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CNET Stands Up Education Programs Division.

The Chief of Naval Education and Training (CNET) has established a new office that will consolidate and provide oversight for all Navy voluntary education (VOLED) and serve as the focal point for direction and evaluation of Naval Education and Training Command (NAVEDTRACOM) education programs.

The newly formed Education Programs Division will be a link between the Chief of Naval Operations' office of the Director of Naval Training and Education (N79), in charge of establishing VOLED policies, and the Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center (NETPDTC), at Saufley Field in Pensacola, Fla., which is responsible for executing Navywide VOLED programs.

"The Navy strives to field a strong, well-trained, well-educated fighting force. It is important to inform as many Sailors as we can that it's not a matter of choice between joining the Navy or going to college. Sailors can do both," explained CDR Brian Looney, head, Education Programs Division.

"We will reinforce this message during recruitment, in our schoolhouses during initial accession training, by contacting Sailors through their commands and through 64 Navy College Offices (NCOs) both home and abroad."

Included under the new umbrella are programs such as the Navy College Program (NCP), Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE), Tuition Assistance (TA), the United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) and several graduate education programs. Through NCOs, the Navy College Center (NCC), and the World Wide Web, military members can explore higher education options, including completing an undergraduate or graduate degree, or preparing for college entrance examinations.

Much of the professional training available to Sailors and Marines through Navy training commands is accredited. The Education Programs staff works closely with both the Enlisted Training and Education and Officer Training and Education divisions at CNET to track course accreditation and ensure curriculum changes are taken into account. The new division will also work with the American Council on Education (ACE) to have more Navy training curricula evaluated for recommended college credit.

In December 2000, 16 colleges and universities partnered with the Navy to provide college degrees corresponding to a Sailor's rating or job specialty. The list of these colleges and universities can be found on the NCP web site.

"Each school has developed a degree program tailor made for the Navy rate training, taking into consideration their formal military technical training and their on-the-job experience," said Don Phillips, deputy head of the new division. "These degree programs are even available through distance learning."

The Education Programs Division will continue to develop new relationships with the colleges and universities, ensuring the programs support the educational needs of the Sailors serving around the world. Word is quickly spreading about NCP. In fiscal 2000, the NCC at NETPDTC had more than 57,000 calls to their customer service center. The center s web site registered more than 634,000 visits and received more than 478,000 requests for their Sailor/Marine ACE Registry Transcript (SMART).

"This is an important first step," explained Phillips, "We encourage everyone to find out how much college credit they have already earned in their Naval career. "Visit the web site, call us at DSN 922-1828 or (877) 253-7122, e-mail us at ncc@cnet.navy.mil or visit your nearest Navy College Office to see how you can realize your college education goals."

In 1994, the first two Navy College Learning Centers (NLCs) were opened at the Little Creek Amphibious Base in Little Creek, Va., and the Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Fla., both in major fleet concentration areas.

"The initiative proved very successful' explained Looney. "Today, there are 27 Navy College Learning Centers around the world, providing academic foundation studies in communications, mathematics (including calculus), science, social studies and life skills, to active-duty Sailors and Marines and their adult family members ashore. These foundation studies help prepare them to take college admission examinations, to retake the Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery to qualify for a different career field, and even to prepare for graduate-level education opportunities. In FY00, more than 10,500 people took advantage of the services provided by the learning centers."

According to a recent Center for Naval Analysis study, there is a positive statistical correlation between a Sailor's level of education and their likelihood of reenlisting.

"There is also a link between education and promotion rates," said Looney. "Motivated Sailors seek educational opportunities to enhance promotion chances. This is the focus of the Education Programs Division; to help Sailors succeed in their personal and professional life. It's a win for the them, and a win for the Navy."

For more information about the Education Programs Division and the many educational programs available, visit the Navy College Program web site at www.navycollege.navy.mil
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Title Annotation:Chief of Naval Education and Training
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Date:Jun 1, 2001
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