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NHTI program helps Marines get college degree: quantico program helps personnel achieve officer.

An innovative education program is helping both to educate those who serve the country and bring in revenue to a New Hampshire college.

The New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord has partnered with the U.S. Marine Corps for the last seven years in the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program at the Marine Gorp base in Quantico, Va., in an effort to help aspiring service personnel achieve officer rank and a college degree while supporting its own bottom line.

While the program was instituted in 1974, NHTI has been involved with it since 2003.

Michael Moffett, a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps reserve and a professor at NHTI, has served as an administrator and instructor at MECEP Prep since 2001 and helped create the link between the community college and the Marine Corps' educational program.

"MECEP Marines are carefully screened before being accepted into this program," said Moffett. "They all have great academic and leadership potential, but many of them have been away from the classroom for maw years and need to transition back into a rigorous academic environment before pursuing baccalaureate studies."

The current MECEP class has 108 enrollees--98 of whom are enrolled through NHTI--and are studying such courses as composition, mathematics, physics and political science. The students must already be accepted into a baccalaureate program at a university or college to be enrolled in MECEP.

Through courses approved by NHTI, Marines in the MECEP program earn college credits from NHTI that can be transferred to many other colleges and universities across the country.

The partnership is seen as a cost-cutting measure for the USMC and a revenue generator for NHTI.

"The program costs the Marines $60,000 per year," said Alan Blake, spokesperson for the Community College System of New Hampshire. "But if the students were enrolled individually, it would cost the USMC much more."

"The credit option saves the USMC millions of dollars in hours of uniformed duty, as many Marines earn enough credit in the summer to accelerate their college careers by a semester," said Moffett. 'The credit option has also saved Marines millions of dollars in avoided G.I. Bill tuition expenses. For $600, a Marine can register for 12 credits and be in a full-time status for a summer session, as opposed to paying $20,000 for a semester at a university."
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Title Annotation:EDUCATION; New Hampshire Technical Institute; Marine Corps
Author:Kibbe, Cindy
Publication:New Hampshire Business Review
Geographic Code:1U1NH
Date:Sep 11, 2009
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