NCPACE instructor college class terms are
accelerated and last between 6 to 8 weeks. Most
computer course terms are 90 days. VTC and Internet
courses may use the terms established by the institution.
All courses offered have the same content as those on
campus and carry resident college credit. The registrar of
the contract school maintains student transcripts.
ESOs should coordinate and plan NCPACE courses
with the authorized contractor, being sure to keep the
Navy College Office education specialists serving the
command informed and using them as a guide. ESOs
should begin planning for NCPACE courses well in
advance of the ships scheduled deployment (2 to 3
months). The Navy College Office education specialist
may assist ESOs in the following areas:
Clarifying procedures for requesting NCPACE
Ensuring the ships NCPACE point of contact
(POC) is aware of the responsibilities for
Ensuring that if the command plans to utilize
computer courses, they assign an NCPACE Team
consisting of the ESO, NCPACE POC, and up to
two petty officers to monitor students, and if the
command plans to allow computer-delivered
academic skills courses, they assign an NCPACE
Facilitator to assist and monitor students.
The coordination of the NCPACE POC, the
contractor, and the Navy College Office education
specialist determines the success of NCPACE. The
NCPACE POC should carry out the following actions:
Ensure class dates correspond with the ships
operating schedule to prevent lengthy delays or
interruptions in the learning process and that
minimum enrollments have been met.
Ensure officer berthing is available for the civilian
instructor and that arrangements have been made
for him or her to mess in the wardroom. Instructors
are given an equivalent civil service grade of
GS-12 and are entitled to officer accommodations.
The instructor pays the wardroom mess bill and is
reimbursed by the school.
Ensure that suitable classroom space is available.
Ensure that suitable computer space is available.
Determine if command or contractor computers
are to be used.
Request the desired courses from the Naval
Education and Training Professional Development
and Technology Center (NETPDTC) by message
or electronic mail (E-mail) using the format
provided by NETPDTC.
Provide NETPDTC with confirmation that
Orientation Services or courses have been
completed. Provide NETPDTC with confirmation
of students who are to receive command-supported
Provide NETPDTC with instructor evaluations
and student course critiques.
Additional information on NCPACE can be
obtained from your nearest Navy College Office
and the NCPACE contractor assigned to support
Q22. What program provides an atmosphere in which
students can experience a challenging education
in a shipboard or remote site environment?
Q23. Which course delivery method under NCPACE
does not require an onboard college instructor?
Q24. What costs are incurred by members enrolling in
college courses under NCPACE?
Q25. What is the minimum number of students
required for an NCPACE instructor-taught
Q26. How many months in advance of the ships
scheduled deployment should ESOs plan and
coordinate NCPACE courses?
Q27. When civilian NCPACE instructors are aboard
ships, they are entitled to officer accommoda-
tions and are given what equivalent civil service
The Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)
consists of a national group of approximately 1,250
colleges. These colleges have agreed to cooperate with
the military services to support voluntary education
programs. SOC members include 2-year and 4-year
colleges and universities and technical institutes. SOC
members adhere to specific principles and criteria to
ensure high-quality academic programs are available to
Civilian and military educators established SOC in
1972 to accomplish the following: