• Events planned for Army Education Week

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    The first observance of Army Education Week was Dec. 4-10, 1921, with the National Education Association and the American Legion as co-sponsors. The U.S. Office of Education joined in 1922 and the Parent Teacher Association in 1923. Army Education Week began because NEA was “distressed that 25 percent of the country’s World War I draftees were illiterate and 9 percent were physically unfit,” prompting the NEA and the American Legion to “seek ways to generate public support for education,” according to the NEA official website.
    This year, Army Education Week will be celebrated nationwide Nov. 13-17 centering around the theme “Army Continuing Education – Achieving Academic Excellence While Serving.”
    “In 2017, Armywide, 88,000 soldiers took 299,000 college courses using $149 million tuition assistance dollars,” said Tom Kelly, education services officer, Fort Leavenworth Army Education Center. “At Fort Leavenworth in the same year, we had (more than 900) soldiers take (more than 3,000) college courses using $1.8 million TA dollars.”
    Fort Leavenworth offers college programs through Barton Community College, Upper Iowa University, Kansas State University, the University of Kansas, Central Michigan University and Webster University, Kelly said.
    These programs offer 16 credit hours per semester provided through tuition assistance each fiscal year to active-duty and Reserve soldiers.
    “Soldiers earn the GI Bill with their service (and) the GI Bill will pay up to 36 academic months of education,” Kelly said. “Once a soldier has six years in the Army, they can transfer their Post 9/11 GI Bill to their spouse or children. They must agree to stay in the Army an additional four years in order to transfer (it) to eligible family members.”
    Fort Leavenworth will be hosting three different informative sessions Nov. 15 at the Army Education Center. The first session on the GI Bill given by the education center staff is at 9 a.m., the second session on financial aid by BCC and Upper Iowa University is at noon, and the final session on GoArmyEd 101 by the education center staff is at 1 p.m. All sessions will be in room 9 of the Education Center. Colleges and universities will also be providing hot dogs, drinks and cookies along with information on their programs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Education Services Office. The sessions are targeted towards soldiers, veterans and their families, but all sessions are open to the public.
    Kelly said the Army has AEW every year, “to emphasize the importance of education in the Army. Education changes lives. Education helps us achieve our dreams.”
    For more information, contact Kelly at 684-2496 or e-mail thomas.l.kelly20.civ@mail.mil.
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