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Civilian and military personnel from Naval Support Facility Dahlgren and its tenant commands attending the 2012 Academic Fair flocked to the University of Mary Washington Dahlgren Campus May 15 to speak with representatives of universities about their plans to pursue degree programs ranging from the associates to doctoral levels.

Computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, systems engineering, mathematics, physics and engineering management were the most popular degree disciplines discussed between 125 attendees and university representatives.

"A common theme among the Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program (CGEP) schools in attendance was the move to offer an increased number of academic courses in online format," said NSWCDD Academic Programs Manager Debbie Bardine. "The online format should provide increased flexibility for our employees and enable them to complete academic coursework even if their job requires regular travel."

The CGEP schools - George Mason University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia Tech - joined the University of Mary Washington; Naval Postgraduate School; Rappahannock Community College and Germanna Community College at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) sponsored event.

NSWCDD Workforce Development and Training team members answered questions related to NSWC Dahlgren academic benefits, policies and procedures.

"Although attendees were primarily NSWCDD civilian employees, other tenant commands, active duty military and government contractors were also represented," said Bardine.