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Fort Rucker to host education fair

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Published: March 10, 2016

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (March 10, 2016) -- Students preparing for college can get a head start during the Fort Rucker Education Center Spring Fair March 17 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the center in Bldg. 4502.

“The event will inform the Fort Rucker community about available academic, vocational and certification programs,” Randy McNally, Fort Rucker education specialist, said. “There will be representatives from on-post and off-post institutions who are able to support Fort Rucker community members’ educational goals.”

According to McNally, 13 education programs will be represented at the events to help guide future college students in their decision making process.

“We will have all of the on-post academic institutions, educational programs representatives, and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs program representatives, Soldier for Life program representatives, Lurleen B. Wallace Community College representatives, Wallace Community College representatives, and Florida Institute of Technology representatives,” he said. “They will be providing information about their programs.

“Students should bring their whole family,” he added. “There should be fun and information for all members. Stop by the education fair and get informed. There are many different educational programs available to the Fort Rucker community. Our counselors will assist with funding programs and our testing office will assist with available tests that can help students in achieving their career or academic goals.”

McNally said the SFL representatives will provide excellent information and guidance for Soldiers and veterans.

“Soldier for Life is a very valuable program for families who are transitioning to civilian life,” he said. “We will have a higher education counselor available to answer any questions that families may have toward furthering their education after the military.”

Educational resources and opportunities will be the focal point of the fair, but McNally said other amenities will also be on tap.

“LBWCC will be providing facials and eyebrow waxing in support their esthetics program,” he said. “We are trying to have George Wallace Community College set up their welding truck to provide examples of their welding and we have other surprises in the works.”

Plotting a pathway to degree completion can be daunting, but McNally urges anyone who wishes to further their education to attend the fair and speak to a counselor.

“Talk to one of our counselors,” he said. “They can help you find available funding to assist in achieving you academic goals. There are a lot of scholarships available.”

Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided to attendees during the event.

The education center will also host a graduation ceremony May 13 to honor recent and future graduates.

“If anyone has graduated or is graduating in 2015 or 2016, they should contact the education center to join in on the fun,” McNally said. “We are all responsible for letting everyone know that it is possible to complete your educational goals while in or around the military. Stand up and be the example.”

For more information about the spring fair or graduation ceremony, call 255-2925.

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