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Frequently Asked Questions Training

  • The first weekend of each LDS program is a "working weekend" requiring attendance on Saturday and Sunday.    There are no program activities scheduled during the second and third weekend of the seven standard LDS programs offered each year. Program activities end at noon Friday and resume Monday for these sessions.
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  • Yes, for each additional night stay you will be charged the government rate of $79 per night. For further information please call Kelly Krall, the WMDC Hotel Liaison at 303-306-3367 or Kelly.krall@redlion.com.  
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  • Please let us know of any special needs or accommodations. We will work with you to make the needed arrangements. Here are your contacts: 1. Leadership for a Democratic Society - Terry Stotts, Registrar (434-980-6232, terry.stotts2@opm.gov 2. Interagency courses - Dale Fruchtnicht, Program Management Specialist (434-980-6278, dale.fruchtnicht@opm.gov) 3. Custom programs - Karen Kimmel, Account Manager, (434-980-6230, karen.kimmel@opm.gov) or Claudia Lowe, Account Manager (434-961-6403, claudia.lowe@opm.gov)
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  • The WMDC is located in the eastern suburb of Aurora and is only 16 miles from downtown Denver. The Red Lion Hotel Denver SE provides free hotel shuttle service to/from the airport. There is also a  light-rail transit stop close to the WMDC. Information is available at the hotel bell stand.
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  • There are several ways: 1.Car: The driving distance from Washington, DC to FEI is 110 miles (2.5 hours). Click here for directions:  Driving 2. Train: Amtrak has three routes, Crescent, Cardinal and Northeast Corridor. Click here for information: Amtrak 3. Plane: There are three airports, Dulles, Charlottesville and Richmond Dulles International Airport (IAD), Chantilly, Virginia Driving distance from IAD to FEI: 99 miles (2 hours, 15 minutes) Click here to go to the airport website:  Dulles Charlottesville Albemarie Airport (CHO), Charlottesville, Virginia Driving distance from CHO to FEI: 8 miles (17 minutes) Click here to go to the airport website: Charlottesville Richmond International Airport (RIC), Richmond, Virginia Driving distance from RIC to FEI: 80 miles (1 hour, 25 minutes) Click here to go to the airport website: Richmond
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  •  Colorado weather can be unpredictable. Be prepared by bringing layered clothing. It can be chilly in the summer evenings. It is advisable to bring a warm coat and sweater in the winter, and a light sweater or jacket during spring and summer.
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  • Shepherdstown is located in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains and the weather is similar to weather in DC, but often a few degrees cooler. Even in summer the evenings can be cool, so it would be advisable to bring along a sweater during the summer.
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  • FEI's Fitness Center is equipped with strength and aerobic equipment. Space and equipment for stretching, yoga and other fitness activities are also available. Participants in FEI programs can use Weiss, equipment for lawn sports (e.g., badminton) and bicycles. There is a small outdoor swimming pool on campus.
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  • FEI's main telephone number is (434) 980-6200.  Callers should use it for emergencies at any time. Callers can also dial your bedroom telephone using the number shown on the instrument. These telephones are equipped with voice mail. The U.S. Postal Service provides daily incoming and outgoing mail service. Correspondents should address you at: Your Name Federal Executive Institute 1301 Emmet Street Room _____ Charlottesville, VA 22903-4899
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  • Normally there are no formal sessions in the evenings or weekends. However, participants should be prepared to meet with their presentation teams/consulting groups during evening hours. Participants often get together for sightseeing, movies, shopping, skiing or hiking in the historic Shepherdstown area.  The hotel front desk has information and the Shepherdstown Visitor's Center has a complete overview of events.
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