Navy Credentialing Opportunities On-line (COOL), a program providing Sailors a way to take the skills they have learned on the job and translate them into civilian credentials, introduced a new website Oct. 16. "We've made things easier to read, easier to find, and easier to use, whether you're at your desk or on your phone," said Keith Boring, Navy COOL program manager. "We know today's Sailors look for information in different ways, and we want to make sure that information about this very important program is accessible to them, wherever they are and however they are connected online." Navy COOL helps Sailors find information on certifications and licenses related to their jobs and can even provide funding to pay for credential exams and maintenance fees. The website upgrades include a responsive design that adapts to the device a Sailor chooses to use to explore the site, whether on a desktop, tablet or phone. Interactive credential tables also give Sailors more tools when looking at credentials related to their rate, designator or collateral duty. Applying filters and sorting and searching by key words help create customized, printable lists. "We reorganized the content, too," said Boring. "All of the supporting information on COOL, from the credentialing steps along the top of each page to the pages you access from the top navigation bar, has been redesigned and rewritten to make it easier to understand credentialing and what it means to you. Most importantly, it makes it easier for you to understand what you need to do to get a credential." A new site-wide search box also provides results in three tabs, showing all results, military occupations on summary pages and COOL credential snapshots pages. Along with the Navy COOL website, the Department of Navy COOL portal site has also been updated. The Navy COOL office is located at the Center for Information Dominance (CID) based at Corry Station, part of Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. CID is the Navy's learning center that leads, manages and delivers Navy and joint forces training in information operations, information warfare, information technology, cryptology and intelligence. With nearly 1,300 military, civilian and contracted staff members, CID provides training for approximately 22,000 members of the U.S. armed services and allied forces each year. CID oversees the development and administration of more than 200 courses at four commands, two detachments and 12 learning sites throughout the United States and Japan. For more information on the Navy COOL program, visit www.cool.navy.mil/usn.
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