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Satellites bring MBA programs to Japan

Date Posted: 1998-03-28

Marines and family members interested in off-duty education will be able to take classes with students at bases around the Marine Corps later this year, thanks to the new Marine Corps Satellite Education Network (MCSEN) program coming to the education here.

The MCSEN is a program that will enable students at Marine Corps installations around the world to "attend" classes together using televideo equipment.

According to Dennis A. Sherrod, Marine Corps Base Education Center director, the idea has been in the works for almost two years. Headquarters Marine Corps sent out an All Marine (ALMAR) message announcing they had awarded the contracts for MCSEN classes to Mississippi State University and Hinds Community College.

Hinds Community College will offer classes leading to associate's degrees in criminal justice and general studies. Mississippi State University will offer courses for a bachelor's degree in business administration and a program for a master's of business administration. Until the MCSEN program, Okinawa students couldn't get an MBA through any of the universities offering classes on island.

The MCSEN program is not expected to start offering classes until late summer. Setting up equipment, including fiber-optic cables, to provide service to Camps Kinser, Courtney, Foster, and MCASs Futenma and Iwakuni, has proven a challenge.

The Use of MCSEN equipment isn't limited to classes, said Sherrod. Commanders at one base can use the equipment to deliver remote briefings to Marines around the Corps. Participants in such briefings could ask the briefer questions and participate in the discussion from points around the world.

Anyone with questions can contact Catherine Mahoney, MCSEN program coordinator and technical director, at DSN 278-5722 or commercial (703)784-5722.

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