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Education fair showcases variety of choices in local area

McGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. -- Master Sgt. Darius T. Barnes, the unit training manager for The I.G. Brown Air National Guard Training and Education Center speaks with representatives from the Fountain Head College of Technology during the education fair held at the Armed Forces Club here, Aug. 6, 2010.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mavi Smith/Released)

McGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. -- Master Sgt. Darius T. Barnes, the unit training manager for The I.G. Brown Air National Guard Training and Education Center speaks with representatives from the Fountain Head College of Technology during the education fair held at the Armed Forces Club here, Aug. 6, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mavi Smith/Released)

McGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. -- Base personnel got the opportunity to learn about higher education options when The I.G. Brown Air National Guard Training and Education Center hosted an education fair at the Armed Forces Club here, Aug. 6 and 7.

Master Sgt. Darius T. Barnes, the unit training manager, organized the event to provide staff members with a one-stop shopping experience of some of the academic programs offered in the local area.

Representatives from Bethel University, Fountain Head College of Technology, Lincoln Memorial University, Maryville College, Pellissippi State Community College, Strayer University, Tusculum College, the University of Phoenix, and the University of Tennessee's Veteran's Pre-College Program were on hand to discuss their courses of study.

They showcased undergraduate, graduate and online degree programs in the career fields of accounting, business, criminal justice, health services administration, information technology systems and more.

Military recruiters were also present to answer questions on the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill and the different versions of the program that are available for both active duty and reserve members. They helped individuals determine their eligibility and provided guidance on which program best fit their needs.

Barnes said this event was significant because, "There are so many different things going on right now that people just don't know about. This gives everyone the chance to come out and learn about the programs that can benefit us."