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APSU partnership to help soldiers continue education in Iraq

At the request of officials at the SSG Glenn H. English Jr. Education Center, APSU administrators, along with those from four other colleges and universities, are taking steps to accommodate the higher educational needs of the soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during their pending deployment to Iraq.

This marks the second time in three years that the 18,000 soldiers of the 101st have deployed from Fort Campbell to join in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
At the request of officials at the SSG Glenn H. English Jr. Education Center, APSU administrators, along with those from four other colleges and universities, are taking steps to accommodate the higher educational needs of the soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during their pending deployment to Iraq.

This marks the second time in three years that the 18,000 soldiers of the 101st have deployed from Fort Campbell to join in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

According to Dr. Robert Sazama, head of the on-post English Army Education Center, each deployment not only disrupts a soldier's family life, it often interrupts his or her pursuit of higher education. However, this time, soldiers can continue their education while in Iraq through Web-based instruction because of a collaborative effort by APSU, City Colleges of Chicago, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Hopkinsville Community College and Murray State University.

“From comments made by returning soldiers from the first deployment, we know they alternate between periods of high activity and periods of downtime,” Sazama says. “To their credit, many of these soldiers asked about taking Web-based and other non-traditional delivery-method courses during these downtimes.”

APSU and the other institutions have developed plans for early registration for soldiers fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom, along with timely shipping of textbooks, online procedures for tuition assistance (TA) and online services from the Registrar's and Business offices, as well as other university services.

Courses offered range from art and biology to homeland security and political science. Bachelor's and master's level classes, as well as technical courses, will be available online.

If possible before deployment, troops should contact the college or university they wish to attend. Complete advisement services will be available online for them. Information sheets on the process and the Web sites are available from Army counselors and the collaborating schools.

For more information about APSU's online classes for deployed soldiers, telephone (931) 221-1400 or go to http://www.apsu.edu/apfc/APFCde.htm.
—Dennie Burke