Coastal Carolina Community College takes great pride in its partnership with the local military community. During spring term 2013, over 1,400 active duty military and their family members enrolled in curriculum programs, with 121 graduating in the spring commencement.
Dr. Lingle served on the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Military Affairs from 1995 until 2001. He was reappointed by Governor Beverly Perdue in 2010. He was appointed by the Secretary of the Navy to the Board of Visitors of Marine Corps University in 2001. He is the only public community college president ever appointed to the Board of Visitors, and the only U.S. Army veteran elected to serve as its Chairman. In 2010, he was appointed to the Steering Committee of the Military Growth Task Force.
Dr. Lingle has received a number of awards for his work with the leadership of the U.S. Marine Corps, on behalf of Marines, sailors, and their families. In 2001, he received the SgtMaj “Mack” McKinney Award from the Non-Commissioned Officers Association. In 2005, he was presented the Spirit of Hope Award by the U.S. Marine Corps. In 2007, he was made an Honorary Marine by Gen James T. Conway, Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps.
In-State tuition rates are available for active duty military and their family members while stationed in North Carolina.
Coastal provides a full array of services for military students and their family members. In addition, the College’s Veterans Programs provides three (3) full-time staff members who provide services and information for Veterans and their families.
Coastal maintains off-campus sites aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River. Military personnel, their adult dependents, and civilians can receive services and information about the College including admissions, placement testing, academic counseling, registration, and tuition payment. The sites also provide information about various military educational opportunities and services, including Tuition Assistance. In addition to curriculum course offerings, the Camp Lejeune office provides various continuing education courses and a learning lab with free tutoring and placement testing for students. The MCAS New River office also offers a learning lab and placement testing. The learning labs operate during limited hours; please refer to each facility’s hours of operation. Upon request, the College offers courses at various other locations aboard the Marine Corps bases in Onslow County, such as Camp Geiger, Camp Johnson, Naval Hospital, Courthouse Bay, Tarawa Terrace, and others.
The public higher education partnership, formed more than fifteen (15) years ago among Coastal, UNC Wilmington, and the Lejeune Education Center of MCB Camp Lejeune has made it possible for several thousand military families to earn a baccalaureate and/or masters degree, without having to commute long distance. This partnership was the focus on a special visit by Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, and Mrs. Annette Conway, wife of General James T. Conway, 34th Commandant of the US Marine Corps.
Coastal provides exemplary educational opportunities for the military. The College has a well-documented history of educational quality. In fact, Coastal has met and/or exceeded the State’s Performance Measures more often than any of the other community colleges among the 58 in the North Carolina Community College System. In July 2011, Coastal was selected for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence designating the institution as one of the top performing community colleges in the nation.
Coastal takes great pride in recognizing our unique partnership with the military and meeting the educational needs of active duty military, retirees, and family members.