Friday, May 27, 2011

Hampton University Establishes Partnership with U.S. Coast Guard

Hampton University Establishes Partnership with U.S. Coast Guard

HU Provost Dr. Pamela Hammond and Rear Adm. Kevin Cook, Coast Guard Director of Prevention Policy, joined by members of HU and U.S. Coast Guard, sign the Memorandum of Understanding.

Hampton University signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Coast Guard on May 13. The partnership agreement will provide HU students with scholarships and internship opportunities in the Coast Guard.

This partnership will provide academic options to HU students and faculty, while supporting the Coast Guard’s civilian and military officer recruiting efforts. The agreement is a part of the Coast Guard’s Historically Black College and Universities outreach initiative.

“This partnership agreement between Hampton University and the U.S. Coast Guard provides an opportunity for HU students to gain much more insight into the wonderful professional and career programs in the Coast Guard while they are students and after graduating,” stated retired Maj. Gen. Wallace Arnold, director of the HU Data Conversion and Management Laboratory.

Under the new agreement, HU students may participate in internships in operations, intelligence studies, community relations, marketing, publicity, and information services among other areas within the Coast Guard.

HU students may also participate in the Coast Guard’s volunteer service program in which they work side-by-side with Coast Guard junior officers and civilian personnel.

In addition, full-time HU students eligible for the College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI) program can receive full tuition for up to two academic years, books and essential supplies, as well as active-duty Coast Guard benefits during their junior and senior years of college. The program provides students with valuable leadership, management, law enforcement, navigation and marine science skills and training.

The agreement will remain in effect for two years and may be renewed after the two-year period.

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