COOL Program Helps Carl Vinson Sailors Succeed

Story Number: NNS080122-15Release Date: 1/22/2008 5:51:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Candice Villarreal, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

N EWPORT NEWS, Va (NNS) -- The educational services office (ESO) aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) is implementing a new tool in January to help Sailors in their learning and development.

The Navy-wide program, called Credentialing Opportunities On-line (COOL), enables Sailors to attain funding for professional civilian certification and licensing exams. The Chief of Naval Personnel announced funding for the certification examinations last September.

According to Ensign Anitra Joseph, the aircraft carrier's educational services officer, the COOL program benefits Sailors by enhancing their skills while serving on active duty.

Navy COOL catalogs and defines comprehensive information on occupational credentials - including certifications, licenses, and apprenticeships, - correlating with every Navy rating, job, and occupation.

For many Carl Vinson Sailors, the COOL program offers another way to develop professionally while serving on board the aircraft carrier. But as Joseph explains, the certifications provided by the COOL program not only assist in the learning and development of Sailors while serving in the Navy, they can add up to dollars and cents later.

"Sailors can earn rate-related civilian credentials that have the potential to boost income in civilian positions after their Navy service is complete," said Joseph. "The often-expensive certification exams can be a good indication to employers that the applicant has extensive knowledge or experience in his or her craft."

As one Carl Vinson crew member can attest, COOL is a professional development initiative that Sailors should not overlook.

"It's our responsibility to take advantage of opportunities the Navy provides us," said Yeoman 3rd Class Hadasssah Hill, who recently began browsing the website for certifications. "There are so many different certifications that the COOL program offers for Sailors, and they are readily available for every service member who desires to enhance their skills in a respective career field."

USS Carl Vinson is currently undergoing its scheduled refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard. The RCOH is an extensive yard period that all Nimitz-class aircraft carriers go through near the mid-point of their 50-year life cycle.

During RCOH Carl Vinson's nuclear fuel will be replenished and the ship's services and infrastructure will be upgraded to make her the most state-of-the-art aircraft carrier in the fleet and prepare for another 25 years or more of service.

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