Just got out and maybe wondering if going back to school is for you — maybe even lacking a little self-confidence about being the right material for a school of higher learning? Not sure how to best use your educational benefits? Confused about the process or the next step? You’ve served in the military, one of the hardest environments in which to survive even if you did not go into combat — and you’ve done it … what most could not. Wonder why? The U.S. military is one of the best trainers and educators in the world, second to none.
So … why not then take advantage of some of the finest educators and subject matter experts in the state to learn about how to train for civilian employment using your military skills, the GI Bill and other benefits. Why not learn how to use every ounce of your benefits to your advantage and not someone else’s; why not learn from others who are and have just gone through the school on what to look out for, tips and traps. Why not learn about what jobs are in demand in the Lehigh Valley if you intend to remain here after schooling; why not get to know the schools and trade schools in the area; and why not just figure out — plain and simple — if school is the right fit for you?
Amazingly, all this can be done (or the journey started) on a pleasant Saturday afternoon in one place because the second LVMAC Veterans Education Fair is about to occur. Conducted through the joint efforts of its Academics for Veterans alliance, the event will be held on 7 November at Northampton Community College starting at 1 p.m. (registration begins at 12 p.m.). Click here to register now, before you forget.
The event is open to all veterans seeking an education and their families. It is a free event. It is not a job fair — do not come for that reason. Special speakers, who know their subject area and can present in a concise manner, have been engaged; and the instruction is mindful of your point of view. Even better, a moderated student panel discussion will give you the student veteran’s perspective of what to expect, what to know, what to avoid. Finally, all of the key institutions of higher learning in the valley will be there to explain what they can do for you (without the “bull”), except Cedar Crest and Lafayette colleges and Lehigh University at this time.
Why are we doing this? For one thing, the first event held on 28 February was a resounding success — but more importantly, Academics for Veterans is honestly committed to trying to ensure your educational benefits are used wisely in the pursuit of employment and your transition to the “outside” is successful.
As of 16 October 2015