US Coast GuardFORCECOM Training System CCME 2013
“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and a greater strength for our nation.” President John F. Kennedy
What is FORCECOM? The Force Readiness Command (FORCECOM) Training Division • Responsible for all individual and asset-level training, including boats, cutters, aviation and shore units. • Charged with the current and future readiness of all CG workforces -- Active Duty, Reserve, Auxiliary, and Civilian – in both Operations and Mission Support. • Manages education and professional development activities.
What is FORCECOM? The Force Readiness Command Training Division • Responsible for all individual and asset-level training, including boats, cutters, aviation and shore units. • Charged with the current and future readiness of all CG workforces -- Active Duty, Reserve, Auxiliary, and Civilian • Manages education and professional development activities.
How does FORCECOM - Training Division accomplish its mission? • Develops policy for the CG training, education and professional development programs. • Provide supervision to the Training & Ed System Units • TRACENs (eight major commands, seven smaller units) • CG Institute • Coordinates 45 full time and ~600 collateral duty ESOs Matrix organization since ESOs are field unit managed positions • Coordinates overall Training & Ed System activities • Washington DC Staff • Performance Technology Center, Yorktown, VA
Training System - Units Force Readiness CommandTraining Division Leadership Dev. Ctr New London, CT Fisheries Training Ctr Kodiak, AK Fisheries Training Ctr Woods Hole, MA TRACENCape May, NJ Nat’l Motor Lifeboat School Cape Disappointment, WA TRACEN Petaluma, CA TRACENYorktown, VA TQC Chesapeake, VA CG Institute Oklahoma City, OK Aviation Tech TRACENElizabeth City, NC Fisheries Training Ctr Alameda, CA Special Missions TRACENCamp Lejune, NC MLE AcademyCharleston, SC Fisheries Training Ctr New Orleans, LA Fisheries Training Ctr Charleston, SC CGLO-NAVFLTTRNGPensacola, FL Aviation TRACENMobile, AL
Education & Prof Dev Division Functions: • Develop Education Policy • Meet Advanced Education requirements • Manage Foreign Language Program • Professional Development • Enlisted Professional Qualifications • Instructor Training
Coast Guard Voluntary Education Program “The purpose of the Voluntary Education Program is to support military and civilian components in the pursuit of personal educational goals on a voluntary education basis.” “The Coast Guard’s Tuition Assistance Program is designed to assist Coast Guard personnel in broadening academic or technical background by providing funding for off duty independent education.” COMDTINST M1500.10C
Coast Guard Tuition Assistance (TA) Program Eligibility Requirements: Enlisted - Course must be completed prior to RELAD, discharge, or retirement Officers - 24 months continued service upon completion of course Civilians - 3 months prior government service & 1 month continued service for each completed credit hour Reserves – Must be assigned to drilling status (SELRES) and maintain satisfactory drill status
Coast Guard Tuition Assistance (TA) Program TA Cap Limits (Parity w/ other military services) Fiscal Year 2013 Cap = $4,500 Course Credit Hour Caps Semester Hour $250.00 Quarter Hour $166.67
Most Attended Schools by CG Members FY2012 (Top 25 Listed Alphabetically) American Military University Liberty University Ashford University National Graduate School Bellevue University Northcentral University City University of Seattle Penn State University Coastline Community College Saint Leo University Columbia College MO Strayer University Washington DC Columbia Southern University Thomas Edison State College DeVry Univ (On-Line) Trident University International Embry Riddle Aeronautical Univ University of Maryland Univ College Endicott College University of Phoenix Excelsior College University of South Alabama Grantham University Vincennes University Kaplan University OnLine Campus
Coast Guard Transcripts Coast Guard Transcripts are evaluations of a person’s total educational and occupational experience. College credits are assigned by evaluating an individuals military learning experience, non-traditional education, and Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support exams.
Coast Guard Voluntary Education Program CGI Transcript of Military Learning Experiences • Work with the American Council on Education to review all USCG rates and courses for college credit recommendations • Official registered transcripts provided to colleges and universities as requested by the member • Approximately 8000 transcripts processed per year reflecting a conservative estimate of 25 hours of college credit for USCG training • Cost of tuition at $250 per semester hour---potential cost avoidance of $6,250 per member per transcript
Coast Guard Transcript Cost Savings FY12 SOCCOAST Student Agreements: 20,885 credit hours or approximately $5.2 million was saved by the use of non-traditional credits received through the use of Rating/Service School credits or exam/certification credits."
Coast Guard Degree Pathways Program Joint Effort between Coast Guard and SOCCOAST • Select degrees which maximize Rating and Service School credit • Allow students at various stages in their career to see their current and future degree progress • Establish a pathway between career and degree
Coast Guard Foundation Education Grants Established in 1999, to provide additional funding for education/professional advancement opportunities • $750 grant available annually to active duty E3-E9 • 1,132 grants awarded in 2012 (Calendar Year) • $344,510 awarded in 2012 (Calendar Year)
Voluntary Education Issues/Initiatives • Sustainability of Tuition Assistance Funding • Transitioning to the Joint Service Transcript (JST) • Working with DANTES, ACE and DOD components concerning creation of a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for military evaluations on courses taught at respective services
CG Vol Ed Way ahead • Tight budgets • Emphasis on following: • ACE • SOCOAST • Rating specific degree programs • Efficient use of scarce resources demands focus on those with greatest need
Conclusion “In a global economy where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity – it is a pre-requisite.” President Barack Obama