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My Coast Guard
Commentary | Oct. 8, 2021

Career Planning: Virtual Technical Education Fair

By Janki Panki, MyCG Writer

The Coast Guard will be holding its first technical and credentialing virtual education fair on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, online from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., ET. The event is is open to all personnel and their family members. Participants can explore hundreds of degrees and certifications in an easy-to-navigate and relaxed, virtual environment.

Looking to advance your Coast Guard career or qualify for a better paying job in the civilian workforce? Look no further! A short-term investment of your time to earn a professional license, an industry certification, or a technical degree can pave the way.

In the military, these accomplishments are recognized as professional development milestones – giving members a competitive edge for advancement or a prestigious assignment. In the civilian workforce, these credentials qualify candidates for a wider array of higher paying positions.

Twenty programs and colleges will be represented, showcasing a variety of institutions and organizations. Programs include Military to Mariner (M2M), the Coast Guard’s Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (CG COOL), and the US Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP).

All participating colleges offer online programs and military tuition discounts at or near the Coast Guard Tuition Assistance (TA) cap of $250 per credit hour.

You will be able to:

  • Explore educational opportunities
  • Choose between live text chat or real-time “in-person” assistance
  • Participate in personalized counseling sessions
  • Discover e-learning options

Attendees can browse virtual booths to learn about apprenticeship programs, industry-recognized credentials, prep courses, and technical degrees. These activities can be done with or without engaging in a live text chat. However, the education services officer (ESO) team highly encourages members to interact with knowledgeable representatives who will be “at the ready” to provide information and guidance in real time.

Another outstanding feature of the fair is the opportunity to interact with full time ESOs who will be manning the ESO booth. In this corner of the fair, members can learn about their education benefits, the tuition or credentialing assistance process, and the potential value of credit recommendations listed on their joint service transcripts (JSTs).

Most importantly, participants can engage in a real-time advising session to discuss their professional goals and clarify how benefits and programs can be used to achieve these goals.

You can find out more information about e-learning opportunities. Skillsoft (a leading provider of on-demand training used by 65% of Fortune 500 companies) will be represented at the education fair. Skillsoft offers over 7,000 courses that complement numerous CG COOL credentials to include project management professional (PMP), Lean Six Sigma, and CompTIA Network+.

The Coast Guard offers these e-learning opportunities for FREE via the Skillport program which can be accessed through the Coast Guard Pixel links. An excellent 24/7 resource, Skillport is an additional tool that can be used to support multiple pathways to professional success.

The team of full-time ESOs led by Shelby Dill (ESO Base Galveston) are excited to bring this virtual education fair to every member of Team Coast Guard, especially in light of COVID-19 safety considerations. Rarely will members find so many resources in one place at one time in such a convenient format.

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