FORT KNOX, Ky., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The U.S. Army today reinforced its ongoing support for Hispanic higher education through its sponsorship of the 2010 Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Annual Conference. At the conference – Sept. 18-20 in San Diego -Army will meet with HACU officials and other academic leaders and educators to address their common goal of increasing opportunities and resources for Hispanic students to pursue a college education.
Attended by more than 1,000 educators and school administrators, the HACU conference allows the Army to showcase the significant financial and educational benefits available through its ROTC program ( http://www.goarmy.com/content/goarmy/rotc.html ). Last year, the Army provided more than $285 million in scholarships to help young men and women reach their academic potential. The Army also will highlight the more than 70 free educational programs to students, teachers and parents that help students succeed in the classroom and prepares them for college. From internships to test-prep tools, the Army has created a wealth of educational programs designed to enhance learning and foster education.
“The U.S. Army recognizes that education is an essential building block for developing todays youth into tomorrows leaders,” said Lt. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley, Commanding General, U.S. Army Accessions Command. “Were proud to partner with leading organizations like HACU to ensure that educators, administrators and students are aware of the resources and benefits Army provides.”
The U.S. Armys education Web site, http://www.ArmyEdSpace.com, provides students, parents, educators and soldiers with access to a wide variety of free Army resources, programs and areas of support. Whether considering the military as a future option or learning more about the no-cost programs available, the site is designed to familiarize users with a variety of educational opportunities and effective tools to empower the youth of America to make informed decisions regarding their future.
As part of its partnership with HACU, the Army also will again sponsor a highly regarded education outreach program that gives high school students an opportunity to experience college first-hand. The Army/HACU College Tour will bring more than 500 students from 12 San Antonio-area high schools to the University of Texas at San Antonio. During the campus visits, students will receive information about admissions requirements, financial aid opportunities and how ROTC can help fund their education. Students also will tour campus facilities and meet with college student ambassadors and ROTC cadets to hear first-hand about college life.
“The U.S. Army and Americas educators share in the responsibility of preparing our young people for success,” added Lt. Gen. Freakley. “Our common goal is to motivate, educate, train and develop todays youth to be leaders, decision makers and citizen-contributors to achieve life-long success.”
About the United States Army Accessions Command (USAAC)
The U.S. Army Accessions Command (USAAC), a subordinate command of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, meets the human resource needs of the Army by transforming volunteers into officers, warrant officers, and enlisted Soldiers. In providing the force, the 18,400 men and women of Accessions Command prepare these future Soldiers and leaders for their initial military training. Commanded by Lt. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley, USAAC is located at Fort Knox, Ky.
SOURCE U.S. Army