CPPD Stands up Virtual Education Center

Story Number: NNS100614-06Release Date: 6/14/2010 12:58:00 PM
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By Susan Lawson, Center for Personal and Professional Development Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- The Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the stand up of the Navy College Program's Virtual Education Center (VEC) on June 30.

The VEC will serve as the central source for all voluntary education services including tuition assistance application and Sailor and Marine Corps American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART) processing.

"The establishment of the Virtual Education Center enables CPPD to provide outreach to more Sailors and provide more effective delivery of education services," said Capt. Jon Picker, CPPD's commanding officer.

"The Navy must continue to leverage technology and use it to streamline our processes while ensuring Sailors can more readily identify the most appropriate education goals for themselves with the support of our education counselors," said Dr. Mary Redd-Clary, voluntary education program director.

Among its many services, the VEC will provide virtual counseling services to help Sailors create and maintain their education plans. VEC staff will also authenticate and routinely update college transcripts and degrees for use in Sailors' SMART records.

The VEC call center will be open five days a week, from 6 a.m. until 9:30 p.m., and will be staffed by academic advisors who will answer questions and process requests pertaining to all facets of the Navy's voluntary education programs.

For more information about the Navy College Program (NCP), visit: https://www.navycollege.navy.mil/dsp_ncp.cfm.

For more news from Center for Personal and Professional Development, visit www.navy.mil/local/voledpao/.

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