APUS Approves Academic Credit for Marine Corps’ Chemical Biological Incident Response Force

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Marines and Sailors Can Now Receive College Credit for their Extensive Training

This agreement embraces our mission of providing relevant, affordable, and student-focused online degree programs to those who serve.

Marines and sailors in the Marine Corps Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF), at the Naval Support Facility in Indian Head, Md., can now receive college credit at American Military University (AMU), for their extensive training in emergency and disaster response. AMU is a member institution of American Public University System (APUS).

CBIRF, established in 1996, provides leadership and support in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive terrorist incident and assists local, state and federal organizations and agencies in maintaining continuity of government and infrastructure.

Wallace E. Boston, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of APUS, and Lt. Col. Michael Rohlfs, commanding officer for CBIRF, signed a memorandum of understanding that allows college course credit for the command’s Basic Operations Course. The course teaches students emergency life-saving skills, decontamination techniques, and hazardous material awareness and operations.

The agreement stipulates that CBIRF students completing the Basic Operations Course after December 1, 2007, can receive up to 15 transfer credit hours toward one of five associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs offered through AMU. The eligible degree programs include:

  •     BA – Emergency and Disaster Management
  •     BA – Homeland Security
  •     BS – Public Health
  •     AA – General Studies with a concentration in Weapons of Mass Destruction
  •     AA – General Studies

“APUS was founded by a Marine to help service members apply their military training and education to attain a post-secondary degree,” said Boston. “This agreement embraces our mission of providing relevant, affordable, and student-focused online degree programs to those who serve.”

About American Public University System
American Public University System is comprised of American Military University and American Public University and provides distance learning to more than 30,000 civilian and military adult students worldwide. APUS offers 57 degrees in its online undergraduate and graduate programs. APUS’s curriculum, affordability and flexibility helps working adults pursue degrees in homeland security, national security and emergency and disaster management. APUS also offers programs in professional studies, management, and liberal arts. A university book grant supplies textbooks at no charge to degree-seeking undergraduate students. Eligible students may apply for Federal Student Aid. American Public University System is a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI). For more information, please visit http://www.americanpubliceducation.com.

Contact:
Renée Williams Hockaday, American Public University System
703.334.3868
rhockaday(at)apus.edu

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