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My Coast Guard
Commentary | Aug. 7, 2023

Has your unit commander appointed a PIE program coordinator?

By AJ Pulkkinen, MyCG writer

The Coast Guard encourages all units to establish local Partnership in Education (PIE) programs. If your unit does not currently have a PIE program and coordinator, maybe you can help your unit commander establish the program and designate a coordinator, preferably before the coordinator’s virtual orientation event on August 16. 

The virtual orientation on August 16 will introduce PIE coordinators to the program and their new roles and responsibilities.  

The first step for a unit commander to establish and support a local PIE program starts with appointing a PIE coordinator. PIE coordinators are responsible for establishing partnerships with local schools and coordinating volunteer activities, such as: 

  • Reading to elementary school children 
  • Providing instructional support on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) subjects such as marine science, engineering and mathematics 
  • Supporting students in extracurricular clubs and events such as science fairs, computer literacy programs and robotics competitions 
  • Hosting interactive educational field trips to Coast Guard stations 

The PIE program benefits everyone involved. Students learn about civic responsibility, applications of academic disciplines and different career opportunities. Coast Guard PIE coordinators and volunteers serve as positive role models and mentors in the communities where they live and work. And teachers, schools and communities receive support in developing our nation’s future civilian and military workforce and leaders. 

The Coast Guard Civil Rights Directorate provides all PIE coordinators with toolkits and resources to perform their duties successfully, including a Teams Hub where PIE coordinators and volunteers can ask questions, share information and post pictures.  

Established in 1991, the PIE program allows Coast Guard members to provide volunteer support to hundreds of partner schools and work directly with tens of thousands of students on a range of activities that promote students’ well-being and academic achievement.  

For more information, contact Edward Stoker, the Coast Guard’s National PIE Program Manager