By Scott Prater | Mountaineer staff
FORT CARSON, Colo. — As most students hit the midway point of their summer, the Fort Carson Education Center is set to host its annual Education Fair.
Slated for July 18, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the sixth annual fair will open its doors at the William “Bill” Reed Special Events Center. The event will include more than 50 in- and out-of-state colleges and resource information displays, including Army Career Skills Programs as well as credentialing, licensing, apprenticeship and mentoring programs.
All organizations presenting information at the fair have been approved by the Army and are legitimate higher-learning establishments.
“Anyone who has access to the post is welcome and encouraged to attend the fair,” said Rebecca Schlecht, Fort Carson Education Center’s new education services officer. “Of course, we will have education counselors their and some … testing personnel to answer questions.”
Whether attendees are working toward there next promotion or attempting to determine their course of study, the event represents a solid chance for them to learn about tuition assistance, financial aid, Veterans Affairs benefits and continuing education opportunities.
“We hope people come in with an idea of what they want to pursue, but some may not,” Schlecht said. “So, seeing what schools and programs have to offer might help people figure out their educational or career path. With technology advancing so quickly, colleges and universities are building programs for those (career fields). Even if people have attended an education fair somewhere else, there might be something unique to Colorado or a new program that has recently become available that might pique their interest as something to pursue.”
Anna Jordan, the education center’s college programs manager, said this event is the largest fair of its kind in the state. More than 470 people attended last year.
Lunch will be offered from local food trucks on site and local radio station Magic FM will provide a special appearance.
Entertainment aside, Jordan explained that the most important feature of the fair is that it provides attendees with direct access to college and career program representatives.
“We want to assist as many people as possible as a way of increasing awareness on (how) the Fort Carson Education Center can help people navigate the process of accessing benefits as well as the various continuing education opportunities that are out there,” she said. “The fair is a great opportunity for people to find out about education benefits as well as the various continuing education opportunities available.”