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O’Malley chats online with service members

ANNAPOLIS — Martin O’Malley has spoken with active duty military personnel in Afghanistan to thank them for their service.

The governor spoke via a Google online chat on Monday morning from the Maryland Statehouse with service members who are taking a speech and writing class with the University of Maryland University College at Bagram Air Field.

O’Malley commended them for working to continue their education while deployed. Javier Miyares, the president of UMUC, also took part in the call from Annapolis.

UMUC is a state school that specializes in online education for members of the military stationed overseas. It has about 98,000 students. More than half are military service members, veterans and their families.

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  1. I have not heard any good news from the military on how they are being driven to use all their military education on ‘career college’ online instruction. It is a huge shame to hit these warriors with a barrage of recruiters for these online classes that deny them the ability later to go to a 4 year university where they will have career choices. Whether UMUC or University of Phoenix, all my reading has people recruited to these programs regretting having wasted their money on inferior programs.

    Governor O’Malley is promoting this inferior instruction to military veterans who deserve the best that education can buy and the governor knows that is not UMUC. We encourage veterans who feel misdirected to seek legal counsel in regaining your education funding. I encourage justice advocates to stand up against this chanelling of target populations to these inferior education choices!

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