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CSFE to Host Occupational Accreditation Team

From Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering Public Affairs

The Council on Occupational Education (COE) is scheduled to conduct a reaffirmation of accreditation for the Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering (CSFE) June 26-29.

The award of accreditation is based on an evaluation to demonstrate the institution meets not only the standards of quality of the council, but also the needs of students, the community and employers.

“The COE accreditation helps us realize the importance and significance coupled with the responsibility to the Sailor and our nation that we have in maintaining a professional learning institution that can be relied upon to develop, manage and deliver technical training at the right time in a Sailor’s career,” said CSFE Director of Training Thomas DeWitt.

The evaluation process includes an extensive self-study by the center and an intensive review by a visiting team of professional educators representing the COE member institutions from other states.

COE is a national accrediting agency committed to assuring quality and integrity in career and workforce training. COE is a nonprofit, voluntary membership organization serving postsecondary education and training institutions, centers and similar entities interested in the improvement of the workforce in the U.S. Accreditation is a status granted to a learning institution or program which meets or exceeds stated criteria and standards of learning established by the council.

“We look forward to hosting the COE team to review our processes and help us ensure delivery of the highest quality training and learning environment for our students that meets the needs of the Navy,” explained DeWitt. “This validation is the standard by which we hold ourselves accountable and goes a long way to making sure we meet that standard. Our hope is that we live up to that standard in our speech and practice of training Sailors.”

As part of the self-study preparing for the reaffirmation, CSFE is providing an opportunity for the public to comment on their qualifications for accreditation. Those wishing to make comments should write to: Executive Director, Commission of the Council on Occupational Education, 7840 Roswell Road, Bldg. 300, Suite 325, Atlanta, GA 30350, or submit their comments via the Council website http://www.council.org/. Persons making comments must provide their names and mailing addresses.

CSFE’s mission is to provide Civil Engineer Corps officers, Seabees, and environmental professionals with the necessary skills, knowledge, and education to enhance life-long learning and to provide quality support to the fleet. CSFE oversees five learning sites and detachments located throughout the continental U.S.


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