During the month of December, the Workforce Development Division and the Woodbridge Campus’ Division of Business and Social Sciences partnered to launch a pilot program to teach an informational technology course to active duty Marines at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
This pilot was initiated through the efforts of Adjunct Professor of Information Technology George Hinckley, Workforce Development Division Vice President William Gary and Woodbridge Provost Sam Hill. The pilot is part of a broader academic project that will involve custom designed programs that provide “Advance Standing” for Marines and allow them to work towards an associate degree at NOVA. The intent is to recognize the educational training and courses they have already received in Marine Corps education, and analyze how much credit they have already gained towards an associate degree. The intent is also to provide additional courses which, when combined with their previous Corps training, will accrue towards such a degree.
The pilot at Camp Lejeune consisted of a two-week intensive basic computer security course, ITN 260 Network Security Basics, taught by IT Professor William McLaughlin. The Woodbridge Campus provided the instructor and course, while the Workforce Development Division coordinated key elements such as the pricing, proposal, contract, and invoicing for the tuition, instructor travel, and textbooks. The Workforce Development Division designed and provided course completion certificates that the 20 Marines received on graduation day.
Gary and Hill attended the formal graduation ceremony at Camp Lejeune Friday, December 14 and received glowing feedback from the senior Marine Corps leadership. Gary also met separately with the leadership to assess the pilot and plan for expanded delivery of educational programs to the Marine Corps.