We all know education is important, but have you ever wondered about the value of your investment in terms of dollars? Whether you are a student of Fayetteville Technical Community College, a taxpayer in Cumberland County, or a local business owner, the following infographic illustrates how the college directly impacts you.
In the 21st century higher-education climate, active-duty military and veteran students have become one of the most important interest groups educators seek to capture, both because of the unique needs and challenges they face, as well as the civilian debt of gratitude owed to these selfless men and women. At Fayetteville Technical Community College, our service to military personnel, veterans and their respective families spans both local and international boundaries.
FTCC deeply understands the unique challenges military and veteran students face. FTCC’s MOS (Military Occupation Specialty) degree program helps soldiers complete their educations. Having achieved a #2 ranking in the Military Times “Best for Vets: Career and Technical Colleges” in 2013, FTCC has designed and launched a state-of-the-art learning assessment model based on the individual student’s Military Occupational Specialty. Such a method of turning military experience into a transferable credit is unique among military-friendly schools, and Fayetteville is leading the proverbial pack. We have also devised a flexible and individualized academic plan for military students, offering over 190 programs of study with substantial online opportunities and 8-week accelerated programs. These specific individualized curriculum tracks for key occupational classifications and academic programs map to military credentials, training, and experience. As such, FTCC serves a wide variety of constituents that represent all levels of preparation, expectation, and pursuit of success defined by a variety of descriptors.
Of FTCC’s more than 12,500 student population, more than 3,000 are military or veteran students. The college maintains multiple campuses that house state-of-the-art instructional and laboratory facilities, which support high-quality technical career prep programs. The school’s close proximity to the Fayetteville VA Medical Center provides an important synergy between the VA hospital’s military-friendly activities and FTCC’s Health Programs curricula and myriad of course offerings. FTCC’s health degree programs are a significant part of the college’s success, given that the healthcare industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the American economy and projected to employ a significant portion of the country’s workforce.
In short, FTCC is fast becoming a true “educational gateway” for military personnel, from their recruitment, through their service, and into professions and careers post-active military service. Within six months of leaving the college, 93 percent of graduates find themselves employed; close to 40 programs boast a 100 percent placement rate. In the 2012 Community College Survey of Student Engagement, 87.2 percent of survey respondents reported that they would recommend FTCC to family and friends. This endorsement rings loud and clear — FTCC is working hard to give back to a community of learners who have sacrificed much for their country. Our educational and training services to special operations and conventional forces in the Army are especially important to our college and, more important, to the defenders of our freedom that we all treasure highly.
I invite you to visit our college soon to learn more about how FTCC can positively impact your life through education. Our Fayetteville, Spring Lake, and Fort Bragg campus locations, combined with online study, provide convenient options for everyone.
Written by DR. LARRY J. KEEN
President of Fayetteville Technical Community College
Theare a time for celebration, family and joy. It is also a time that revolves around food, busy shopping, festive parties, cocktails and seasonal treats. The season can represent a time for serious temptation to overeat and abandon healthy habits. Surviving the holidays by properly maintaining one’s waistline, bank account and sanity can be challenging for everyone. But the season affords opportunities to be mindful of staying healthy not only through the holiday season but also beyond. We all know that the holidays are the time of year when you really want to feel and look your best.
Before the holidays are fully under way, make a conscious effort to develop a plan, stick to it and check in regularly with yourself. There are ways to stay on track so that when the new year rolls around, you aren’t finding yourself resolving to lose the extra pounds you gained over the holidays. A healthy outlook coupled with regular exercise, a consistent sleep schedule, and a proper diet goes a long way to feeling positive and being successful.
Relax your body and mind.
A relaxed mind allows you to get more done — and feel better while doing it. When you feel overwhelmed, take a few minutes to breathe deeply. Close your eyes and breathe in through your nose while you count to four, hold your breath while you count to two, breathe out through your mouth while you count to four and repeat.
Physical activity is the best and simplest step you can take to benefit your health during the holidays and any time of year. It is certain to make you feel good and help your body and brain function better. Make opportunities to walk for at least 10 minutes at a time. If exercising alone is hard, grab a partner!!! Always consult with your doctor before beginning an exercise routine.
Eat healthy and be merry.
Holiday foods can be high in calories and low on the nutrition you need to battle germs and boost energy. Make it a priority to eat five or more fruits and vegetables a day (choose the whole fruit instead of juice so you feel full longer and avoid added sugar). Carry an apple or a bag of baby carrots so you always have a healthy snack available. That’s not to say you must totally abstain from festive goodies. On the contrary, it’s fine to indulge a small amount, enough to satisfy your craving, but know your limits and keep an eye on your consumption.
Take advantage of seasonal bargains. Many stores begin year-end sales during the holiday season. Saving in advance is also good, if possible. Discipline yourself to save a few dollars from each paycheck during the year. Another option is to draw names. This will reduce spending, especially if your list of family and friends is long. Lastly, allow time for planning and comparison shopping. Keep your budget in mind and shop carefully to get the best selection and price. In other words, budget for purchases.
Remember what the holidays are all about — spending time with family and friends. Tell yourself that you deserve to wake up on Dec. 26 feeling as good as you do today. Laugh and enjoy life— the holidays only come around once a year.
Written by: Desandra Washington, FTCC Director of Counseling Services
Article originally appeared in Up & Coming Weekly
FTCC received a notification from GoArmyEd regarding upcoming changes to the Army’s Tuition Assistance policy. The following 6 major changes will be effective on January 1, 2014:
- Soldiers will only be eligible for up to 16 semester hours of TA funded courses each fiscal year.
- To be TA eligible, a Soldier must have one year of service after completion of either AIT, OCS or BOLC.
- After completing a Bachelor’s degree, a Soldier must have 10 years of service from his or her BASD or PEBD to receive TA toward a Master’s degree. There is no restriction going from Associate’s to Bachelor’s level.
- Soldiers cannot receive TA toward a second degree at the same level. (i.e. no second Associate’s, Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees)
- GoArmyEd will not be able to fund any courses for the completion of a professional degree. (i.e. PhD, MD or JD)
- The policy not allowing Soldiers flagged for APFT and Height/Weight will be fully enforced.
All Soldiers, counselors and school POCs will receive an email from GoArmyEd advising them of the policy changes. GoArmyEd will be posting FAQs to assist in answering questions about the new policies. FTCC will also be available to assist you by calling 910-678-1050/1053 or by emailing email@example.com.
Tuition Assistance (TA) is a government benefit offered to service members of all branches of the Armed Forces. TA was created to assist service members with the cost of tuition. TA will typically cover 100% of tuition up to the $250 cap per credit hour. Federal TA will pay up a maximum of $4,500 per military fiscal year.
Whether you’re in the military and can’t make the trip home for Thanksgiving or you can’t bear the thought of cooking a giant meal for 12 people, we all have reasons why going to a restaurant may be the best option to get that comfort food fix. Before blindly making the trek into holiday traffic, it is important to consider which restaurants will be open and how much you are willing to spend for the convenience of leaving the cooking up to the pros. Don’t forget to call in advance to see if there is a reservation policy!
Is your favorite spot for a Thanksgiving meal not on the list? Leave a comment and share! Whether you are staying local or traveling, all of us at Fayetteville Tech wish you a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!
On November 1, 2013, FTCC President Dr. Larry Keen presented Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LSSGB) training certificates to students and the leadership team at K3 Enterprises. The certificate is awarded to those students that have satisfactorily completed the course requirements consisting of 64 hours training and practical exercises, demonstration and use of skills and a written technical report in a successful LSSGB project.
The Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification has become the gold standard for process thinking and operational improvement. The training provides participants with enhanced problem-solving skills, as they follow the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) process improvement model. The methods used allow individuals to be more efficient, effective and consistent in project planning and execution. Having high-caliber, trained and certified Green Belts on staff helps position K3 to be more competitive for government contracts requiring evidence of effective and efficient project management skills, and it should lead to more business, greater profitability, and continued growth.
K3 Enterprises is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) established by Brian and Rhonda Kent in 2005. K3 provides contracted services and project management in the areas of technology introduction, technology integration, technology training and technology sustainment.
Pictured above from left to right, front row: Joseph Humphries, Dr. Brian Kent (President, K3), Dr. Larry Keen (President, FTCC) and Rhonda Kent (VP of Strategic Planning, K3). In the back row: Matthew Coleman, Jeffery Roberts, William Pate, Andrew Nichols, and Heidi Schafer.
There continues to be an increasing need to help veterans transition into the civilian world after military duty. The Obama Administration understands that need and has developed a new Transition Assistance Program (TAP) to help strengthen the transition of all service members from military to civilian life in an effort to increase opportunities for success in the next phase of their lives. Entrepreneurship training is one out of three track programs that is offered to over 250,000 transitioning service members from all branches of the military who will transition beginning this year (2013). The Department of Defense adopted an entrepreneurship curriculum from Syracuse University called Boots to Business. Boots to Business: From Service to Start-up program is a national initiative coming from the Obama Administration, and the goal of the program is to provide entrepreneurship awareness and training to service members who are leaving the military.
Fayetteville Technical Community College’s Small Business Center (SBC) was honored to be asked by the local district Small Business Administration (SBA) from Charlotte, NC, to participate in the spearheading, coordination, and management of the program for the Fort Bragg installation. The SBC is in charge of coordinating with the Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP) division activities related to when and where to offer training and with other SBA resource partners, such as Veterans Business Outreach Center, Small Business Technology Development Center, SCORE, Center for Economic Development and SBA, to present the training twice a month to service members. Fort Bragg is one of the first installations to offer the program and the only one to offer it twice a month to soldiers. The SBA headquarters out of Washington D.C. has been impressed with the way Fort Bragg is running the Boots to Business program. Karen Mills, who serves as the U.S. Administrator of SBA, and her staff chose to visit Fort Bragg and observe the program and also announce the SBA Veteran’s Pledge Initiative. The pledge is a commitment by top national, regional and community lenders to collectively increase their lending activity to veterans by five percent for the next five years.
Boots to Business started January 2013 and to date the SBC has conducted 10 classes serving 150 service members on small business development. FTCC SBC will continue to serve our fellow soldiers and provide excellence training.