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The U.S. Army and National PTA Team up in Vegas—A Sure Bet for Student Success

Sep 25, 2017

The Paris Las Vegas Hotel was the backdrop for this year’s annual National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) conference where the theme, appropriately enough, centered on “winning”— using winning ideas, strategies and solutions to help students succeed. To increase their odds, the NPTA teamed up with the U.S. Army, a repeat sponsor at the annual conference. Both organizations share a commitment to the success, education and career-preparedness of America’s young people.

The National PTA Convention & Expo, held this year on June 22-24, brought together the nation’s most influential leaders in education, as well as parents and educators, to gain the knowledge and information to solve the toughest problems and create valuable tools for schools, families and students. Approximately 1,500 PTA members from across the country attended the weekend event where they had several opportunities to hear from and engage with Army leaders. 

Lieutenant Colonel Scott Apling, Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, speaks to PTA members at the Diversity & Inclusion Committee Breakfast.

On the first day of the conference, Major Hany Noureddine with the Los Angeles Recruiting Battalion, U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC) spoke to a crowd of approximately 100 PTA members (past and current PTA presidents) at the State Presidents’ Club Breakfast. He emphasized to the audience how the Army believes in lifelong education, with each Soldier in a constant state of learning, and he’s living proof—receiving his undergraduate degree from St. John’s University and two graduate degrees while serving.

Major Hany Noureddine, Los Angeles Recruiting Battalion, talks to a PTA state president after he addressed the crowd at the State Presidents’ Club Breakfast.

Leaders in the U.S. Army strongly believe that student success should never depend on the ability to afford or access expensive test prep programs. That’s why Barry Kowald, Education Services Specialist (ESS), USAREC, presented a workshop on March2Success as part of NPTA’s Rise and Shine Workshop series. March2Success is a free, online course designed to improve student performance on standardized tests while enhancing math, science and language arts skills. Kowald informed attendees how students can use this tool to prepare for state required exams and college entrance tests, including SAT and ACT. 

Beyond education and leadership opportunities, the Army is equally focused on diversity, enhancing its ability to operate globally with a culturally-astute force. Lieutenant Colonel Scott Apling, Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of Nevada Las Vegas Army ROTC, shared the Army’s diversity vision when he spoke to a crowd of approximately 150 PTA members at the Diversity & Inclusion Committee Breakfast. The audience heard numerous examples of the Army’s commitment to diversity, including when the Army graduated its first 10 female lieutenants from its Infantry Basic Officer Leadership Course in October 2016.

Soldiers engage with PTA members in the U.S. Army exhibit at the annual convention.

At its core, the U.S. Army is a training and education institution. In fact, the Army provides more funding for educational and leadership opportunities than any other institution in the country. Continued partnerships with national organizations like NPTA are critical to ensure our nation’s youth receive the best educational resources and support they need today to prepare them to be the leaders of tomorrow. 

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