What is NCPACE Instructor Led (IL)?

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The Navy has contracted with Central Texas College, which is regionally accredited, to provide academic skills, developmental and college level courses that can assist with college preparation or help you work towards an Associate degree. IL courses are provided in a traditional classroom format at your command. The courses, location and class schedules are determined by your command.

Is My Command Eligible?

U.S. naval vessels and deployable squadrons assigned a UIC sea duty type code of 2 or 4 are eligible for NCPACE. Only U.S. naval personnel permanently assigned to those commands including U.S. Marine Corps personnel assigned as ship’s company are eligible to participate in NCPACE. Naval personnel, to include embarked Marines, on temporary assignment to the command may be eligible to participate as long as they have sufficient time to complete course work while assigned to the command. USMC personnel are only eligible for the IL program on a space available basis.

All active duty personnel assigned to U.S. naval ships (USNS) under the cognizance of the Military Sealift Command (MSC), and those carrying at least 10 Navy active duty members and having available required instructor berthing are eligible to participate in the IL program.

Ships moored within a shipyard or undergoing an import/ unavailability period or commands utilizing classroom facilities on base must use an instructor from local area or active duty member to participate in the IL program.

Eligibility to participate in NCPACE is solely at the discretion of the Navy and may be changed at any time. Waivers to eligibility requirements may be submitted to the NCPACE Program Manager.

NCPACE IL courses are available to ships with courses taught on board.

Instructors will teach academic skills classes on board ships or at on-base classroom facilities as required.

Embarked commands may participate in a ship’s NCPACE IL program.

For questions, contact the Navy College Virtual Education Center (NCVEC) or your OCONUS Navy College Office.

Who is Eligible?

NCPACE IL is available to active duty Sailors and the following Naval Reservists:

  • Enlisted Naval Reservists ordered to active duty for 120 days or more.
  • Naval Reserve Officers ordered to active duty for two years beyond the course term end date.

To qualify, Sailors must:

  • be assigned to a participating NCPACE IL command for the duration of the course term.
  • be on active duty for the duration of the course term.
  • receive counseling from a Navy College Education Counselor (Navy College Office or the Navy College Virtual Education Center (NCVEC)).
  • agree, if an officer, to remain on active duty for at least two years upon completion of the course(s) term end date. This obligation runs concurrently with remaining obligated service time. If the officer does not wish to remain on active duty to complete the obligation and the Navy agrees to release him/her, the officer will be required to reimburse the NCPACE /TA funds expended during the last two years of active duty on a pro-rated basis.

What is Covered?

NCPACE IL provides courses at the academic skills, developmental and lower division undergraduate levels as listed in the NCPACE IL Catalog.

  • NCPACE IL will only cover tuition.
  • NCPACE IL does not cover books and course materials, with the exception of the academic skills courses.
  • Sailors may enroll in a maximum of two (2) courses per term.
  • In the event that Sailors do not successfully complete their NCPACE IL course, they will not be authorized to retake the course again using NCPACE or Tuition Assistance (TA) funds. A Command Supported withdrawal or "WX" grade is the only exception that will allow a Sailor to retake the course.

What are the Caps?

There are currently no caps with the use of NCPACE IL. Tuition is funded at 100% and the Navy pays by course not by individual Sailor.

What are the Enrollment Requirements and Term Lengths?

The minimum class (section) size is 10 Sailors and the maximum number of enrollments is determined by classroom capacity and availability. Maximum utilization of classroom space is expected. Waivers for the class size limits may be approved by the Program Manager and Ordering Officer.

The minimum order for an instructor to embark is two (2) college sections/courses (in the same academic discipline) or two (2) academic skills and one (1) college section.

Waivers for conducting a single (one) college section/course on a delivery order will be accepted if all other requirements are met AND the instructor is a service member certified by the academic institution to teach the course. If the command is at homeport and pierside, waivers for conducting a single (one) section/course on a delivery order will be accepted if all other requirements are met AND the instructor resides in the same general area as the command or a service member certified by the academic institution to teach the course.

The term lengths and contact hours vary depending on the course level. Term lengths are flexible; they may be scheduled and requested to meet command operational needs. The command will indicate specific term dates on the NCPACE IL Request message.

  • Normally, an academic skills term is scheduled for 4 weeks. However, courses require 45 contact hours, and may be scheduled in a 3-8 week term.
  • While 8 weeks is the norm, developmental and college level courses require 48 contact hours and may be scheduled in a 6-8 week term.

Contact the NCVEC with any questions.