“To prosper economically and to improve relations with other countries, Americans need to read, speak and understand other languages,” Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, declared at the Foreign Language Summit, in 2010. Only about 18 percent of Americans report speaking a language other than English, while 53 percent of Europeans can converse in a second language.
Learning another language is hard work, but it’s fun and the rewards are innumerable. Here’s why you should learn, when you can learn and how you can learn another tongue.
Over the past few months it seems as if you can’t turn on a television or browse the web without being bombarded by news stories about the fiscal cliff and sequestration. While most focus on the gridlock in Washington, some were seriously considering the ramifications of the budget cuts over the next several months.
With some of the biggest cuts hitting the Department of Defense, the military tuition assistance program was nearly first on the budget chopping block.
Celebrate the New Year knowing that it is becoming much more difficult for fraudulent educational services and schools to scam veterans out of their GI Bill benefits. Last month, the VA officially announced their ownership of the term GI Bill, which will greatly cut down on the ways in which non-government affiliated companies can use the term in marketing.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is now accepting applications for the new Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) which provides unemployed veterans with up to 12 months of paid benefits to retrain into a field where they can find employment. This job retraining assistance can mean great things for unemployed veterans.
Qualifying veterans will receive assistance up to the full-time rate under the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty Program (currently $1,473 per month). Applications can be submitted via eBenefits. So far more than 25,000 veterans have applied for the program.