Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christian B. Martine

PACIFIC OCEAN- Sailors assigned to Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) are preparing for the upcoming Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE) term, which begins Feb. 9.

The program allows Sailors to continue their education while maintaining a regular work schedule during underway periods.

“Being out to sea a majority of the time can make it hard to attend class in person or even online,” said Operations Specialist 2nd Class Chastity Dollar, Stennis’ educational services leading petty officer, from Dover, Tenn. “That’s why the CD-ROM method of delivery is so effective. Nothing is worse than being in the middle of an exam and suddenly losing internet service.”

The educational services department provides counseling to help Stennis Sailors determine what classes they need to achieve their degree goals. Additionally, Sailors interested must attend a brief given by the Navy College Office, route a request chit and take placement tests for class eligibility.

Many prospective students want to use NCPACE as a way to jumpstart their career, both within and outside the Navy.

“I plan on staying in the Navy as long as I can, but I want to work on a degree at the same time,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Chelsea Dell, from Altoona, Pa. “I might consider becoming an officer someday, and a degree gives me that option.”

For more news on NCPACE, contact the education services department at J-dial 7376.

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