Surface Combat Systems Courses Recommended For ACE Accreditation
The U.S. Navy Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) recently announced that the American Council on Education (ACE), an academic accreditation agency, has recommended college credit for over 660 surface combat systems courses.
A team of academic experts in May evaluated five ratings; Fire Controlman (FC), Gunner's Mate (GM), Interior Communications Electrician (IC), and Sonar Technician (Surface) (STG), which were approaching academic expiration, and Fire Controlman Aegis (FCA), which was gaining college credits for the first time.
“The purpose was to determine whether a given military occupation contains the type of knowledge and skills that would be comparable to learning acquired in college-level courses,” explained Ms. Nadine Galazka, CSCS’ ACE program manager. “The academia subject matter experts interviewed Sailors from our sites and dets, who assembled at CSCS Det East, and conducted interviews via teleconference. The discussions focused on responsibilities, functions, duties, and skills of the job.”
Other commands and ships were involved in this vital effort as well, including Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic; Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet; Commander, Destroyer Squadron 22; Naval Sea Systems Command’s Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion, and repair; Afloat Training Group, Norfolk; Naval Air Station Patuxent River; Naval Station Norfolk Air Operations; Mid Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center; Navy Supply Fleet Logistics Center; Afloat Media Systems; USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51); USS Cole (DDG 67); USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79); USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81); PCU Delbert D. Black (DDG 119); USS Normandy (CG 60); USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77); and USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).
CSCS provides over 538 courses, awards 114 different Navy Enlisted Classifications (NECs), and trains over 38,000 Sailors a year. CSCS delivers specialized training for Officer and Enlisted Sailors to tactically operate, maintain, and employ shipboard and shore-based weapons, sensors, and command and control systems utilized in today's Navy.