Starting Monday, the two-week long Fall Virtual Education Fair brings more than 25 colleges and universities to your computer or phone, without the need to take time off work or wait in line, according to TaMekii Clark-Warrington, the Education Service Specialist at Fort Belvoir’s Barden Education Center.
“The fair is to address Service members, and meet them at their needs,” said Clark-Warrington. “We were brainstorming on how we can still help them this fall. I wanted to bring everybody to one location and utilize our time the best that we could.”
She said there is already a great interest in the program, which will be conducted on MS Teams, with each school having a dedicated half-hour slot to meet students and connect for further guidance. The list includes local schools, such as Northern Virginia Community College, University of Maryland, Global College; George Mason University, Full Sail University’ American Military University and many more.
“For our population, this is great, because they don’t have time to break away from their active-duty responsibilities, and they can log in at a specific time to meet with the University of their choosing. With one-on-one time, you’re not waiting. The school reps are excited about this opportunity as well.” She said.
The participating schools were chosen because they are in high demand with the local Service members. Each school will explain the process for enrollment; testing; what tests are required; and whether enrollment is per semester or on a rolling basis.
Additionally, Army Credentialing Assistance has returned, with a brief on how Service members can enhance their skills and certifications. It can be MOS-related, academic-related, or civilian occupation-related. The fair will also be offering briefs on Green to Gold; Warrant Officer; and Veterans Education.
Clark-Warrington said this is all part of the HUB between Fort Belvoir, Fort Myers and Fort Meade, all working as one team. The fair is open to Service members, veterans and dependents.