USNCC President visits Sailors on ships, talks education at sea

17 November 2021

From Chief Mass Communication Specialist Xander Gamble

Randi R. Cosentino, Ed.D., visited with leadership and enlisted Sailors at U.S. 3rd Fleet, SURFPAC, and three ships during a recent visit to San Diego.
Randi R. Cosentino, Ed.D., center, president of the United States Naval Community College, asks junior enlisted Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) questions about their interest in and access to educational opportunities on board the ship. The USNCC is the community college of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard and provides an opportunity for active duty enlisted Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen to earn a naval-relevant associate degree through asynchronous online courses taught by military-friendly and experienced educators. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Xander Gamble)
Randi R. Cosentino, Ed.D.,asks junior enlisted Sailors aboard USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) questions about their interest in and access to educational opportunities aboard the ship. (U.S. Navy/MCC Xander Gamble)
Randi R. Cosentino, Ed.D., center, president of the United States Naval Community College, asks junior enlisted Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) questions about their interest in and access to educational opportunities on board the ship. The USNCC is the community college of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard and provides an opportunity for active duty enlisted Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen to earn a naval-relevant associate degree through asynchronous online courses taught by military-friendly and experienced educators. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Xander Gamble)
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Randi R. Cosentino, Ed.D.,asks junior enlisted Sailors aboard USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) questions about their interest in and access to educational opportunities aboard the ship. (U.S. Navy/MCC Xander Gamble)
Photo By: MCC Xander Gamble
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SAN DIEGO - The U.S. Naval Community College’s president visited with leadership and enlisted Sailors at U.S. 3rd Fleet; U.S. Naval Surface Forces, Pacific Fleet; and three naval vessels between Nov. 2 and 3.

President Randi R. Cosentino, Ed.D., discussed operational requirements at sea, access to educational resources, and enlisted Sailors’ and Marines’ interest in education while afloat.
“This was a great opportunity to see Sailors in their environment and a very productive visit,” said Cosentino. “These discussions will help the USNCC make a better educational program that takes the deployed and operational Sailor and Marine into consideration in how we can deliver a quality educational model to the fleet.”
 
During her visit aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), Cosentino talked with Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt, the ship’s commanding officer, about improvements in access for Sailors aboard naval vessels. Cosentino then toured the aviation intermediate maintenance department spaces and spoke with AIMD Sailors who described their jobs, technologies, and capabilities, both in port and at sea. Cosentino said this will help her better understand how to develop the USNCC’s planned Aviation Maintenance Technology degree program planned for 2022.
 
When Cosentino met with senior leaders and Sailors on the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) and the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60), she was able to understand the difference in expectations for Sailors and Marines deployed at sea while forward-deployed in the U.S. Seventh Fleet area of operations as well as the interests and concerns of junior enlisted service members regarding higher education while at sea.
 
“Being able to interact with those young men and women was the highlight of my visit,” said Cosentino. She also said that this will help her develop a possible educational format that can be implemented into existing shipboard technology to provide access, at a minimum, to the naval core courses offered by the USNCC.
 

The United States Naval Community College is the community college for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. To get more information about the USNCC, go to www.usncc.edu. Click on the student interest form link to learn how to be a part of the USNCC Pilot II program.

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