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CIWT to Host Council on Occupational Education Accreditation Team

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Story by Glenn Sircy on 08/06/2019
By Glenn Sircy, Center for Information Warfare Training

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The Council on Occupational Education (COE) is scheduled to conduct a reaffirmation of accreditation site visit to the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola Corry Station in Pensacola, Florida, Sept. 23-27.

COE, a nationally recognized accrediting agency, is a nonprofit voluntary membership organization serving postsecondary education and training institutions, centers, and similar entities interested in the improvement of the workforce.

Initially accredited with COE in 1975, CIWT was last reaffirmed in 2013 and has undergone self-studies and subsequent site visits by COE about every six years.

The purpose of this visit is to assess CIWT headquarters, its four commands, two detachments, and nine learning sites as an accredited institution using the standards and criteria established by COE. Accreditation has two fundamental purposes: to assure the quality of the institution and its programs and assist in the improvement of the institution and its programs.

"Maintaining our COE accreditation affords those we train with the ability to attain college credits for the training we offer," said Denise Myers, a CIWT instructional systems specialist. "By having the approved COE seal on our graduation certificates, our trainees can take their graduation certificates to their college or university of choice and have proof that the level of training they received from CIWT is equal to what is offered at colleges and universities throughout the world."

The process covers training throughout the CIWT domain, which trains approximately 21,000 students annually at its various training locations located throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, and Japan.

COE requires all organizations to conduct a self-study before the team visit, and there are 10 standards organizations must meet to be accredited through COE. The self-study allows the organization a process to meet those standards and prepare documentation.

CIWT completed its extensive self-study outlining adherence to the prescribed standards of curriculum and instructional quality, and the on-site COE team will now visit to evaluate and complete the reaffirmation of accreditation. The visiting COE team will also rely on personnel interviews, observations of conditions and practices, and other essential documentation to determine if CIWT is in compliance with the standards and criteria required for accreditation.

"The process of self-study afforded CIWT a unique opportunity to conduct an in-depth analysis of the training and infrastructure that supports our mission to deliver trained information warfare professionals to the Navy and joint services, enabling optimal performance of information warfare across the full spectrum of military operations," said Don Kania, the CIWT learning standards officer. "The COE's review and comments are one of many review programs that focus on continual improvement to the quality instruction CIWT delivers."

For information, questions, or comments regarding COE, please contact the Executive Director of the Commission, Council on Occupational Education, via mail at 7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325, Atlanta, Georgia 30350; or submit comments through the council's website http://www.council.org/. Persons submitting comments must provide their names and mailing addresses.

With four schoolhouse commands, two detachments, and training sites throughout the United States and Japan, CIWT is recognized as Naval Education and Training Command's top learning center for the past three years. Training approximately 21,000 students every year, CIWT delivers trained information warfare professionals to the Navy and joint services. CIWT also offers more than 200 courses in cryptology, intelligence, information technology, cyber, and officers in the information warfare community.

For more news from Center for Information Warfare Training domain, visit www.navy.mil/local/cid/, www.netc.navy.mil/centers/ciwt/, www.facebook.com/NavyCIWT, or www.twitter.com/NavyCIWT.

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