Education center to hosts higher ed fair

The Staff Sgt. Glenn H. English Jr., Army Education Center at 202 Bastogne Ave. will host a fair 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 29 to promote educational opportunities that are available to Soldiers and Families. This event is open to the Fort Campbell community, and masks are a requirement regardless of vaccination status. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from colleges and universities across the nation about their educational goals. For questions about the fair, or other services offered at the education center, call 270-798-3201. Pictured here are Maj. Jennifer Givens, right, and Julius R. Kelley III, who were discussing educational opportunities Nov. 20, 2018, during an education fair.

The Army Continuing Education System, or ACES, mission is to vigorously promote lifelong learning opportunities to sharpen the competitive edge of the Army by providing and managing quality self-development programs and services, and is committed to excellence in education service, innovation and deployability.

In the spirit of that mission, the Staff Sgt. Glenn H. English Jr., Army Education Center at 202 Bastogne Ave. will host a fair 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 29 to promote educational opportunities that are available to Soldiers and Families. This event is open to the Fort Campbell community, and masks are a requirement regardless of vaccination status.

Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from colleges and universities across the nation about their educational goals.

Rakida Sims, Army Education guidance counselor, said education is an important aspect of a Soldier’s development as a leader.

“The education center’s mission is centered on Soldier retention and readiness,” Sims said. “The programs and services offered by the education center assist Soldiers with promotion and preparedness by providing them with the necessary tools to continue to be leaders within the United States Army.”

There will be about 25 universities represented at the fair, which is valuable opportunity for Soldiers who are considering going to school to make informed decisions about their educational futures, Sims said.

“This is an opportunity to educate themselves on what colleges may be best for them or a Family member thinking about attending college,” she said. “Individuals will have the opportunity to ask questions and make side-by-side comparisons of schools and discover what may be the best fit for them.”

Sims hopes Soldiers will consider going to the education fair to see the different colleges and universities showcasing their programs, she said.

“The participating schools will have many degree and certificate programs of interest,” Sims said. “They can answer questions based on the Soldier’s or Family member’s education goals.”

Other educational agencies also will be present including Career Skills Program, Austin Peay State University Education Opportunity Center, Green to Gold and Army Medical Department Recruiting Program.

In addition to the fair the education center offers a variety of services including education counseling, tuition assistance, credentialing assistance, and education path and career guidance, as well as unit briefings, basic skills education program, or BSEP, Army personnel testing. The center also offers CLEP, DANTES and Pearson Vue testing, transition assistance, GI Bill and financial assistance information, and a computer lab that is open for public use.

For questions about the fair, or other services offered at the education center, call 270-798-3201.

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