Helps Mississippi Students
As a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Air Force, I taught and trained men and women all over the globe, in both combat and peace-time operations. Recently, I was serving as the Air Force Junior ROTC senior aerospace science instructor at Aberdeen High School in Mississippi when I became aware of the SAT/ACT Donation Project that provides quality free prep to all students.
My school in Aberdeen was a Title 1 school and many of our cadets could not afford to purchase ACT/SAT study materials. Doing well on these admission exams is essential to getting accepted into a good college or university.
Through this project we were able to provide our entire AFJROTC unit access to computer-based ACT/SAT study materials. These outstanding resources definitely helped our students achieve much higher scores on their ACT that led to much deserved college admissions.
I have witnessed that my students can excel if given a chance. During the 2014-2015 school year, our Air Force JROTC unit received the Mississippi Governor’s “Partnership Excellence Award.” The award was based on an alliance between our AFJROTC unit, the Aberdeen School District, and the Monroe County (MS) Chamber of Commerce.
Thanks to the U.S. Air Force, our unit was selected to receive an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) based upon our unit’s record of superior performance. Our cadets expertly utilized our UAV to support Monroe County’s vital economic development efforts by conducting multiple aerial photography missions.
Additionally, our cadets planned and conducted Monroe County’s first-ever “Air Expo” to help educate youth and educators regarding aerospace careers and emerging aviation technology.
In my nearly 30 years of military service in the U.S. Air Force leading, teaching and training young men and women, I have learned that people just need opportunities to demonstrate their desire and ability to learn and excel. Programs like the eKnowledge SAT/ACT Donation Project and strategic partnerships between education and industry give deserving students that chance.
It’s also why I recently became the program director at CareerKwest USA, in Auburn, Ala. I am able to reach out and help America’s youth achieve their full potential by effectively applying their unique talents to make the world a better place. Our mission at CareerKwest USA is to help our country more effectively prepare our 21st Century Workforce by developing critical career/workforce skills with students in grades Pre-K through first career.
In our world, military might is unfortunately necessary, but it is not the mechanism that will bring lasting peace, prosperity and hope. That will happen only by unlocking the unique and often hidden talents that we all possess and extending opportunity to everyone who will grasp it.
For more info, check out our free SAT/ACT prep resources for all students, or contact us at (951) 256-4076 or Support@eKnowledge.com.
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Jeff “Cog” Coggin is a retired Lt. Col. from the United States Air Force. He is currently the program director at CareerKwest USA Coggin Operations Group, Worldwide, Inc.