The United States Naval Community College recently announced collaborations with key educational institutions in preparation for the kickoff of the Phase I pilot program in January of 2021.
The announcements come as the first class of nearly 600 students is notified of their selection to participate in the pilot program, and the schools participating in the USNCC initiative are notified of their selection for the program.
Northern Virginia Community College, part of the Virginia Community College System, the University of Arizona, the University of Maryland Global Campus, Alexandria Technical and Community College (MN), and the State University System of New York (SUNY Online), are paired to offer world class education to Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsman as part of the pilot program scheduled for January through June of 2021.
“We are very excited to make this announcement,” said Dr. Randi Cosentino, President of the USNCC, “working with top colleges and universities to bring to the members of our maritime service community programs that are going to be of high value to them and help them achieve their educational goals.”
The schools were notified, after being narrowed down through a selection process over the past few months.
“Now that we’ve identified our collaborating schools we can move forward with our program to ensure we offer the best education to our service members and benefit all those involved,” Cosentino said. “The pilot will allow us to collect important data that will inform the development of the USNCC. Working in consortium with leading colleges will help us explore outcomes around the design of the program, the processes involved, working relationships and overall impact.”
The concept of the US Naval Community College or USNCC, came out of a study seeking to identify opportunities to better prepare enlisted service members and to support them throughout their career. Naval leadership directed the USNCC to begin pilot programs to identify the best way to help enlisted naval service members access naval-relevant education opportunities that will make them better warfighters, improve operational readiness and support lifelong learning.
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