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Vandenberg to hold education fair

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.--The Vandenberg education center hosted an education fair that allowed members of team Vandenberg to find out more about educational and career oppurtunities. Senior Airman Shaun Cooper used the fair as a chance to see how he can better himself through high education.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Wesley Carter)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- The Vandenberg education center is scheduled to host an education fair here Aug. 27. The fair will allow members of team Vandenberg to find out more about educational and career opportunities. Senior Airman Shaun Cooper used the fair in 2008 as a chance to see how he can better himself through higher education. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Wesley Carter)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg is scheduled to host the annual education fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the education center student lounge here Aug. 27.

More than 25 schools and institutions are scheduled to participate in the event.

The education center staff organizes similar education fairs here throughout the year as an approach to interest people in pursuing their educational goals.

"The education fair allows prospective students to interact with various schools that operate on base and around the world," said Amanda Jalomo, an education technician at the center here. "These schools provide future students on-base and distance-learning opportunities. The opportunities presented at the education fair will also provide a variety of avenues to the 100-percent tuition assistance program, Montgomery GI Bill and the new Post 9/11 GI Bill."

The education fair was specifically planned to benefit the Vandenberg community.

"The fair will deliver numerous educational sources for a variety of needs and interests at all levels of the base populace," Mrs. Jalomo said.

Military members, dependents, contractors and civilians will have options available for them to make the right decisions in the pursuit of managing their educational goals, Mrs. Jalomo said.

Vandenberg offers Airmen a wide variety of educational opportunities; however, it is up to the Airmen to put those opportunities to good use.

"Sometimes servicemembers get caught up in their mission or within their own personal lives and they lose sight of education," said Jennifer Hollmann, a University of La Verne assistant director. "I think it is especially important for active-duty members to realize they have a lot of money they can use on an annual basis with tuition assistance. It is a great benefit that not everyone is afforded. Various options for education are well publicized at Vandenberg; however, education somehow still gets overlooked."

Education fair coordinators have strategically planned to host the fair during lunch hours to accommodate for people who are working. They are expecting a large turnout at this year's event.

"The fair was very successful last year," Mrs. Hollmann said. "Several hundred people came to the fair last year. Airman Leadership School and First Term Airman Center classes also attended the event."

The education fair is open to everyone with base access. For more information, call Mrs. Jalomo at 605-5903 or Lydia Beatty at 605-5904.