By MC2 (SW) Justin A. Johndro
BREMERTON, Wash. — Naval Base Kitsap (NBK), Bremerton held an education fair outside the base barracks June 12.
Six colleges were represented, offering potential students educational opportunities for an associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree.
“We try to do this (education fair) at least once a year to let the Sailors and their families know what programs are available to them,” said Gilbert Williams, Site Director at NBK. “We also identify Navy College’s 16 partnership schools and what degrees they offer.”
During the fair, attendees had the opportunity to discuss the programs each college offers. They learned what courses would best suit their need to further their education, and what goals they should set to achieve their degrees.
“I encourage every Sailor to come in and find out what their educational opportunities are,” said Williams. “There are so many things that are free to them while they are on active duty, such as the learning resource center, the testing programs and the apprenticeship program. All of these things are free while in the military. Once they leave, they will have to pay for all these resources.”
The fair was not only for service members wanting to start their college degrees, but those wanting to receive higher degrees.
“I am looking to begin a college career in teaching and have found a lot of helpful information here,” said Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class (AW/SW) Michael Armstrong. “It’s great to have the schools come out to show the Sailors what programs they have to offer.”
For more information on colleges available for Sailors on local bases or through distance-learning, contact the Bangor office at (360) 315-2538, the Bremerton office at (360) 476-4282 or check online at https://www.nbk.navy.mil/.