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Senior Airman Alan Daniels, 11th Medical Group cardiopulmonary lab technician, speaks with Bill Snow from Regent University during an education fair at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 16, 2018. At each booth, prospective students learned about topics such as admissions processes, degree programs and school offerings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abby L. Richardson)

Senior Airman Alan Daniels, 11th Medical Group cardiopulmonary lab technician, speaks with Bill Snow from Regent University during an education fair at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 16, 2018. At each booth, prospective students learned about topics such as admissions processes, degree programs and school offerings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abby L. Richardson)

Representatives from a variety of colleges and universities work at booths to answer prospective student’s questions during an education fair at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 16, 2018. The fair gave anyone with base access the chance to talk to representatives from over 30 colleges and universities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abby L. Richardson)

Representatives from a variety of colleges and universities work at booths to answer prospective student’s questions during an education fair at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 16, 2018. The fair gave anyone with base access the chance to talk to representatives from over 30 colleges and universities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abby L. Richardson)

An education fair informational poster is placed outside The Club at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 16, 2018. Over 30 colleges and universities were represented at the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abby L. Richardson)

An education fair informational poster is placed outside The Club at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 16, 2018. Over 30 colleges and universities were represented at the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abby L. Richardson)

Airman 1st Class Emily Gaster, 11th Medical Group cardiopulmonary lab technician, speaks with Chris McCollor from Southern New Hampshire University during an education fair at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 16, 2018. Prospective students were able to walk between the booths set up by the different schools and have one-on-one conversations with representatives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abby L. Richardson)

Airman 1st Class Emily Gaster, 11th Medical Group cardiopulmonary lab technician, speaks with Chris McCollor from Southern New Hampshire University during an education fair at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 16, 2018. Prospective students were able to walk between the booths set up by the different schools and have one-on-one conversations with representatives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abby L. Richardson)

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. -- Sifting through countless college websites and admissions brochures can be time-consuming. With all of the choices available to those seeking higher education, choosing the right school can seem like a daunting task.

The 11th Force Support Squadron’s education office helped navigate this process by hosting an education fair here Aug. 16.

“The education fair is a great way for us to bring in a lot of the schools throughout the U.S. and have their representatives here and have them be available for all of our base population,” said Kimberly Clemmons, 11th Force Support Squadron education services specialist.

The fair gave anyone with base access, interested in earning a degree or continuing education, a chance to talk to representatives from over 30 colleges and universities.

“They’re getting a broad stroke of different types of colleges and universities and programs that are out there, so they can go out and fulfill their goals of their education,” Clemmons said.

Prospective students wandered between booths set up by the different schools and took advantage of the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with representatives.

At each booth, potential students learned about topics such as admissions processes, degree programs and school offerings.

“Before I came here I did a little bit of research on who I wanted to talk to,” said Airman 1st Class Emily Gaster, 11th Medical Group cardiopulmonary lab technician. “It’s just really convenient. I’m a face-to-face kind of person, so seeing people and talking to them is easier.”

Gaster hopes to start taking classes while working as an active-duty Airman and was glad to find the information she needed at the fair.
“I learned that going to school is going to be easier than I thought it’d be in the military,” Gaster said.

For Clemmons, Gaster’s experience at the event was a goal attained.

“I know when I was starting the college process, I worried that I couldn’t hack it,” said Clemmons. “I just hope the Airmen can come out and speak with the representatives. [That they can] walk in the door and be like, ‘yeah, this is doable.”

For anyone who seeks assistance in higher learning, the education center is available to help. They offer a full range of services, such as providing college-search resources and guidance about accessing tuition assistance. For more information, call the education center at 301-981-6377.
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