By Nelson Castillo and Nelson Ballew
2nd Recruiting Brigade
April 26, 2017
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - The 2nd Recruiting Brigade commander participated in a webinar with 24 graduate students from Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida, April 13, to inform future educational influencers about Army education programs.
Dr. Jeraline Johnson, lead career education specialist for the School District of Palm Beach County and adjunct professor at the university, invited Col. Patrick Michaelis to expose students to updated and correct information about military career pathways.
"The military should be part of the conversation as a viable career pathway when counselors from all walks of life speak to their clients," Johnson said.
The graduate students who participated in the webinar are enrolled in the university master's degree counseling program and training to become elementary, high school and mental health counselors.
Michaelis first shared his personal Army story with the students before highlighting two key Army education programs they can use when they become school counselors: The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery's Career Exploration Program and March2Success.
The ASVAB CEP is an aptitude test that allows students to gauge their strengths and interests and then map out their post-secondary plans, whether it's a civilian or military career track.
Prior to the webinar, all of the graduate students took the ASVAB to gain first-hand experience about what it can do for their students.
During the webinar, Ted Haggert, the Military Entrance Processing Command's education services specialist, provided the students with their individual career exploration and post-test interpretations. During the interpretation, each student was able to match their interests and skills with specific jobs. His session showcased the career exploration and interpretation program's full functionality as well as an overview of career clusters and paths available to students.
After the interpretations, Haggert provided highlights and analysis on March2Success, a free online program that prepares participants for standardized tests, like the ACT and SAT, and helps them improve skills in science, technology, engineering and math. March2Success also provides tools for educators and parents to track and encourage their students and walks students through the entire college admissions and financing process.
"It is our responsibility to help prepare young people for their future after high school, be it in the Army, college or the business world," Michaelis said. "March2Success is a comprehensive program designed to help young men and women meet their educational and career goals."
Both the ASVAB CEP and March2Success are designed to help students find their personal path to success in the future. They are not intended as recruiting tools but rather as tools to help students discover what career track is best for them, whether it's military or in the private sector.