Northeastern University Partners With Fort Bragg To Support Soldiers Transitioning To Civilian Careers

Nov 17, 2015, 14:05 ET from Northeastern University

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. and FORT BRAGG, N.C., Nov. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Northeastern University's Charlotte Campus today announced a partnership with Fort Bragg, the largest DoD installation in the U.S., to offer a fast-track master's degree to Soldiers transitioning out of the military into civilian careers.  On base recruitment has begun for the first program, Project Management, that will begin January, 2016.

"Northeastern University has long understood and supported the needs of veterans and active duty personnel by offering online and on-campus degree options, financial aid, networking and job placement," said Dr. Cheryl Richards, CEO & Regional Dean of Northeastern University's Charlotte Campus. "Our new partnership will help Soldiers complete a master's degree infused with experiential learning opportunities faster, allowing them to translate their military skills to civilian careers.  Ultimately, we hope this will help Fort Bragg Soldiers and become a model replicable for other branches of the military."

As home or employer to more than 250,000 people, Fort Bragg is the fifth largest "city" in the state of North Carolina.  The Fort Bragg Education Center services 500-600 degree-seeking military personnel each week.  Soldiers will be able to complete Northeastern's Fast-Track MS in Project Management hybrid program in 18 months whereas the typical degree takes 24 months or longer.  A key component of the fast-track program, that differentiates it from other on-base degree offerings, is the experiential learning opportunity at Northeastern's Charlotte campus every six weeks.

"Northeastern University's ongoing commitment to career services for veterans is impressive," said Fort Bragg Deputy Commanding General, Major General Jefforey Smith.  "The potential quality of the fast-track master's curriculum and experiential learning piece that provides on the ground interaction with potential employers could be very helpful for transitioning Soldiers."

Last week, on Veteran's Day, Northeastern launched the Center for Advancement of Veterans and Servicemembers (CAVS) that includes a host of career development and scholarship opportunities to help eliminate the gap between education and employment felt by returning veterans nationally.

Northeastern's Charlotte campus, the University's first expansion outside of Boston, opened in October 2011.  Since then, it has grown from 8 master's degrees to 35 degree and certificate programs. The Northeastern network also includes campuses and hubs in Seattle, Washington, Silicon Valley and Toronto.  For more information, visit www.northeastern.edu/charlotte.

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