The Bragg Training and Education Center has planned several activities to honor American Education Week, Nov. 13 to 17.
The week will kick off with the annual Fort Bragg Commencement Ceremony, Nov. 14, at 1 p.m. The ceremony gives graduates of local colleges and universities, as well as those who attended an online school or cannot make their college graduation, an opportunity to walk across the stage at the Iron Mike Conference Center and receive recognition for their accomplishments. The event is free and all service members and Families who have completed degrees can participate.
Following the ceremony, BTEC will host a reception to honor the graduates. Those interested in walking as a graduate must register at BTEC by Nov. 1.
On Nov. 15, the North Carolina Troops to Teachers program coordinator from Raleigh, North Carolina will present an informational briefing from 1 to 3 p.m. at BTEC.
Troops to Teachers is open to service members, National Guard members, and Reservists. The program provides these individuals a unique opportunity to put military skills to use in public schools.
During the briefing, interested service members can learn more about the teaching profession, the steps required to earn a teaching license and employment opportunities in public education, explained Yaping Ligon, guidance counselor, BTEC.
“(The program coordinator) will explain exactly how the licensure and education portion requirements work. There is assistance within that program to help (service members) get there,” she said.
No preregistration is required for the Troops to Teachers brief.
The week’s culminating event is BTEC’s annual Open House, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those who need to complete College Level Examination Program/DANTES Subject Standardized Test and Defense Language Aptitude Battery will have the opportunity at 10 a.m. Participants can preregister, but same-day registration is also available, according to Ligon.
At 10 a.m., a North Carolina certifying official will provide a brief on Veterans Affairs educational opportunities and the GI Bill.
“We feel that the biggest draw would be the Forever GI Bill, since it just got signed into law,” explained Ligon.
She said service members can learn how the changes will affect them and their Families during the brief.
The USO of NC mobile canteen will provide a free lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs and chips to attendees from noon to 1 p.m. In the afternoon, Soldiers can attend briefings about Army Medical Department educational opportunities and the Career Skills Program at Fort Bragg.
Ligon said the event is important for the community.
“We want to make everybody aware of the resources that are available here and American Education Week in general,” she explained. “The sacrifices that Soldiers have made in the past have meant less progress academically and they suffer down the road, but the goal of American Education Week is to bring more awareness to education and career opportunities.”
For more information, call BTEC at 396-6721 or visit the center, located at 4520 Knox St., Building 1-3571.