Afloat Education

Coast Guard Afloat Education Program

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The Vincennes University (VU) Coast Guard Afloat Education Program is a joint collaboration between the U.S. Coast Guard and VU. The Program was developed in 2005 to meet the needs of personnel onboard deployed Coast Guard vessels and at Coast Guard Stations ashore, in all areas of the United States and sometimes overseas.
VU works with an individual command to identify what college-level courses will best suit the command.  This is determined by providing an unofficial degree plan for each interested student and then identifying which classes will be of most benefit to the largest number of students. A qualified VU instructor will then offer classes, either onboard a deployed vessel or ashore.  Courses can be offered:  1) seated, 2) online, or 3) a combination of seated and online. 
This unique program allows Coast Guard personnel to complete requirements toward degree programs and update and improve both military and personal skills. 

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The NCPACE program offers courses to students who cannot attend a regularly scheduled classroom format.  NCPACE courses are available as Distance Learning (DL) courses.

NCPACE is available to:

  • Active duty Sailors

  • IAs/OSAs/GSAs serving OCONUS, and

  • Naval Reservists ordered to active duty for 120 days or more (Enlisted) or Naval Reserve Officers ordered to active duty for two years beyond the course term end date.

To qualify, active duty Sailors must be assigned to a command with a type 2 or 4 Unit Identification Code (UIC). Additional requirements are detailed on the Navy College Program website.


Contact Information

Ann Wells, Afloat Education Coordinator