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September 6, 2013

Education Fair shows community higher learning opportunities

Soldiers speak with a representative from the Los Angeles Film School at the Fort Irwin Education Fair, Aug. 1.

 

The Fort Irwin Education Center held its annual Education Fair at the Fort Irwin Event and Catering Center, Aug. 1.

More than two hundred Soldiers, Family members and civilian employees attended the informational event, which featured representatives from various colleges and organizations that offer professional development opportunities. Institutes providing information included the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Park University, Army Family Team Building and Army ROTC.

One new attendee at the fair was the Los Angeles Film School, which offers degrees for those interested in careers with the entertainment industry. According to the college’s Web site, students can major in entertainment business, film, game production, computer animation and recording arts. The school is approved to train Veterans by the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education and is also approved for Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy and U.S. government tuition assistance through the Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding. It is also a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity College Consortium.

The Fort Irwin Education Center, located on the Corner of 3rd and F Streets, offers the Fort Irwin community many opportunities for career guidance and information on education programs. Services include: Army Personnel Testing, a Basic Skills Education Program, GI Bill informational briefings, college and career counseling, and Tuition Assistance/ Financial Aid information.

Special workshops, such as a Spouse’s Scholarship and High School-College Planning workshop are some of the events organized by the center during the year. Two on-post colleges, Park University and Barstow Community College, offer on-post and online courses and have partnered to offer a “2 + 2” program, enabling individuals to finish a degree while stationed at Fort Irwin.

Colleges, including those featured at the recent Education Fair, send representatives to the Education Center on a monthly basis, to meet with potential and ongoing students. The Education Center also has a resource room with scholarship and college resource materials, and a multi-use learning facility computer lab with internet access and print capability.

The following schools have arranged to visit the Education Center on a regular basis: Ashford University, American Military University, Azusa Pacific University, DeVry University, Grand Canyon University, Jones International University, Le Cordon Bleu, Phoenix University, Sonoran Desert Institute, Trident University and University of Maryland.

Classrooms used for on-site college classes can also be reserved for military and civilian training. We welcome you to stop by for a visit and talk with our staff about your education goals. The Center can give or arrange briefings tailored to your interests and needs, your unit, Family Readiness Group or community group.

All of this information, and more, including a calendar of events, can be found on the Fort Irwin website, www.irwin.army.mil. Select “Army Education Center” under the “Soldiers” or “Community” tabs, or access the Army Education Pages directly at http://bit.ly/IrwinEdCtr.




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