NORFOLK, Va. — Naval Station Norfolk hosted a military day for the CIVIC Scholars, Oct. 18.

The CIVIC Scholars Program is a collaborative initiative between the CIVIC Leadership Institute, Old Dominion University and Tidewater Community College. Their mission is to foster a spirit of civic engagement, professionalism, and leadership in college students of Hampton Roads while connecting them to established business and community leaders, in order to build a cohort of young leaders who are excellently prepared for their careers.

Thirteen local college students participated in the military day where they toured USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75), C-2A squadron VRC-40, and ate lunch with Department of Defense civilians and military personnel. The event was held to strengthen community bonds, help participants understand the mission and impact of the military in Hampton Roads and most importantly to expose them to various careers within the DoD and military.

“It was such a unique experience for the students to be able to take a tour of this amazing installation that is right in their backyard,” said Megan Shuford, CIVIC Communications and CIVIC Scholars program manager. “The students had a wonderful experience and I know they learned so much during their time on the base.”

During lunch, the students connected with base personnel who currently work in positions that are similar to many of their majors and also heard from Navy Region Mid-Atlantic’s human resource director, Latasha Keller, about the many opportunities available within the DoD.

“Working for the government is a wonderful opportunity and allows continual growth and advancement,” said Keller. “The government offers great benefits, job security and, most importantly, the ability to work with our military personnel.”

For more information about the CIVIC Scholar Program go to https://www.civichr.org/civic-scholars/.

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