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Graduation Season

Dear Educators,

FreakleyI am pleased to share the second issue of Army Education News & Updates with you today. As an educator, you are acutely aware that high school and post-secondary graduation rates are an important indicator not only of the success of an individual student but also as a direct measure of the health of the country’s workforce – a measure of our Nation’s overall success.

In October 2007, approximately 3.3 million 16-24 year olds (8.7 percent of 16-24 year olds) were not enrolled in high school and had not earned a high school diploma or an alternative credential (The National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education). Many of these youth are intelligent and want to succeed but lack the necessary tools and support to graduate. In this issue, I encourage you to read the profile on the Youth ChalleNGe program, an initiative run by the National Guard, which is working towards reducing the number of high school dropouts and producing program graduates with the skills necessary to become successful adults. This is one of many education programs the U.S. Army supports to encourage the future success of America’s young adults.

In order to ensure our country’s ongoing success the Army is committed to continuing to partner with the education community to increase high school graduation rates.  

Thank you for your service and ongoing commitment to America’s youth.

Army Strong!

Sincerely,

Lieutenant General Benjamin C. Freakley
Commanding General
U.S. Army Accessions Command

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INFLUENCER PROFILE

Scott Fiske
Principal
Western High School
Florida

“In one way or another, the Army is always educating its Soldiers.  The Army develops its own curriculum, texts and staff to train and educate Soldiers.  It is natural to expect that they would collaborate with educational institutions that are responsible for many of the same processes. ”





 


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ARMY EDUCATION REPRESENTATIVE
GUEST SPOTLIGHT

Brian LabashoskyBrian Labashosky
U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC) Chief, Education Division, G7/9 Marketing, Education and Outreach Directorate
Louisville, Kentucky

“I serve as the Headquarters of the U.S. Army’s Recruiting Command’s chief education liaison with civilian and governmental agencies and education associations at the national level and am the command’s functional expert on all matters that deal with education enlistment eligibility.”


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PARTNER ORGANIZATION
PROFILE

National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)

NASBEFounded in 1958, the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is a non-profit, private association that represents state and territorial boards of education, state board attorneys and state board executive secretaries.

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PROGRAM PROFILE

Youth ChalleNGE Program

Youth ChalleNGe ProgramThe National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program is a preventive community-based program that leads, trains and mentors at-risk youth so that they may become productive citizens of America. The program involves a 22-week residential phase, followed by a year long mentoring relationship with a specially trained member from each youth’s community.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

If you’re attending the following events, be sure to stop by the Army Strong area, meet a Soldier or Army representative and learn more about the Army’s education offerings for both those inside and outside the military.

Essence Music Festival® Presented by Coca Cola®
New Orleans, LA
July 2-4, 2010

Annual Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Kansas City, MO
July 10-15, 2010


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EDUCATION NEWS

Saluting Recent Graduates

An article in The New York Times on June 16 discussed how high schools across the nation are recognizing and saluting students who opt for the military rather than college at graduation ceremonies.

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ARMY FUN FACT

In FY09, Army Soldiers earned 952 associate degrees, 1,064 bachelor degrees and 426 graduate degrees.

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Watch for the upcoming issue of ARMY EDUCATION NEWS & UPDATES on the Army's commitment to education.

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