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Help the higher education community understand and  respond  to  the  special  needs  of  service members. Ensure  that  colleges  remain  flexible  to  make education programs available to service members and  to  improve  service  members’   access  to educational programs. Help  the  military  services  understand  the resources,  limits,  and  requirements  of  higher education. Help the higher education community understand the  resources,  limits,  and  requirements  of  the military services. Strengthen  liaison  and  working  relationships a m o n g     m i l i t a r y     a n d     h i g h e r     e d u c a t i on representatives. SOC  schools  collectively  offer  the  full  range  of associate  and  baccalaureate  degrees.    Many  offer on-base programs and some serve military installations overseas.   SERVICEMEMBERS OPPORTUNITY COLLEGES—   NAVY (SOCNAV-2) SOCNAV-2 consists of accredited colleges offering associate degree programs to Navy members worldwide either in resident courses or through distance learning. The associate degree programs are offered in many fields of study, some relating to the members’ ratings and others in interdisciplinary areas of study.  Within each of the curriculum  areas,  the  member  colleges  guarantee  to accept  each  other’s  credits  for  transfer.    The “parent” college issues an official evaluation of all prior learning in  the  form  of  a  SOCNAV  Student  Agreement.    This agreement  serves  as  the  student’s  academic  plan  and contract for the degree. The  SOCNAV-2  colleges  support  a  number  of networks (each consisting of separate curriculum areas) offering  their  degrees  on  or  near  various  naval installations.   SERVICEMEMBERS OPPORTUNITY COLLEGES—   -NAVY (SOCNAV-4) S O C N A V - 4    i s    p r o c e d u r a l l y    i d e n t i c a l    to SOCNAV-2;  it  offers  bachelor’s  degrees  to  Navy membe rs through resident courses or distance learning. Colleges and universities taking part in each curriculum area guarantee to accept each other’s credits for transfer. Additionally,  SOCNAV-4  institutions  agree  to  accept related  SOCNAV-2  degrees  to  count  as  at  least  45 percent of the curriculum requirements for a bachelor’s degree. In  SOCNAV-4,  the  colleges  support  a  variety  of networks (curriculum areas).  The system will continue to expand as Navy-defined needs are met by the addition of new networks and member institutions. The SOCNAV-2 and SOCNAV-4 Handbooks serve as manuals for the program and are used by the Navy College  Offices’education  specialists  and  guidance counselors to advise members interested in SOCNAV. The SOCNAV program manager can be contacted by e-mail  at  socmail@aascu.nche.org.    Further information on this program is also on the following web site: http://www.soc.aascu.org/socnav. Q28.    SOC  consists  of  a  national  group  of approximately how many colleges? Q29.    Civilian and military educators established the SOC in what year? Q30.    What type of degree can a member earn under the SOCNAV-2 program? Q31.    What type of degree can a member earn under the SOCNAV-4 program? NAVY’S NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM The  Navy’s  National  Apprenticeship  Program (NNAP)  can  best  be  explained  by  the  following questions and answers: What  is  the  program?  The  Navy’s  National Apprenticeship Program (NNAP) is a joint effort between  the  United  States  Navy  and  the Department of Labor that dates back to 1976. What  does  the  program  do?    The  program develops  highly  skilled,  Navy-oriented journeymen  who  will  continue  to  use  their technical  skills  and  knowledge  in  the  Navy. Eligible men and women benefit by getting the same credit for specified Navy work experience and training as their civilian counterparts. What  does  it  take  to  get  into  the  program? Enlisted people must be on active duty, have a high school diploma or GED equivalence, be in a job specialty or rating with approved apprentice skills,  and  meet  the  requirements  for  a journeyman rating. How  does  the  member  benefit?    The  program demands quality performance and evidence of 2-9

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