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Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013

Letter to the Editor: Soldiers should take advantage of ACAP

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All Soldiers, regardless of rank and length in service, have to return to civilian life. This is no small task. Transitioning from the military, particularly after years of service, includes numerous life changes that can be even more challenging without preparation.

The Fort Benning Army Career and Alumni Program provides the required support to military members and their Families for a smooth and successful transition from active duty to civilian life. Based on forecasts by the Center on Education and the workforce, by 2018, approximately 63 percent of all jobs in the United States will require some kind of additional education following high school. According to the same report, by 2018, 58 percent of jobs in Georgia will require postsecondary education.

Numerous military professionals realize that they have to further their education and upgrade or update their skills in order to become more marketable. This is precisely why many ACAP alumni continue to register for classes and programs at Columbus Technical College.

Columbus Technical College is committed to help Soldiers and Families in transition continue their education, upgrade their skills, get hired, and ultimately, be part of a work-ready job force. Skills and education obtained through the college are transferable to virtually anywhere in the world. Furthermore, the college has been identified as a military-friendly school for 2014, and offers VA, TA, MyCAA, scholarships and many other tuition assistance options.

The college has been part of the tricity area for more than 50 years, and offers technical certificates of credit, diplomas and degrees in more than 90 programs from six schools. They are: health sciences, professional and technical services, business, nursing, general studies and sciences.

Columbus Technical College excellence in education has resulted in job placement and continuing postsecondary education rates as high as 100 percent. Offering the latest in technology, classes are being taught by faculty members with extensive experience in the real world and who focus on both theory and hands-on teaching.

For more information on the Fort Benning ACAP center, visit www.acap.army.mil or call 706-545-2308 or 706-545-2309. For more information on Columbus Technical College, visit us in Soldiers Plaza, Building 2613, contact Tamika McKenzie at 706-256-0843 or tmckenzie@columbustech.edu or Admissions at 706-649-1847 or admissions@columbustech.edu. Registration for spring semester continues through Jan. 7.

Any Columbus Technical College class or program, represents a high-value, affordable investment that prepares Soldiers, veterans, and their Family members for the next chapter in their lives. Columbus Technical College has, and always will support ACAP and our military.

— Retired Lt. Col. Jose M. Marrero Columbus Technical College’s director of Special Projects

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