Up & Coming Weekly

July 03, 2018

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM JULY 4-10, 2018 UCW 9 JASON MACDONALD, FTCC Director of Military Programs. COMMENTS? Editor@ upandcomingweekly.com. 910-484-6200. Loving Hands International and Cul- ture & Heritage Alliance present the Afri- can World Peace Festival Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 15 in downtown Fayetteville. "This is our fourth year of putting to- gether the African World Peace Festival," said Isabella Effon, president of Culture & Heritage Alliance. "We want to bring cul- tural awareness and educate our children about the continent of Africa and let them know it is not just a country." Effon added the festival also includes the Caribbean community to let children know they have Africans and Afro-Cubans who have migrated and now become a part of the population. The event will feature the African World Peace Festival with entertainment and mu- sic as well as a 5K Peace Run and Cape Fear Valley's Take Charge of Your Health event. Friday, July 13, is the kickoff from 6–10 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at 7 a.m. is pre-registration for the 5K Peace Run. The run starts at 8 a.m. There will be free health screenings provided by Cape Fear Valley's Take Charge of Your Health at 11 a.m. These screenings are for diabetes, blood pressure and sexually transmitted diseases. The music festival starts at 2 p.m. and will end at 10 p.m. The headliner is Kevin Lyttle. There will also be cul- tural performers. "This year for the health screenings we want to reach out as much as possible to let Wilmington Road, B Street and surrounding areas know they are a part of the Cool Spring Downtown District," said Effon. "We want them and the surrounding communities to come and participate in the free health screenings." The event continues Sunday, July 15. "From noon-7 p.m. is the gospel concert," said Effon. "It will feature traditional drumming and contempo- rary gospel music, and we will have vendors until 5 p.m." Loving Hands International and Culture & Heritage Alliance are nonprofit organiza- tions that focus on the needs of the poor in Ghana and West Africa as well as the local needs in the Fayetteville and Fort Bragg area. "Our cause is to give back to the com- munity and also to reach back to students in Africa," said Effon. "We have been collect- ing books for schools, hospital supplies and first-aid supplies to send over there." Effon added that in the Fayetteville/Fort Bragg area, the organization facilitates canned food drives for Operation Blessings during the summer. "Come join our community event with all of us celebrating diversity and benefitting our community," said Effon. The cost of the 5K run is $25 for children and $30 for adults. The music festival is free and open to the public. Bring your lawn chair and umbrella to enjoy the music. Food vendors will be on-site. If you want to volunteer, become a vendor or sponsor, or if you have a question, call 910-728-2186. African World Peace Festival brings fun and education to town by DR. SHANESSA FENNER EVENTS President John Kennedy stated, "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." Fayetteville Technical Community College has long been a leader in providing education to military service members of Fort Bragg and surrounding communities. Since the found- ing of the college in 1961, there has been a special relationship with neighbors from the college's military and veteran community. The college's mission statement is to "Serve our community as a learning-cen- tered institution to build a globally com- petitive workforce supporting economic development." The mission of the college provides a clear purpose in ensuring that our local military members and their family members have the necessary education op- portunities to meet their career goals. In 1974, the college opened its Fort Bragg Center to provide better access to numerous technical and vocational programs. The Fort Bragg Center, located on Fort Bragg at the Bragg Training and Education Center, is a one-stop shop for all the services an aspiring student would need to enroll at FTCC. The staff members are either veterans or dependents or have a family member serving. This staffing characteristic provides FTCC's Fort Bragg office with a unique understanding of the issues facing service members as they pursue their education-related goals. The staff takes extra time to educate students about the process for admis- sions and class registration. FTCC repeatedly earns top designation marks as a "Top School" or "Top 10 Gold Category Col- lege Award" for best community colleges serving military and veterans. FTCC is a leader in Credit for Prior Service, specializing in converting military training to college-level credit. The CPL effec- tively jump-starts the service members' education pursuit, allowing quick completion of educational training in the shortest amount of time possible. The college offers a CPL online tool that provides an estimated credit the student may earn. Parallel- ing the effort of providing college programs, FTCC opened the Transition Tech Program, which provides tuition-free certifications to veter- ans. The Transition Tech Program includes courses in collision repair, computer and information technology, logistics, CDL truck driver training, pipe welding, solar technolo- gy, EMT Basic, telecommunications and oth- ers, providing an intense, shortened training experience with time focused on industry certificates and credentials that prepare the student to enter the civilian workforce. If you are looking for a way to capitalize on the valuable military training you have earned or would like additional information about FTCC and the more than 250 programs of study available, visit with the Fort Bragg Center in- side the Bragg Training and Education Center. FTCC values the hard work and dedication needed to accomplish military training and experiences. FTCC is honored to help service members maximize their military service through programs of study that focus on military occupational specialty areas. Visit or learn more at faytechcc.edu/military- veterans to discover why FTCC is the smart choice for education. FTCC provides military students with convenient options by JASON MACDONALD Fayetteville Technical Community College has long been a leader in pro- viding education to military service members of Fort Bragg and surround- ing communities. DR. SHANESSA FENNER, Principal, WT Brown Elementary School. COMMENTS? Edi- tor@upandcomingweekly.com. 910-484-6200. EDUCATION

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