In efforts to help the community, the Bragg Training and Education Center hosted their annual education fair at the Iron Mike conference center, May 15.

Education is an important key to gain strength, training and knowledge to become outstanding leaders in a work environment.

In efforts to help the community, the Bragg Training and Education Center hosted their annual education fair at the Iron Mike conference center, May 15.

“The Fort Bragg Education Center, the Army Continuing Education Services, we are both here to help current service members to utilize their tuition assistance, which is free schooling that’s available to them while they are in the service, which does not affect their G.I bill at all,” said Bragg Education Center guidance counselor Yaping Ligon. “But if they happen to be transitioning, we help them with that piece as well.”

The purpose of the fair was to provide Soldiers, Families and Fort Bragg civilians with a one-stop shop for learning about a wide variety of educational opportunities available.

Over 60 colleges from all over the United States participated in the education event. Individuals were able to walk around and talk face-to-face with different schools to get information or ask questions about any concerns that they may have.

“We host this event at least once a year,” said Ligon. “We try and bring about 70 schools from different states to Fort Bragg for our services members and the Fort Bragg community. During the fair, we have information briefings. The basic idea is to have everything here, everything accessible to the Soldiers and the community.”

During the conference, briefings such as Army Medical Recruiting Programs, Financial Aid and Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support, Green to Gold, ROTC and Troops to Teachers and Basic Law Enforcement Training for North Carolina, took place.

In addition, organizations such as Green to Gold and financial and veterans aid programs were on hand with information for participants.

Over 300 individuals attended this event, which was open to the community of Fort Bragg, including spouses, DOD card holders and individuals who work on the installation.

The purpose of the Bragg Training and Education Center is ACES’s mission to create and lead the Army’s premier education organization committed to excellence, innovation, and deploy ability. This program helps Soldiers complete different education tasks.

The center has a new system for Soldiers where they can book an appointment with a guidance counselor by visiting bookfbtec.timetap.com. Instead of going to the center and having to set up an appointment, this new resource is easier for a setup.

For more information, visit https://www.bragg.army.mil/index.php/my-fort-bragg/all-services/army-continuing-education-system or visit the office at 4520 Knox and Randolph streets.