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CHIPS Articles: DoD Voluntary Education offering Virtual Education Fair Nov. 19

DoD Voluntary Education offering Virtual Education Fair Nov. 19
By Ed Barker, Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center Public Affairs - November 16, 2015
PENSACOLA, Fla. – As part of an effort to expand the reach of military Voluntary Education (VOLED) and help make higher education accessible for all service members, veterans and family members, the Department of Defense Voluntary Education Program will host its first online Virtual Education Fair Nov. 19.

The online fair is designed to enable members’ participation from anywhere in the world, helping them get a head-start on the information needed to reach their education goals.

The Military Evaluations Program Manager for the Defense Activity for Non Traditional Education Support (DANTES), Taheesha Quarells said this inaugural online education fair will serve as a pilot for future events and offers several advantages over local education fairs.

“We wanted the virtual education fair to act as a force multiplier, working in conjunction with the services’ education centers to offer service members a greater variety of school options,” said Quarells. “Each of the 43 schools participating in this fair have both online and face-to-face programs, and are currently members of the Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC) Degree Network System (DNS). SOC DNS schools have simplified credit transfers and reduced residency requirements making it easier for students to complete degree requirements.”

Registration is required to participate, but takes only a few minutes and is anonymous, asking only for a unique username, location, e-mail, major interest, education level and how participants heard about the fair. Advance and day-of registration for the virtual education fair is available through: https://dodeducationfair.com/signup.html.

Representatives from participating schools will be available via live chat from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST to accommodate different time zones. The fair is designed to offer an informative, pressure-free experience, where members can learn about:

• Schools having a signed agreement with the Department of Defense to provide a quality education to service members and military spouses
• Financial aid options to help defray the cost of your education
• Degree and certificate program offerings
• Cost of Tuition and Fees
• Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits

During and after the fair, several prerecorded video information sessions will be available, including: Top high-growth career fields and degrees; Resources for choosing a school; and Bridging education and credentialing. Information from schools participating in the fair will be accessible online after the event as well.

One unique aspect of the virtual education fair is participation of education counselors representing each branch of the armed forces, offering real-time counseling during the fair.

“All of the services have unique rules, requirements and policies regarding Tuition Assistance, education plans and credit transfer options,” said Dr. Deborah Harris-Sims, manager of special projects for Navy VOLED. “During the online fair, service counselors will be able to explain and clarify any misconceptions that service members may have about education benefits and get answers that are accurate for their particular service branch.”

Quarells added that rarely will service members and their families find so many resources in one place and the virtual education fair is perfect for those who might not have an educational support office nearby.

“Depending on their location, it can be challenging for service members to find answers to their education questions quickly,” she said. “During the virtual education fair, not only will they be able to speak with someone from DANTES or a counselor from their service, but they will also be able to chat live and get real-time answers from Federal Student Financial Aid and post-9/11 GI Bill representatives.”

For additional information about the DoD Voluntary Education Virtual Education Fair, visit: http://www.dodeducationfair.com.

PENSACOLA, Fla. (Nov. 6, 2015) The DoD Voluntary Education Fair Banner.  Questions about the banner or the Virtual Education Fair or the banner may be directed to Navy VOLED PAO at 850-473-6007. U.S. Navy graphic
PENSACOLA, Fla. (Nov. 6, 2015) The DoD Voluntary Education Fair Banner. Questions about the banner or the Virtual Education Fair or the banner may be directed to Navy VOLED PAO at 850-473-6007. U.S. Navy graphic

https://dodeducationfair.com/ scheduled for Nov. 19. The fair offers Sailors the opportunity to chat live with more than 40 college admission representatives and to connect with education counselors. The virtual education fair is in support of all of the services' voluntary education programs. U.S. Navy photo by Carla M. McCarthy '>Fla. (Nov. 4, 2015) Information Systems Technician Seaman Austin Tresner explores how to register online for the DoD Virtual Education Fair at <a href="https://dodeducationfair.com/" alt="https://dodeducationfair.com/ scheduled for Nov. 19. The fair offers Sailors the opportunity to chat live with more than 40 college admission representatives and to connect with education counselors. The virtual education fair is in support of all of the services' voluntary education programs. U.S. Navy photo by Carla M. McCarthy ' width='230'>
Fla. (Nov. 4, 2015) Information Systems Technician Seaman Austin Tresner explores how to register online for the DoD Virtual Education Fair at https://dodeducationfair.com/ scheduled for Nov. 19. The fair offers Sailors the opportunity to chat live with more than 40 college admission representatives and to connect with education counselors. The virtual education fair is in support of all of the services' voluntary education programs. U.S. Navy photo by Carla M. McCarthy
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