Navy Voluntary Education Recognized by Council of College, Military Educators

Story Number: NNS160222-01Release Date: 2/22/2016 7:55:00 AM
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By Ed Barker, Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center Public Affairs

SAN ANTONIO (NNS) -- Navy Voluntary Education (VOLED) was honored with the President's Award for exemplary service from the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) at their annual symposium Feb. 16-18.

Capt. Lee Newton, commanding officer of the Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center (NETPDTC) received the award from Jeff Cropsey, president of CCME.

"Each year, CCME recognizes members of the voluntary education community for outstanding service to the community," said Cropsey. "This year, we are proud to present the President's Award to Capt. Newton and NETPDTC for over 30 years of cutting-edge support to VOLED."

Newton said the recognition was appreciated, and CCME was a valuable partner in working with the schools that make VOLED possible for (Department of Defense) DoD service members.

"Having a dedicated council of educators directing their efforts toward providing robust educational opportunities for our Sailors is a force multiplier," said Newton. "Last year, Navy VOLED managed nearly $90 million in Tuition Assistance for 45,000 Sailors who are working hard to achieve their education, certification and apprenticeship goals. We greatly appreciate the award and assistance from CCME."

According to CCME's website, its mission is to promote and provide educational programs and services and to facilitate communication between the DoD and the educational support network.

The annual symposium provides several professional development tracks, including discussions about educational programs, initiatives and support for service members, veterans, and spouses.

NETPDTC provides products and services that enable and enhance education, training, career development, and personnel advancement throughout the Navy.

Primary elements of the command include the Voluntary Education Department, the Navy Advancement Center and the Resources Management Department.

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