QUANTICO, Va. --
More than 1,000 students are now taking courses with the U.S. Naval Community College.
Each of these Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen is taking courses in pursuit of associate degrees in military studies, nuclear engineering technology, or cybersecurity.
“We are excited to be the institution of choice for more than 1,000 men and women in uniform,” said USNCC’s President Randi R. Cosentino, Ed.D. “Just two years ago, we began with an idea as to how to make naval-relevant enlisted education possible. Now, we have introduced six academic programs so we can support the educational needs of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.”
The USNCC students are enrolled in courses either directly with the school or through one of its consortium partners. The USNCC uses a consortium model of education, which means the USNCC teaches the five Naval Studies Certificate courses, and the partner institution teaches the remaining courses that complete the associate degree. This allows the naval services to have a flexible, scalable model of education to meet the needs of the services while providing quality education to the Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who earn their degree through the consortium.
“We are staggering the starts of our programs to ensure each degree has a smooth introduction,” said Alphonso Garrett, director of enrollment at the USNCC. “We are tracking toward our planned growth as an institution, and we’re receiving feedback from the services and the service members that there is a demand for these types of degrees.”
There is already a demand for future degree programs the USNCC is developing. The USNCC is accepting applications for classes for the organizational leadership degree program scheduled to begin in early 2023 and is developing its aviation maintenance technology program to start after that. By the end of 2023, the USNCC plans to have up to 3,000 students enrolled across seven different degree concentration areas – with a data analytics program and a maritime-focused logistics program coming online in 2023.
“This is a great program that I wish was available when I was a young infantry Marine,” said the USNCC’s command senior enlisted leader, Sgt. Maj. Mike Hensley. “The opportunity to earn a naval-relevant education entirely online and at no cost – not even books – that’s an incredible opportunity for today’s Marines, Sailors, and Coast Guardsmen.”
The United States Naval Community College is the official community college for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. To get more information about the USNCC, go to www.usncc.edu. Click on the Inquire Now link to learn how to be a part of the USNCC.