NEWPORT, R.I. – Regional educators traveled to Naval Station Newport (NAVSTA) and the Naval War College (NWC) to observe first-hand the training and facilities available to officers and students during an Educator Orientation Visit (EOV) July 19-23.
EOV is a program under the Navy Recruiting Districts (NRD) in which civilian educators, administrators and other special program coordinators at the junior college and four -year college and university level are given an opportunity by the regional NRD to travel to a military installation to learn about education, training and career opportunities offered by the Navy.
The educators selected typically hold positions in which they can provide counsel, direction and awareness to college students who are considering various career opportunities after graduation in the professional fields—such as engineering, nuclear, law, nursing, and medicine—along with earning a commission as a Navy officer.
“We want to give these college influencers information about how the Navy turns college graduates into officers and how we further their education and develop their leadership skills,” said Julia Clark, an education services specialist at NRD Philadelphia.
Tours can include briefings and conferences with Navy officials; discussions with instructors and students; and visits to ships, schoolhouses, berthing, messing, and recreational areas; and other support activities. These visits also provide the opportunity for military institutions to demonstrate the overall quality, quantity, scope, and depth of Navy training.
John Jackson, who is a professor in the College of Distance Education at NWC, delivered a presentation and provided an informative guided tour of the War College. He spoke to the visitors about NWC’s focus on delivering executive-level interactive and multi-disciplinary course instruction that also provides the skills students need to become effective decision makers.
“It’s always a pleasure to interface with these educators and they always leave impressed by the quality of our academic programs, our faculty and our staff,” Jackson said. “This group was particularly interested in NWC's role in educating the future leaders of our international partners around the world.”
The visit enlightened the educators who believed the experience would help them communicate to their students the possible career paths provided by the military.
“The instruction, leadership and teamwork at the Naval War College really captured me,” said Joyce Henderson, assistant director for employer outreach and partnerships at the University of Delaware. “The curriculum is extremely vigorous and it’s preparing our future military leaders to safeguard the world in the 21st Century.”
Five educators and administrators from Pennsylvania’s Cheyney University, Delaware State University and the University of Delaware as well as members of NRD Philadelphia participated in the five-day visit that also focused on facility tours and briefings at NAVSTA and featured a trip to Naval Submarine Base Groton in Connecticut.
By David Reese, Naval War College Public Affairs