FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — American Education Week is Nov. 14 through 18, and Fort Leonard Wood’s Education Services will be celebrating with a variety of festivities highlighting education at all levels during a week of events at the Truman Education Center, located in Bldg. 499 on Constitution Avenue.

“AEW is a great opportunity to recognize educators at all levels and the education support team members who are essential in helping to make our students successful in accomplishing not only their education goals, but their career and life goals as well,” said Sharon Washington, chief of Army Education Programs and Services.

Several colleges and community organizations will be on-hand throughout the week to provide information about resources available to service members, veterans and their families.

According to Meredith Sandidge, guidance counselor and community outreach program manager for Fort Leonard Wood’s Army Continuing Education System, having those agencies available to highlight education is a significant contribution to the installation.

“It is important to celebrate and show appreciation for educators, because they mold members of our society and provide constant guidance by giving their all to engage and enhance students’ lives,” Sandidge said. “Our team hopes the individuals who attend will take away a better understanding of the educational resources available to them and become inspired to utilize these resources.”

The activities and workshops scheduled throughout the week will focus on helping current and potential students get the most out of their educational journey and cover topics such as college enrollment, financial aid and job searching, Sandidge said.

“Our organization chose these specific topics and resources to highlight because they are the foundational tools utilized daily within the education experience that sets up the students for success,” she said. “When we better understand something, we are more likely to succeed and then, in return, can help others.”

American Education Week events include:

  • Motivational Monday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 14, facility wide. This event will provide information on how to begin the process of enrolling in college.
  • Tells Us Tuesday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Nov. 15 in Room 22: Speakers who have used their education benefits to excel and succeed will conduct two workshops to discuss their experiences.
  • Work It Wednesday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 16 in Rooms 21 and 22. These workshops will focus on how to apply for financial aid and scholarships, and how to utilize the College Level Examination Program and the Department of Defense’s Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support Subject Standardized Test program to maximize educational benefits.
  • Thursday Wisdom, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 17 in Room 21. Workshops will showcase how to use social media platforms, tailor resumes for a desired position and other job-hunting skills.
  • Flashback Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 18, facility wide. Colleges will highlight the history of education on Fort Leonard Wood.

All events are open to anyone with access to the installation, Washington said

For more information on the week of events, or any of the services offered at the TEC, call 573.596.0172.