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My Coast Guard
Commentary | Aug. 30, 2021

Don’t miss the second Coast Guard wide virtual education fair, October 13, 2021

By Janki Patel, MyCG Writer

Attend the second virtual education fair on Wednesday, October 13, from 10a.m. to 4p.m. It is open to all active-duty, reserve, dependents, civilian employees, and retirees. Twenty colleges and organizations will be represented.

All of the academic institutions have a signed Department of Defense (DoD) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which allows Coast Guard members to use tuition assistance--most matching (or close to) the Coast Guard Tuition Assistance (TA) cap of $250 per credit hour.

The virtual venue allows participants to explore hundreds of college degrees, academic certificate programs and vocational programs (certifications and licenses) in an easy to navigate environment. 

Full-time education services officers (ESOs) will be available in the virtual ESO booth to engage with members to discuss their professional and developmental goals. Additionally, the full-time ESO’s can answer questions, assist with education benefits, the tuition assistance process, Joint Service Transcripts (JSTs) and other benefits offered through the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support.

Prospective students can browse virtual booths and links to learn about the history, academic/vocational programs, student services, and tuition costs of a school. Students are encouraged to interact with representatives from the academic institutions and agencies. 

The Coast Guard’s Voluntary Credentialing Program’s (VCP) Credentialing Assistance team will be available to answer questions about certifications and licenses fully funded by the VCP. 

CG COOL is the online tool for Coast Guard service members to find information on credentials, certifications, and licenses related to their military occupations and duties. 

Along with the VCP booth, the Military to Mariner (M2M) will provide information to members pursuing mariner credentialing with their USCG training and experience. 

View the “one minute” registration process can be found at this link. This link and Education Fair platform work best on standalone computers and personal electronic devices (smart phones, tablets, etc.). 

For additional information, please email Shelby Dill or call 850-313-0255.