The Educators Workshop Program provides selected educators and influential community members with an experiential opportunity to see how the Marine Corps transforms young men and women into Marines. It also provides attendees with current information regarding Marine Corps training practices, military job skills, service opportunities, military lifestyle, and educational benefits available to Marines. The program is designed to demystify recruit and officer candidate training, foster stronger relationships among recruiting personnel and the communities they serve, and increase advocacy among influencers who help shape decisions of young men and women.
These week-long workshops provide selected high school educators and key influencers with the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge about how prospects are recruited, trained, and transformed into Marines at the recruit depots. Participants are exposed to various facets of the Marine Corps through the lens of recruit training and active duty Marines at either MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina. Attendees will also have a chance to speak face to face with recruits and drill instructors and participate in a variety of interactive exercises.
To apply to any of the Educator’s Workshops, please fill out this application and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or to your local recruiting station.
Q. Who is eligible to attend an Educators Workshop?
A. Those eligible to attend an Educators Workshop include:
1. High school career counselors.
2. High school academic counselors.
3. High school teachers.
4. High school principals.
5. Community college educators.
6. School board members.
7. Members of the media.
A waiver may be requested for any person who is not covered in the categories listed above. Repeat visitors and former Marines must obtain a waiver from the Commanding General of Marine Corps Recruiting Command to attend.
Q. What type of clothes should I bring?
A. The Educators Workshop is a casual event. Since much of the workshop involves experiencing many of the recruit training facilities first hand, comfortable clothes and tennis shoes are recommended for the daily activities. One set of dress clothes (Example: Collared shirt and khakis, or dress) is recommended for going out to dinner at various locations in Beaufort. Be sure to bring a rain jacket in case of inclement weather. Educators are encouraged to check the weather report before departing, and pack accordingly.
Q. How do I get my tickets?
A. A Marine Corps representative will transport you to the airport where the group will be issued tickets.
Q. What will I need to have money for?
A. All meals, lodging and transportation are provided by the Marine Corps. You will receive a gift certificate for dinner on Thursday night, that you can use in Beaufort. Depending on where and what you eat, you may need additional funds. We will also visit the Base Exchange during the visit, where you may wish to buy mementos of your experience. Exchange purchases are limited to Marine Corps related memorabilia and personal items only.
Q. Where will we be staying?
A. Lodging is provided by the Country Inn and Suites of Beaufort, S.C. The rooms include a refrigerator and microwave oven. A continental breakfast will be served each morning before departing to Parris Island. The individual, not the Marine Corps, will pay any incidental room charges and phone bills accrued during the Educator Workshop.
Q. Where will we be eating?
A. During the day, Educators will eat lunch at various locations on base. At night, Educators will be driven to a restaurant in the local Beaufort area. Each restaurant provides a wide selection of meals and a casual social atmosphere.
Q. What if I have questions during the workshop?
A. Marines will accompany you during the workshop; they are a great source of information concerning the various events, which you will see. Educators are highly encouraged to ask questions during the workshop. We are here to provide you with as much information about recruit training as possible.
Q. Will there be a gym to workout while on the workshop?
A. The hotel has a small workout facility and indoor pool on location.
Q. What if I have special medical needs?
A. Anyone who has a special medical concern needs to notify his or her Marine Corps Recruiter before attending the workshop. These concerns will be addressed accordingly.
Q. Can I take pictures on the workshop?
A. Yes, we encourage you to take as many photos as you would like to remember your experience aboard Parris Island.