News: Marines further education at Career Expo
Story by Lance Cpl. Dominic Smarra
BARSTOW, Calif. — Searching for a career after honorably serving in the military can be stressful and tedious
To ease the transition, Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow hosted its annual Career and Education expo at McCarver Hall, April 26.
Bringing companies and colleges together enables people to network resources and figure out what they want to do and what the best route to achieve that goal would be. This job fair focused on military members who are ready to transition, as well as base employees and military spouses. More than 20 kiosks helped explain positions that were available and other opportunities that the companies had to offer to patrons.
“Everyone transitions at some point,” explained Francis Villeme, education services officer aboard MCLB Barstow. “The career expo enables people to see what criteria businesses are looking for as well as the ability to apply for college.”
The career and education expo, as Villeme explained, serves to provide people with the best opportunities to be successful. With the skills that are gained through being in military service, service members do not always know what can and cannot be used toward something like a degree or a job. When someone speaks with a representative for a college or a potential employer, they often realize that there is a certain skill set that they already possess, or did not know they could apply their knowledge toward a degree or toward a specific career field.
The vendors at the career expo displayed the jobs or colleges they worked for and the benefits that come with that institution. Several vendors had prior military service, therefore, they had a better understanding of how to help the service members by explaining how their Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript or (SMART) can be used.
“We love helping military members,” said Fabiola Hurtado De Mendoza, education coordinator with American Military University. “It’s nice to be able to show people how to use what they have already learned to do something they enjoy or want to do. We are very familiar with the way military education works and it’s great to be able to show people how to take advantage of the things they have at their disposal.”
Doing Marine Corps Institute courses is a simple way for Marines to gain some college credits as well as helping Marines in their specific job field, explained Villeme. The goal of the career and education expo is to show people what opportunities are available to them, to help them become more successful in the military and civilian sector.
“It allows people to step into the job field with their eyes wide open,” explained Villeme.
Career and Education expo’s like this bring a mass amount of information about various opportunities to one place, helping service members who are looking to transition to civilian life much easier, he concluded.
For more information on education services, contact Francis Villeme at 760 577-6118.