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National Center for Employee Development -- ABOUT US
NCED Historical Perspective
NCED's history began with its establishment in 1969. During its first full year of operation (1970), NCED served 7,000 United States Postal Service students in three training programs. All students were housed in the top few floors of the University of Oklahoma's Couch Tower.

Today, the main campus of NCED is a 72-acre, postal-owned site at SE 24th and Imhoff Road in Norman, Oklahoma. Although the Postal Service is still NCED's biggest customer (NCED is the national training center of the US Postal Service), we are open to the public and offer training, conferencing, and hotel services to business groups, private parties, and individuals. We can also bring our training programs to your location through on-site instruction and distance-learning networks.


  • National Center for Employee Development

  • Main Learning Center (MLC)

  • Preston Building

  • Franklin Building

  • Classroom

  • High Tech Labs

  • On-site Multimedia Specialists

  • Hotel - USPS-owned - Marriott-run

  • Registration

  • Hotel Lobby

  • Gift Shop

  • Starbucks Coffee sold in the Gift Shop

  • Hotel Room

  • Hotel Room

  • Great Food

  • Full-service Lounge

  • Heated Pool

  • Fitness Center

  • Fitness Center

  • Gymnasium

  • Billiard Room

  • Massage Suite

  • Peaceful Courtyards

  • Large Conference Rooms

  • Conference Room

  • Small Conference Areas

  • Banquet Room

  • Banquet Room

  • Business Center

  • Adventure Based Learning (ROPES)
The NCED staff is composed of training experts and administrators working for the Postal Service augmented by various support-orientated contract personnel.
Conference and Meeting Facilities
Conferences and meetings are an NCED specialty. The campus offers two state-of-the-art conference facilities that can comfortably accommodate almost any group.

NCED's outstanding conference facilities can accommodate business, Postal Service, or Community groups of 50 or 850 in over 40,000 square feed of meeting and conference space that is highly adaptable to fit almost any requirement

Services range from clean, conformable overnight accommodations, to creative luxury banquets.

State of the art audiovisual capabilities include on-site technical assistance, and complete meeting packages deliver turnkey service

For more information visit conference services.
Main Training Facility
The Main Learning Center is a 293,000 square-foot building designed specifically for training. It contains 45 classrooms and 23 labs which can vary with course needs. High-technology labs and training equipment provide students with hands-on experiences in technical programs. Labs and classrooms have raised computer flooring and walls that cam be adjusted for equipment and course changes. Operational training elevators, boilers, and air conditioning systems were built into facility design. Virtual Learning broadcast booths, studios, desktop publishing units, and state-of-the-art audiovisual systems support the learning environment.

The Preston Building, a second 60,000 square-foot training facility was built on campus in 2004, (formerly the East Learning Center) was named after Preston Tisch, the Postmaster General who was in place at the time construction of the NCED campus took place.

The Franklin Building, a third 127,000 square-foot training facility was built on campus in 2008, (formerly the Northeast Learning Center (NELC), named after Benjamin Franklin, the first Postmaster General.
Main Housing Facility
The six-story housing and recreation facility was added to NCED's main campus in 1992. The 445,000-square-foot housing facility contains 964 smoke-free guestrooms. It provides a superior living environment, recreation aimed toward fitness and health, and networking and team building activities for students and conferees. Campus fitness and recreation facilities provide healthful activities that contribute to the learning and meeting environment. Facilities include a fitness center, gym, game rooms, spas, racquetball courts, tennis courts, an outdoor Olympic-sized pool, outdoor playing fields, and a walking/jogging track. The on-site food court offers three meals a day, and special dining and banquet services are available. The Center's on-site Health Clinic provides medical aid, emergency care, and health and wellness education for staff, students, and conferees. It is staffed by occupational health care nurses, and is located in the housing facility. The Norman Regional Hospital is nearby if more extensive health care is needed. A lounge, full service salon, and gift shop are also located in the Housing Facility, along with a variety of study rooms.

Freshly prepared foods are offered in a variety of combinations at the facility's on-site cafeteria. The Housing Facility Food Court provides food and services to students, faculty, and staff of the NCED and to conference attendees.
Annual Training Statistics
Over 53,000 students now train annually in more than 183 course offered by NCED.