Military members at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina looking to further their education now have a new option.

UNC has extended their CORE Certificate Program to give service members a chance to earn their degree.

“That program is really a [UNC] system-wide initiative, but it’s led by [UNC] Chapel Hill. And it’s designed to accelerate higher-education opportunities for active-duty military in North Carolina,” UNC spokesperson Jim Gregory said. “It involves self-paced and summer-based courses that take advantage of what’s already available out there.”

Rob Bruce, director of the Friday Center, said online courses will be taken at the convenience of the service member and are designed to prepare them for entry into a UNC-System school.

“The requirement is 27 hours of credit over the course of two or three years,” Bruce said. “You might have literature courses or physics or math or chemistry and you build the certificate by completing these courses.”

Once the certificate is earned, all credits will transfer to any UNC-System school.

“It really gives military students a strong foundation in general education courses,” he said. “It really sets them up for the ultimate goal, which is for them to be admitted into a degree program and for them to complete their degree.”

UNC CORE is scheduled to accept its first group of certificate enrollees in the fall.