News: College night offers new opportunities for students, service members
Story by Pfc. Jared Lingafelt
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - The Lejeune High School college and university night opened a door to higher education for attendees with more than 35 colleges and universities available to patrons at Lejeune High School aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Jan 13.
The college fair provided the opportunity for more than 100 patrons to meet with college representatives to gain information about their educational future.
“This is a good opportunity for me to see what is out there,” said Charles Buchanan, a freshman at Lejeune High School. “I want to find a program that will help me with a future in the military.”
Booths were set up to give attendees information, while college representatives shared their passion for higher education and the opportunities available for students and service members.
“For me, it’s all about giving young people options for their future education,” said Jerome Goodman, a representative of Jones International University. “We attend events all over the country, making sure young people invest in their educational future.”
Discovering what schools are available to the students and service members was not the only thing gathered from the event.
“Students can learn about how to pay for school, where they are able to go to school and how to be competitive and prepare themselves to get into college,” said Eric Steimel, the Lejeune High School principal.
Service members searching to expand their education found the college fair helpful as well.
“There are a good number of colleges here and a lot of people have very good information, said Capt. Leslie J. Seaton, an aviation supply officer with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 29. “I’m considering continuing on with a master’s degree, and the information I’m looking for is here.”
The college fair was designed for both high school students and those exiting the military.
“For the younger students, I really wanted them to learn how to talk with the college representatives and to broaden their horizons and see what is available to them,” said Samantha Kay, a teacher and coordinator for the advancement via individual determination program. “For the older students, I wanted them to see what scholarships and grants and different programs are available,” she added.
Helping students and service members obtain their educational goals is a priority for the education community, said Stiemel.
“I hope they can paint a clear vision of how they can go to school, how they can achieve their dreams and get the education that they want,” said Stiemel.
For more information, contact the base education office at 451-3091.
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