FORT BENNING, Ga., (June 12, 2013) -- As a result of the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act, Soldiers will be able to attend a two-day workshop that focuses on higher education. The workshop is scheduled to begin in October at Fort Benning.

The VOW Act is a law passed in 2011 to help veterans with unemployment.

Hillary Bailey, acting education services specialist, said the Army Continuing Education System will host the workshop and is currently working to train facilitators in preparation.

The goal of the workshop and education track is to help Soldiers get into college, Bailey said.

One tool is the Kuder Journey Assessment, which helps students decide what they want to do, she said.

ACES helps guide Soldiers through their educational goals, said Mike Hodge, supervisory education specialist.

ACES and the Army Career and Alumni Program work together to take care of Soldiers, said Grey Edwards, HUB education officer for five installation, including Fort Benning. The partnership is a "good fit" needed to help Soldiers with their goals.

"We want to prepare them as much as possible," Edwards said. "We're hearing as much as 60 percent are identifying education as the track they want to go. We want to do our part to make that transition, so that when they do in fact leave the service, (they) are better prepared to face what's on the outside."

For more information, contact ACES at 706-545-7397.

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