The Education Center provides services for active duty service members, family members, veterans, and DoD civilians on board MCBH Kaneohe Bay and Camp Smith. We are here to assist you as you start or complete your journey towards a college degree or certificate program.
United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP)
USMAP is a formal military training program that provides Active Duty, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard service member the opportunity to improve their job skills and to complete their civilian apprenticeship requirements while on active duty. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) provides the nationally recognized Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship upon the completion of the program. Click here for more information.
Leadership Scholar Program
The Leadership Scholar Program (LSP) assists honorably discharging Marines with their education after active duty. It fast-tracks acceptance of qualified Marines to institutions of higher learning. See this LSP brochure and watch the video below for more information. You can also visit the LSP YouTube Channel here.
Academic and professional success requires a strong foundation in key skill areas. MASP is a basic academic skills curriculum that improves knowledge in reading comprehension, communication, writing and mathematics. Per MCO 1560.25, the target population for MASP is Marines with General Technical (GT) ASVAB scores of 99 and below. It also serves as an excellent college-PREP program. (Family members may participate on a space-available basis.) As such, it is best described as an intense “academic boot camp.” Any interested Marine should call the Education Center at 257-2158 or visit us in Bldg 220.
COOL (Credentialing Opportunities On-Line) helps Marine Corps Service members find information on certifications and licenses related to their jobs. Use COOL to get background information on credentialing and find detailed information on:
- Credentials related to a Marine Corps Military Occupational Specialty (MOS)
- Credential requirements and potential gaps between Marine Corps training and civilian workforce credentialing requirements
- Resources available to fill gaps between military training and civilian credentialing requirements
- How to get a COOL funded voucher to pay for credential exam and maintenance fees
For more information on ESL, contact Waipahu Community School for Adults at 808-254-7955 or visit www.wcsahawaii.org
To register, please call 808-254-7955.
Marines with more than two years with active duty service are eligible to use Tuition Assistance (TA).
If you are using TA for the first time you are required to read MARADMIN 687-14.
- Access the JKO website here.
- Access the WEB TA website here.
- Access Navy TA website here.
COLLEGE 101 T.A. Brief
This brief is offered every Wednesday 1130-1200 at Kaneohe Bay, Bldg 220, Classroom A. No appointment needed. Do not enroll in classes until your T.A. is approved!
Camp Smith offers this in the MARFORPAC Building, Wing 2C Room 116, on Thursdays from 1200-1230. Please be in the room and seated by 1155.
For more information on Tuition Assistance and College 101 contact the Education Center, Building 220, 808-257-2158
The Education Center conducts testing for the following exams.
NATIONAL TESTING CENTER (NTC)
The National Testing Center at MCBH Kaneohe Bay is in Building 219, Classroom 5 (under the Base Library).
The NTC is open every Wednesday 0800-1530; the last seating for testing is at 1400.
The following tests are available at the NTC:
- A+ ESSENTIALS
- A+ PRACTICAL
**To register for CLEP tests click here.
For more information on CLEP testing see brochure here.
NOTE: GED and GRE are no longer administered at MCB Hawaii. For GRE, visit the GRE website and search for the nearest testing center. For GED, contact Waipahu Community School for Adults Windward Campus at (808) 254-7955 or visit there website at http://www.wcsahawaii.org/
Oahu Classification Test Sites
Oahu Classification Test Sites
Testing Registration Forms
AFCT for Marine Personnel
MCO 1230.5, Paragraph 5a(1)(h): Marines are prohibited from taking any local or practice test which contains actual ASVAB test material, and from enrolling in any non DoD approved programs intended to prepare students for taking the AFCT. This includes coaching practices with locally developed test questions, test aids or commercial test study guides to familiarize an individual with the AFCT test. Known names of these types of courses are: GT Predictor, GT Improvement, ASVAB Prep and ASVAB Academic Skills among others. Marines should utilize alternative self-study guides to prepare for retaking of the AFCT. Examples of self-study guides are: ASVAB study guides which can be procured at any local library and Peterson’s on-line Academic Skills course which can be found at the following URL: http//www.nelnetsolutions.com/dantes. This resource has been approved by DoD and is available to any service member. For more information on available resources, Marines should contact the Base/Camp’s Education Center. Furthermore, Marines will contact MPP-50 prior to enrolling in any ASVAB courses offered by other services.
FREE SAT/ACT prep to get you started:
- Tutor.com: Great ACT/SAT prep materials in the academic skills section.
- New Peterson’s Test Prep Resource Center
- Varsity Tutors:
A powerful new academic resource; a comprehensive suite of completely free practice tests, flashcards, and questions of the day for standardized tests and academic subjects of all levels http://www.varsitytutors.com/practice-tests
Hawaii Student Testing Benefits
All high school students in Hawaii now have access to free online SAT and ACT prep courses through a partnership with the National Military Impacted Schools Association.
Hawaii is the only state where all children – whether in public, private or home school – have access to the prep courses because of its single statewide school district.
Similar courses run upwards of $300.
“During these tough economic times, this free 24/7 online college test preparatory course is a plus for families that are financially challenged and beneficial for self-starters and students with hectic schedules,” said Ronn Nozoe, deputy superintendent for the Department of Education.
Anchor Schools at MCB Hawaii
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: 808-254-2106
Hawaii Pacific University:
- Kaneohe Bay Office: 808-544-9314
- Hickam Office: 808-543-8056
Wayland Baptist University:
- Kaneohe: 808-564-3366
- Camp Smith: 808-485-5065
Get a head start on completing your degree by taking general education, college-level courses that are offered on base. To see current classes available, click here.
Our VA office is located in Building 220 on the second deck in room 203.
VA Office phone number is 808-257-9922
VA GI Bill web site: http://www.gibill.va.gov/
My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) is a workforce development program that provides up to $4000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursuing a licens, certification or Associate’s degree in a portable career field and occupation.
For more information on MyCAA click here.
For more financial aid and scholarship information please see the Financial Aid Guide for Military Families.
Troops to Teachers
To determine your eligibility for the Troops to Teachers Program please follow these steps:
1. Go to ProudToServeAgain.Com
2. Click on the TTT home page.
3. From the blue and white menu on the left, select:
Information > Eligibility and click on Determine Your Eligibility
Enlisted to Officer Program
Choosing a College
- Servicemember Opportunity Colleges (SOC)
- A Student Advising Placement, and Retention Service
- College Catalogs
- U.S. Department of Education
Accreditation web site recognized by DoE
- Finding the right college
- Searching Careers or Academic Majors
How to choose and apply to the right school for you as well as how to finance it.
- College Navigator
- Collegeboard Big Future
Free web site for people who would like a basic introduction to the language. Almost any language can be found here. The lessons are short, cover the essentials and help with pronunciation.
- Internet Public Library
It is a valuable source of information for the distance learning student.
A super and innovative web site that can lead to answers to “all” questions.
- Study guides
- National Geographic
Great source for Biology and Environment students
Has excellent references, such as American Heritage Dictionary, Roget’s Thesaurus, Elements of Style, and Bartlett’s Quotations
- Research and Writing
Contains tips on how to write a research paper.
- Guide to grammar and writing
Massive Open Online Courses
Who should submit a complaint? If you or your family member receives active duty military Tuition Assistance or is a Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) Scholarship recipient, and are experiencing problems with your school, you are encouraged to submit feedback at the PECS site.