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Tuesday, Nov. 08, 2011

ACES puts on college fair for Soldiers, vets

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More than 12 colleges were on hand Thursday at the Main Post Exchange to advise Soldiers on taking advantage of educational benefits and continuing education during the Army Continuing Education System college fair.

Shannon Gardner, education services specialist, likened the twice-a-year event to a one-stop-shop for those interested in learning more about various colleges such as Ashford College, University of Maryland, Central Texas College and University of Georgia, Terry College of Business, all of had representatives at the event.

“Instead of having to go from college to college — if they want to have a face to that organization — then this is their chance to go talk face-to-face with somebody about the opportunities they have and (to) fulfill their education (needs),” said Melanie Frees, on-site coordinator.

Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Lurker said he came across the ACES college fair by chance. With 19 years of military experience in the medical field and an associate degree, he was looking to further his education after he retires. “I (found) out about all of these nursing opportunities that I never knew about before,” he said.

In addition to hosting the college fair, ACES also has a center for academic and military testing and a learning center, which includes the basic skills education program.

“We’re there to help Soldiers use their tuition assistance that they have available to them,” Gardner said. “It’s all about education … getting a Soldier more education so they can do better in their careers … their personal lives — whatever goal it is they want to achieve.”

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