Workshop to explore military families’ educational needs

North Dakota National Guard Public Affairs
Courtesy Story

Date: 04.13.2012
Posted: 04.13.2012 09:19
News ID: 86705

FARGO, N.D. — A two-day workshop next week in Wahpeton, N.D., will address educational needs of military-connected families. The Living in the New Normal Institute: Helping Children Thrive Through Good and Challenging Times will outline specific community resources, deployment information and practical strategies for encouraging resilience in all children.

The institute will take place April 19-20 at the Baymont Inn and Suites in Wahpeton, N.D. It’s sponsored by the North Dakota National Guard’s Service Member and Family Support program and provided by the Military Child Education Coalition, a nonprofit organization that addresses the educational needs of military-connected families. The Coalition is accredited through the International Association for Continuing Education and Training and the National Board for Certified Counselors and Affiliates Inc., along with many state professional development agencies.

While the course is free, participants can earn 1.2 continuing education units for $25 or one hour of graduate credit from Texas A&M University – Central Texas for $175. The fees are payable at the end of training, and 95 percent of the course must be attended to receive credit.

For more information, contact Myriam Virellad at 254-953-1923 or myriam.virella@MilitaryChild.org or Beth Sandeen, North Dakota National Guard Youth Services Program coordinator, at 701-451-6109 or beth.sandeen1@us.army.mil.

WHAT: Living in the New Normal Institute: Helping Children Thrive Through Good and Challenging Times

WHO: Sponsored by the North Dakota National Guard, funded by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and provided by the Military Child Education Coalition

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 19-20, 2012

WHERE: Baymont Inn and Suites, 1800 Two Ten Drive, Wahpeton, N.D.

MEDIA: Contact Beth at 451-6109 to arrange coverage and interviews.
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Since the 2001 terrorist attacks on America, the North Dakota National Guard has mobilized more than 3,800 Soldiers and more than 1,800 Airmen in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Currently, nearly 300 North Dakota Guardsmen are serving overseas while more than 4,000 remain in the state for emergency response and national defense. For every 10,000 citizens in North Dakota, 65 serve in the North Dakota National Guard, a rate that’s more than four times the national average.