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. DART 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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