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NEWS | Nov. 3, 2006

Education center hosts annual education fair

By Tech. Sgt. Paul Kilgallon 437th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The Charleston AFB Education and Training Center here, is hosting its annual Education Fair 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 8 at the education center. Participating schools include Embry-Riddle, American Military, Trident Tech, Park, Southern Illinois, South Carolina and many more. 

The education fair allows military members, dependents and other guests to explore all the associate, bachelor and master degree programs from more than the 20 universities participating in the event. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to view the educational programs from each of the participating universities and be able to speak with representatives from each school. 

"The goal of the education fair is to let people know about the educational opportunities available in the Charleston area," said Diana Roebuck, 437th Mission Support Squadron, education and training flight chief. "This fair will allow the men and women of Team Charleston the opportunity to see what's available on base and show them the educational opportunities available both on and off the installation." 

According to Mrs. Roebuck, there are currently more than 2,500 members of Team Charleston enrolled in the Community College of the Air Force who are either not actively taking classes or are within five courses of having their CCAF degree. 

"This is who we are trying to reach. We want to show Team Charleston the services and programs available and how to take advantage of the counseling services available at the education center," she said. 

In addition to viewing the programs offered by each school, those in attendance will have the chance to win prizes donated by the attending school. Door prizes include mugs, t-shirts, carryall bags, folding beach chairs and leather portfolios. 

"Our goal here at the education center is to give every Airman exposure to the degree programs available so they may progress further in their personal and professional lives," said Kevin Tripplet, 437 MSS, education and training flight supervisor. "We have the programs and the staff available to allow students to open that door of opportunity to get that degree or to get that job when they get out. All they have to do is come in and see what is available."