New education benefits offered to Civilian Marines

16 Feb 2007 | Lance Cpl. Monique Smith

Civilian Marines aboard the Air Station now have the opportunity to further their education with the new Academic Degree and Certification Program.

The program provides financial assistance to employees who wish to pursue a college degree.

Created in 1995 by Headquarters Marine Corps, the Civilian Leadership Development Program gives Civilian Marines the opportunity to learn leadership skills and develop other traits that could make them more competitive for promotions and career advancement. To be eligible for the degree program, Civilian Marines must be active participants in the CLD for a minimum of six months before applying.

“The program allows everyday employees the opportunity to become the manager,” said Lt. Col. Tom Dailey, the Air Station’s Civilian Leadership Development coordinator. “It also allows senior-level management the opportunity for improvement and every class does that.”

The program resembles tuition assistance for active duty service members by allowing civilians to enroll in any college or university. However, the intended degree must be job or career-related to the applicant's current position or in one that will help meet career goals within the federal government. The degree or certificate must also be included as a developmental goal in the applicant’s Individual Leadership Development Plan.

“The leadership program is a good program that passes on skills and knowledge to current and future leaders,” said C. David Ellard, the education services officer and manager of the Lifelong Learning Center here.

The cost for tuition and book expenses will be reimbursed up to the maximum rate of $1,200 per semester/$600 per quarter, but is not to exceed $2,400 per fiscal year.

Costs associated with obtaining and renewing professional credentials, licenses and certifications may also be reimbursed under this program. However, reimbursements will not be made for courses not approved prior to the start of classes.

Whether or not Civilian Marines use the degree program, they now have the chance to better their future.

“I think it’s a great program,” said Katrina Thompson, a Public Works engineering technician. “It gives us a chance to learn leadership skills and it’s a great opportunity for possible advancements.”

To get enrolled in the CLP program contact Lt. Col. Tom Dailey at or call 228-6462.