LSEC program provides educational opportunity
Story by: Jessica Healey
1ST INF. DIV. POST
Prospective and current students at Fort Riley can take advantage of the Leader Skills Enhancement Courses offered on post by Barton Community College.
LSEC classes meet from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. to noon, noon to 1:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday except for holidays. Classes are located in three locations on Fort Riley: 215 Custer Ave., 7604 Parker St., and 7656 Graves St.
To enroll in the LSEC program, students need to visit the Education Center at 217 Custer Ave. in order to speak with a counselor.
The courses are offered through a scholarship program at Barton for active-duty military, Department of Defense employees and their dependents. There is no cost of tuition through the scholarship program, and books are provided to the student for the duration of the course and then returned at its completion.
The courses are basic classes that can lead to a complete associate degree. They are accelerated lasting only six weeks per cycle – 29 instructional days total. Seven cycles are offered per year. Usually about 41 classes are offered each cycle.
On average 650 to 900 students are enrolled in LSEC classes. About 15 percent of those students are Soldiers. The LSEC program also offers unit classes.
LSEC students helped make up some of the 130 graduates who completed their degrees during the Fort Riley combined graduation ceremony May 23.
Barton is a regionally accredited college and will transfer to most four-year colleges for those looking to continue their education beyond an associate degree.
"They were mainly designed for Soldiers to enhance their military careers. And to build on leadership skills," said Monica Smith, guidance counselor, Fort Riley Educational Services.
Barton does offer hybrid classes at night and on Saturdays for those unable to attend classes during the day. They also offer classes online and have a number of scholarships for students.
"It's very few times people don't get into their classes," said Marion Moore, supervisory education service specialist, Fort Riley Educational Services.
"They will let you get into another class if they have to," Smith added.
The current cycle ends on Sept. 18, and the next one begins Sept. 19.
The schedule for the next cycle and enrollment should be available around the middle of August.
Students must attend the first day to be put on the class roster and remain in the class.
For more information on the educational opportunities available at Fort Riley, visit www.riley.army.mil/UnitPage.aspx?unit=DHR.Educ.