Education Questions Answered during DoD’s Virtual Education Fair

Education can do many things… it can open doors, increase your knowledge and help provide opportunities you didn’t know existed. But questions often keep us from pursuing an education. Questions like…

What do I really want to do with my life?

How do I start?

Where do I go?

How do I pay for it?

Well, we have some answers for you! The Department of Defense Voluntary Education Program is hosting its second pilot Virtual Education Fair on Thursday, August 11, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time), for that very reason – to answer education questions.

The Defense Department is committed to making higher education more accessible to service members, veterans and family members. The online fair is designed to enable participation from anywhere in the world. That’s right. The fair offers easy on-line access to information necessary for you to reach your individual education goals and you can attend from anywhere in the world.

The online platform offers a no-pressure atmosphere for you to discuss education programs, support services and affordable education options, with more than 40 academic institutions and government organizations. You’ll receive information on what to expect during the college application process, from the beginning and beyond.

And guess what? Unique to this fair is the introduction of the new Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Career and Technical Education (CTE) certificate opportunities. This program is designed to help service members get the necessary skills and education credentials for high demand career and technical fields while on active-duty. Your future matters and these new opportunities will help many members get a head-start on second careers after separating or retiring from military service.

During the fair, representatives from schools and government organizations will be available via live chat to offer informative, pressure-free discussions with members to learn about the following topics:

  • Academic institutions partnering with the Defense Department to deliver quality education and easy credit transfer opportunities
  • Financial aid options to help defray the cost of a post-secondary education
  • Degree and certificate program opportunities
  • Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits
  • Credentialing opportunities
  • Tuition and fee information

Registration is required to participate, so go to www.dodeducationfair.com to register from now until August 11, 2016. Advance and day-of registration is quick and anonymous, asking only for a username, location, e-mail, major interest, education level and how participants heard about the education fair.

We also want to make sure you connect! So, during the fair, participants are encouraged to use their mobile devices, if unable to access the event via government computers. SEE YOU THERE!!

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Kirstin Savage

Kirstin Savage serves as the command customer service specialist for the Communications Division and develops and delivers multimedia outreach products. With more than 20 years of service in the DANTES Examinations Program and Troops to Teachers, she was awarded the CCME William E. Kennedy Award in 2012 for her superior efforts. From Washington State, she is a cooking enthusiast and enjoys family, friends and traveling.