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Navy College Program Expands

The Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) has expanded the number of academic institutions in the Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership (NCPDLP) program to 30 partners.

Prior to the expansion, there were 17 academic institutions that provided associates- and bachelors-level degrees through distance learning (DL) methods. 

The goal of the NCPDLP is to support both the lifestyle of the mobile Sailor, as well the Sailor's education ambitions. Courses are offered in a variety of formats, such as CD-ROM, videotape, paper, or via the Web. DL degrees may be relevant to each rating and make maximum use of military professional training and experience to fulfill degree requirements. They may also provide a path for a Sailor to pursue a degree of their choosing.

Someone pursuing a DL degree within their rating field will be offered more nontraditional course credits then someone who is looking for a degree outside of their normal field. These new DL degree programs open many more options to the Sailor. Some DL degree programs are still under construction and should be available over the next several months.

"CPPD and the Navy College Office professionals located worldwide are excited to offer Sailors these additional voluntary education opportunities through our distance learning partners, in addition to all our other education partners," said Dr. Mary Redd-Clary, director of Navy Voluntary Education Program at CPPD. "Distance learning partners provide Sailors another option to obtain a degree and to become lifelong learners. This opportunity is important, we believe, not only to the individual, but also to his or her personal and professional development."

The NCPDLP Members for 2008 are:

American Military University
Central Texas College
Charter Oak State College
City University of Seattle
Coastline Community College
Columbia College
Dallas County Community College
ECPI College of Technology
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Empire State College
Excelsior College
Florida Community College, Jacksonville
Fort Hays State University
Hawaii Pacific University
Old Dominion University

Olympic College
Roger Williams University
Saint Joseph's College of Maine
Saint Leo University
San Diego City College
Southern New Hampshire University
Strayer University
Thomas Edison State College
TUI University
Trident Technical College
University of Incarnate Word
University of Maryland University College
University of Oklahoma
Upper Iowa University
Vincennes University

"NCPDLP is just another great way to take advantage of the education programs the Navy has available for Sailors," said Redd-Clary.

CPPD and the Navy College Program are responsible for a variety of education programs, including but not limited to the administration of the 52 Navy College offices located around the world, as well as the operations of the Navy College Program for Afloat College Education, Academic Skills Testing, and United States Military Apprenticeship Program.

Sailors interested in starting on a degree or taking advantage of any of these educational opportunities can start by visiting their local Navy College Office.

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