Chancellor Miller Tours Onslow County Extension Site
UNC Wilmington Chancellor Gary L. Miller and several other university administrators spent the day in Jacksonville, N.C. on Aug. 15 to see first-hand how UNCW's ongoing partnership with Coastal Carolina Community College and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is benefitting both the military and the citizens of Onslow County.
Miller, Provost Cathy Barlow, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Johnson Akinleye, Dean of Education Kenneth Teitelbaum and Dean of Health and Human Services Charles Hardy started the day with an early-morning roundtable session with UNCW Extension students on the Coastal campus, which was in the frenzy of the first day of fall semester classes. They then toured the John A. Lejeune Education Center on the Marine Corps Base and had lunch with top Marine Corps officers.
"I had the honor of meeting several of our students, faculty and staff, as well as Marine Corps leadership, during our visit today," said Miller. "While there, I learned that the quality and flexibility of this program means so much to our students. About 90 percent of the students in this program are affiliated with the military, while others have work and family responsibilities that make it impossible for them to commute regularly to Wilmington. Some of UNCW's best student live and work right here in Jacksonville, and this program empowers them to complete their college educations while meeting their work and family obligations."
Since 1995, UNCW's Onslow County Extension Site has provided access for non-traditional students—active and retired military, military family members, full-time workers, single parents and others—to earn college degrees without commuting to Wilmington. Started as a way to help alleviate a severe teacher shortage in the area, the program now offers bachelor's degrees in business administration, clinical research, criminal justice, elementary education, nursing and social work as well as master's degrees in liberal studies, elementary education, chemistry and instructional technology. In January, UNCW opened its Education Lab extension program, which provides more than 1,000 hours of tutoring in reading and math to Onslow County schoolchildren, with 68 future teachers putting their classroom training into real-world action as tutors.
During the visit, Chancellor Miller reiterated UNCW's commitment to the program and the citizens of Onslow County. "Our partnership with Coastal Carolina Community College and Camp Lejeune is extremely important to UNCW," he said. "We're North Carolina's coastal university, and we're committed to working with partners to empower students to build better lives for themselves, their families and their communities through the world of opportunities available from UNCW."
For more information on UNCW's Onslow County Extension Site, see http://uncw.edu/extension/index.html.