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    NMRTC Bremerton Promotes Pursuing Higher Education

    NMRTC Bremerton Promotes Pursuing Higher Education

    Photo By Petty Officer 3rd Class Haydn Smith | 200220-N-HS181-2001 BREMERTON, Wash. (Feb. 20, 2020) Sailors assigned to Navy...... read more read more



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    Naval Hospital Bremerton

    By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Haydn N. Smith, for NMRTC Bremerton Public Affairs -- Sailors looking to invest in their higher education were provided the opportunity to meet experts from several colleges to discuss a myriad of options presented to them.

    Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) Bremerton held a college fair for service members and their families Feb. 18, 2020.

    “The goal of this fair is to help connect the Sailors and civilians from the naval hospital with education opportunities,” said Roseann Cook, a region advisor for the Navy College Program. “This fair specifically focused on health care.”

    The fair had representatives from Olympic, Vincennes, and Excelsior colleges, who offered connections to nursing programs, healthcare administration programs, and college level examination program and Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) subject standardized tests.

    “I got all of the information from the three colleges at the fair,” said Religious Program Specialist 2nd Class Priscilla Vasquez. "They all have online and face-to-face classes, and one of them offers courses at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor right down the road.”

    The fair provides a selective approach to what colleges offer without having to drive or waste time and money doing research and visiting colleges, explained Chief Hospital Corpsman Leslie Regala, leading chief petty officer of NMRTC Bremerton Staff Education and Training Department.

    Regala advises service members with at least two years in the military and are interested in college to reach out to a Navy College office or Virtual Education Center counselor.

    “If Sailors don't love what they are doing this presents another option for them for when they get out,” said Vasquez. “Even if they don't finish their degree they can get it started with tuition assistance. I would definitely recommend the Navy College Program to new Sailors. It presents a lot of opportunities for them when they go back to the civilian world.”

    Funding options include tuition assistance, scholarships and grants, GI bill(s), advanced education vouchers and graduate education vouchers, along with Navy College Program for Afloat College Education, as well as self-funding.

    “It may not be the right thing for you today, but keep the Navy College Program in mind," added Cook. "Keep tuition assistance in mind, and realize that persistence is what is going to get you to your goals.”

    For more information on education opportunities for active duty and their families, visit or reach out to your local Navy College office.



    Date Taken: 02.18.2020
    Date Posted: 02.25.2020 09:55
    Story ID: 363827
    Location: BREMERTON , WA, US 

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