Marines, sailors navigate education opportunities

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar / 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
Story by Lance Cpl. Erica Kirsop

Date: 03.20.2012
Posted: 03.26.2012 13:26
News ID: 85800
Marines, sailors navigate education opportunities

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – More than 50 education facilities were represented during the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Spring Education Fair hosted by the Lifelong Learning Center aboard MCAS Miramar, Calif., March 20. <br /> <br /> Technical schools, colleges and universities offered enrollment and information packets for online and in-class options to service members during the four-hour exhibition. <br /> <br /> This semiannual education fair provided a central location for Marines and sailors to learn of education opportunities they may not have known about such as information on schooling, tuition assistance, GI Bill use and degree options. <br /> <br /> “The [fair] is great because I get to look at the general studies programs for different schools,” said Pfc. Jeremy G. Torres, a field wireman with Marine Wing Support Squadron 373 and a Glendale, Calif., native. “I don’t know exactly what I want, but this is cool because I can check out online courses too.” <br /> <br /> Prospective students were able to enroll on-site for courses and colleges in attendance. With as many as 400 service members visiting each education fair, the schools simplified much of the paperwork process for convenience. <br /> <br /> “Everyone here is so easy to talk to,” said Cpl. Daniel Rios, a field wireman with MWSS-373 and a Dixon, Calif., native. “[Information] is upfront, really easy to understand and [simple] to get started. I can get the information I need and even enroll if I see something I like.”<br /> <br /> The MCAS Miramar Spring Education Fair helped Marines and sailors navigate the sometimes exhausting process of understanding the education opportunities that are available to them as active-duty personnel.