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Life as a Marine: Education - Transcript

Maj. Kristen Lasica: Some Marines may come in after college, some come in with college degrees, some come in because they've tried college and they've decided "This just isn't for me now. I need to take a break." But when they're here in the Marine Corps, many finish their college degrees, they go on to get master's degrees, they continue with all different types of education throughout the time that we're here.

Capt. Edwin Pena: I can use myself as an example. I'm a kid from the projects of Brooklyn, and through the Marine Corps I was able to get my bachelor's degree. And that alone broadened my horizons and let me see what else there was out there in the world to do.

Sgt. Jon Hooge: While you're on deployment, you can take history classes, psych classes, Spanish, math, I mean, any college course you want to take.

Sgt. Gilberto Nevarez: This is the best place to explore your opportunity to go to classes. Right now I'm taking three college courses myself. I'm a couple credits shy of my associate's degree in accounting, and just last year I acquired a real estate license.

Sgt. Sharla Shima: I do go to college at part-time university. I'm working on my human resources management degree.

Sgt. Ryan Owens: It goes beyond college also. Currently we are looking into getting — some of my shop — looking into getting our Cisco Certification classes and Microsoft Certification classes.

Jeff Branch: Was I surprised about the continuing educational opportunities for Marines? I'm just overwhelmed by it. And so many of them that we talk to that are taking advantage of it.

Capt. Edwin Pena: I just finished doing my master's degree in information technology, and I'm in charge of a satellite communications project. I can tell you right now, there's very few people from my neck of the woods that have had that opportunity.

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