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JBLM Education Fairs

Education fairs offer ways to get a start

Northwest Guardian

Published: 10:45AM June 11th, 2018

Northwest Guardian / 2017

Bates Technical College’s Joe Ramiero, left, and Daniel Huges, center, speak with Army specialist Trevor Goodrich about various fields of study during an education fair hosted by Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Stone Education Center in 2017.

Upcoming Fairs

2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Lancer Consolidated Dining Facility on Lewis North, June 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Service Member and Family Assistance Center, on Lewis Main, Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Whether one is dreaming of a career in education or hoping to educate himself, the upcoming Joint Base Lewis-McChord education fairs will offer some ins and outs of the process and counseling to help one get started.

Each of the fairs is progressively bigger and offers more insight into what’s available, according to Nicole Cabral, college coordinator for the David L. Stone Education Center on Lewis Main.

“The first few are more community outreach leading up to the big one in November, where there will be not only the eight schools already on base but also off (base) and out of state colleges,” Cabral said.

The events are for service members, spouses, family members and more.

“Anyone with base access is welcome,” Cabral said.

According to Cabral, there are several educational grants available for service members and spouses. Information on some of those opportunities will be highlighted at the events.

Upcoming education fairs are scheduled at the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division’s Lancer Consolidated Dining Facility on Lewis North June 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; and at the other fair will be at the Service Member and Family Assistance Center on Lewis Main Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A third “bigger and better” education fair will be scheduled somewhere on the installation during the second week of November, which is American Education Week, Cabral said.

In addition to representatives from colleges and universities, some organizations that help transitioning service members will be at the event. One such group is Troops to Teachers.

According to the Troops to Teachers website, it’s important to hire service members for instructional positions because those prior military members are adaptable and a natural fit for the classroom, increase employment retention rates, provide diversity among teaching staff and relieve critical need shortages.

But, whether or not someone has their heart set on becoming an educator, the events will be beneficial to anyone hoping to go to college, Cabral said.

“There will be a lot of information available, and this is a great way to get started,” she said.

For more information on the education fairs, call Cabral at 253-967-2208.