Coast Guard to launch Camden County Junior Leadership Program

CAMDEN COUNTY, N.C. – The Coast Guard and U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones are scheduled to inaugurate the nation’s second Coast Guard Junior Leadership Program at 11 a.m. Monday at Camden County’s CamTech High School auditorium.

In the Maritime Transportation Act of 2006, Congress identified the need for a Coast Guard-sponsored leadership program at the high-school level in Camden County.

Beginning during the 2010-2011 school year at CamTech, students enrolled in the Coast Guard program will receive leadership training and professional development classes centered on the Coast Guard’s maritime missions of safety, security, and stewardship.

“The program will help provide the students with real life skills in the maritime industry,” said Lt. j.g. Anne Mulhern, future program manager for the Camden County program. “They have an opportunity to learn leadership skills that they can use to help their community and themselves in the future.”

During the inauguration, all partners in the program’s conception, development, and implementation will sign the ceremonial Memorandum of Agreement. The signers will be Ron Melchiorre, superintendent of the Camden County School District and Rear Adm. Wayne Justice, Coast Guard 5th District commander.

The Coast Guard partners involved with this program include Coast Guard Headquarters, Recruiting Command, Coast Guard Academy, Base Support Unit Elizabeth City, Air Station Elizabeth City, Sector North Carolina and Sector Hampton Roads.

The Coast Guard Junior Leadership Program in place at the Maritime and Science Technology Academy in Key Biscayne, Fla., served as the basis for the development of the program at Camden County, N.C.

Air Station Elizabeth City will be providing a static display of one of their assets for the ceremony.

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