
  • Primary support for students during computer courses
  • Primary support for instructors before and during computer courses
  • Lead for deployable laptops
Ralph Roland: (303) 445-4678
  • Site Administrator backup
  • Troubleshoots Audio-Visual equipment in rooms and instructs presenter on use
  • Database Management for OED programs
  • Webmaster

Staci Unruh: (303) 445-4667
OED Administrative Officer

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