Troy University to Host Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Workshops

Posted: Monday, 10 September 2007

COLUMBUS – College and university representatives from throughout the region will gather at Troy University to discuss the educational needs of soldiers serving in the Army during two upcoming Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) workshops. TROY welcomes SOC members September 18 at its Columbus Location in Georgia and September 20 at the Dothan Campus.

The workshop on the Dothan Campus will be held in Sony Hall, while the event in Columbus meets at the Columbus Ironworks Trade and Convention Center. Both seminars run from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Made up of higher education associations and more than 1,700 colleges and universities, SOC works to ensure that quality educational opportunities are available for members of the military and their families, veterans, Coast Guard and civilian Department of Defense employees. Recent changes to the Degree Network System and Army Continuing Education System will be covered during the workshops, which will be lead by Dr. Judith Loomer, Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Army Degrees project director.

“Troy University plays an important role in helping SOC and the Army ensure that soldiers have a wide range of degree options in both traditional and distance-learning delivery modes,” Dr. Loomer said. “I am delighted to be able to celebrate that collaboration by revisiting the commitments Troy University has made as part of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges.”

Troy University is a member of both the SOC Consortium and the SOC Degree Network System, participating in programs for the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Hosting the workshops is one more way Troy University can extend its commitment to the men and women who serve our nation, according to Vickie Miles, TROY registrar and assistant to the provost

“It is a privilege for Troy University to be hosting this conference for an organization that does such important work for the military,” Miles said. “Troy University is greatly honored to partner with Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges to serve our military and their families.”

In addition to its affiliation with SOC, TROY is the second-largest provider of courses for the eArmyU distance learning program. The University also maintains teaching sites at Fort Benning, Fort Rucker and approximately 25 other military institutions around the world.

For more information, contact Sandy Henry at 334-983-6556, ext. 1-416.