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LUNCH & LEARN

The Education Center is providing a Career Management Lunch & Learn series that is focusing on resumes, company research and interview techniques. From 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., university professorrs will provide valuable information on career management in Room 113 of the Education Center, Bldg. 1141.

Because lunch will be provided, please call ahead to RSVP, 719-574-7562 or 719-556-4996.

April 12 – Resume Writing

April 17 – Company Research

April 24 – Interview Techniques.

 

RETAKE YOUR EXAM FOR FREE!

Between March 13 and April 30, 2017, military servicemember students who have not passed their first attempt at an exam will be eligible for one FREE retake. Click here for the flier.

It’s an exceptional opportunity to more forward with your education, one that’s made better because we are also reducing the standard retake wait period from 90 days to 30 days. This promotion does not apply to the Principles of Public Speaking exam.

Check the DANTES funding guide to  verify eligibility. If you do not pass your first attempt at an exam, you will receive a voucher code via email within a few days. At the time of retest, provide the voucher code.

Voucher codes must be redeemed by June 30, 2017. Once you’ve made the decision to retake the exam, we encourage you to take the next step by reviewing exam content outlines and Peterson’s FREE test preparation materials.

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NEW COURSES

The Education Center is excited to offer these new courses in April, May and June.

For more information and to sign up, call 719-556-4996 or email us at 21fss.fsde@us.af.mil.

April schedule:

April 4 @ 9:30-11 a.m.–What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
April 11 @ 1 p.m.—Career Skills Program/Skills Bridge Information Session
April 25 @ 9-11:30 a.m.—Funding Your Education

May schedule:

May 9 @ 9:30 a.m.—Post 9/11 GI Bill Education Benefits Briefing
May 10 @ 10-11:30 a.m.–What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
May 17-18 @ 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.—TGPS; call 719-556-4996 to register.
May 24 @ 9-11:30 a.m.—Funding Your Education

June schedule

June 6 @ 9:30 a.m.—Post 9/11 GI Bill Education Benefits Briefing
June 7 @ 10-11:30 a.m.—What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
June 14-15 @ 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.—TGPS; call 719-556-4996 to register.
June 21 @ 9-11:30 a.m.—Funding Your Education
June 27 @ 9 a.m.-2 p.m.—High School to Higher Education; call 719- 556-4996 to register.

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

Do you have the feeling you are in the wrong career field but are unsure what new careers to explore?  Are you just starting out and are overwhelmed by career options? Do you want in on the secret to improved job satisfaction?  In this 90-minute session we explore personality type and how

it relates to career choice and career satisfaction.  Job satisfaction depends on matching your career and work environment to your preferred personality traits.  During this session we will take a short personality assessment, explore the results, and investigate resources which will help you discover career fields based on your assessment results.

For more information or to sign up for this session, contact the Peterson Education Center at 719-556-4996 or email 21fss.fsde@us.af.mil.

Funding Your Education

This briefing is for you if you are a student using Tuition Assistance and haven’t yet explored other funding opportunities to limit out of pocket costs or if you have a dependent going off to college soon.

We will have a special briefer from the TRIO program offering an in-depth briefing on all things educational funding related such as, Federal Financial Aid, Scholarships, and grants.  This will be followed by a briefing to help you understand the details of your GI Bill benefits so you can make the most of that benefit. 

High School to Higher Education

This course is designed for high school students (and their parents) who are college bound.  We begin by offering an assessment to help students match their choice of college major and career goals to personality type in order to achieve greater satisfaction.  We then offer information on the college search and application process from cradle to grave.  A detailed Financial Aid Briefing exploring FAFSA, scholarships, and grants will be given.  At the conclusion of the session, a GI Bill briefing will be offered for those who have transferred VA education benefits to dependents.  

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For more information about any of these courses and to sign up, call 719-556-4996 or email us at 21fss.fsde@us.af.mil.

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SCHOLARSHIPS

Here are four scholarship opportunities, each with an April 30, 2017 application deadline.

(1) Rocky Mountain Chapter Women in Defense (WID) Regional Scholarship Program – Deadline April 30, 2017

The Chapter plans to award two $1,000 scholarships in the Spring of 2017 for the 2017/2018 school year. (The $1000 Scholarship will be distributed $500 each for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 Semesters.) Scholarship applications are due by April 30, 2017 with winners announced by June 15, 2017.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria. No exceptions will be considered.

  1. High school senior, undergraduate college student, or graduate college student
  2. Accepted or enrolled in an accredited university or college pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering, or math disciplines (STEM)
  3. Demonstrate leadership potential in science, technology, engineering, or math
  4. Have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 for high school seniors, 3.0 for college students
  5. Be a woman
  6. Reside in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area (includes Pueblo, Denver, Woodland Park and surrounding communities)
  7. Be a citizen of the United States

Selection Criteria

Awards will be based on eligibility requirements stated above in addition to consideration of the following areas:

  1. Employment (3 points) – is the student employed, is the job relevant to the degree, number of hours worked compared with school load
  2. Awards and Honors (3 points) – type of awards and honors
  3. Activities (3 points) – relevance of extracurricular, professional, and community activities
  4. Essay (5 points) – how the applicant demonstrates leadership potential in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
  5. Academic Ability (3 points) – level and relevancy of classes being taken and associated grades
  6. Letters of Recommendation (3 points) – recommendations based on accomplishments and career goals

Fields of Study

The following fields of study are preferred for awarding scholarships: science, computer science, physics, engineering, mathematics, and homeland security. Other disciplines will be considered if the applicant can successfully demonstrate relevance to a career in the areas of national security and defense.

Deadline, Application, Notification

Applicants should submit their application packages (application, essay, recommendations, transcripts) by regular mail to: Rocky Mountain Chapter Women in Defense (WID) Regional Scholarship Application c/o Amily Beidelman-Almy, PO Box 75062, Colorado Springs, CO 80970.

Applicant is responsible for ensuring application package is complete and postmarked no later than April 30, 2017.

The application, which contains detailed instructions, may be downloaded from the Rocky Mountain Chapter WID website – http://www.rockymountainwid.org/scholarships.asp.

If you have questions regarding the application process, you may contact the Scholarship Committee Director: Amily Beidelman-Almy, amily.beidelman.almy@gmail.com.

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(2) Mike and Gail Donley Spouse Scholarship – Deadline April 30, 2017

Description – This is a scholarship awarded to spouses of AF Active Duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, or Department of the Air Force Civilian employees. Each year the AFA awards two scholarships in the amount of $2500. This is a great opportunity to support our local Air Force communities so make sure you spread the word to bases in your area! Application page – https://www.afa.org/informationfor/teachers/scholarshipsteachers/donleyspousescholarship

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(3) Colonel Aaron Burgstein Memorial Scholarship – Deadline – April 30, 2017

Description – This is a scholarship awarded to minor dependents of Active Duty, retired, or prior service members of all branches, reservists, or National Guard members who are/will be pursuing a 2 or 4 year degree. Each year the AFA awards one scholarships in the amount of $1000.  Again, this is a great opportunity to support our local Air Force communities so make sure you spread the word to bases in your area! Application page – https://www.afa.org/informationfor/teachers/scholarshipsteachers/burgstein

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(4) Colonel Loren J and Mrs Lawona R Spencer Scholarship – Deadline – April 30, 2017

Description – This is a scholarship awarded to Air Force personnel, to include Active Duty, Air Force civilians, full time National Guard, and full time Reservists, who are pursuing a graduate degree in management and administration fields in preparation for senior level leadership roles. Each year the AFA awards at least one scholarships in the amount of $5000.  Once again, this is a great opportunity to support our local Air Force communities.

Application page – https://www.afa.org/informationfor/teachers/scholarshipsteachers/spencer

Plus one more. This one is just for Air Force Club members –

Air Force Clubs Scholarship Program – Submit entry March 1 – May 12, 2017. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $7,000. For more information, visit www.myairforcelife.com/clubs/Scholarship-2017

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The Education Center is here to meet the educational and students-teacher-at-computers-200pxlsvocational needs of active duty personnel and their adult family members. For more information, call 719-556-4996.

  • College and Career Counseling
  • Tuition Assistance for Active Duty Military and Department of Defense Civilian Employees
  • CCAF Counseling
  • Testing Services
  • GI Bill Benefit Information
  • Commissioning Program Guidance

EDUCATION CENTER OFFICE HOURS

Monday – Friday 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Closed on 21st Space Wing family days and federal holidays.

TESTING SCHEDULE:

Monday – DLPT/DLAB at 8:30 a.m.; PME at 1 p.m.
Tuesday – DLPT/DLAB at 8:30 a.m.; PME at 1 p.m.;
Wednesday – CDC at 8:30 a.m.; FAA at 1 p.m.
Thursday – DLPT/DLAB at 8:30 a.m.; PME at 1 p.m.
Friday – DLPT/DLAB at 8:30 a.m.
UTA Saturday – CDC/PME at 1 p.m.
UTA Sunday – CDC/PME at 9 a.m.

Testing: Email 21FSS.FSDE.TEST
UTA Testing:  Email 302 FSS/DPMT

FAA TESTING

Our Education Center is fully certified as an FAA testing site. Airframe and Powerplant testing is offered every Wednesday at 2 p.m. If you are interested in testing, send your request to 21FSS.FSDE.TEST.

Click here for DANTES Provides Faster Exams Reimbursement Process.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Do you need a math class for your CCAF? MAT-110A Math Concepts, a five week CCAF approved math class, meets on Wednesdays from 5-9 p.m. starting on February 15, 2017 and ending on March 15, 2017 at the Peterson AFB Education Center. For more information or to enroll in this course, please call 719-596-9235.
  • Post-9/11 GI Bill Briefings – 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 14, and again on April 11, 2017. Learn more about the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Topics covered include eligibility criteria for the bill, the transfer to dependents option, payment amounts, comparison to the Montgomery GI Bill, and more.
  • Initial Tuition Assistance (TA) Briefing – 2:30 p.m. every Tuesday. Required for all first-time TA users. Additionally, any personnel who have not pursued their education in the last year are now required by AFI 36-2649 to have a follow-up counseling. This briefing fulfills the requirement.
  • Transition Goals Planning Success (T-GPS) Achieving Higher Education Track – 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday & Thursday, March 15 & 16, and again April 12-13, 2017. Separating or retiring from the military and thinking about going back to school? This two-day program guides you through the variety of decisions involved such as choosing a degree program and college institution, funding considerations, and the admissions process. To sign up, send an email to 21fss.fsde@us.af.mil.
  • Enlisted Commissioning Program Briefing – If you are interested in becoming an officer, this is a great starting point to gain a high-level overview of the major programs for enlisted personnel to commission. From 2-3 p.m. Monday, March 13, and again April 10, 2017. Please reserve a spot via the Team Pete Professional Development Center SharePoint site.

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