Education Center

Education Center Contact Information

Kaneohe Bay, Building #220
Phone: 808-257-2158
DSN 457-2158
FAX 808-257-2020
DSN FAX 457-2020

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 0730-1630
Closed on Weekends and Holidays

TA 101
Wednesdays: 1130-1230, visit Education Center

Camp H.M. Smith
Wing 2C, Room 116 MARFORPAC Building

We now hold Camp Smith office hours every Monday from 1300-1600. Military members need to call 808-257-2158 to make an appointment.

DoD expands eligibility during COVID-19 disruptions

As of April 2020, all DoD service members, civilian personnel, and all dependent family members (kindergarten-college/adult) are eligible to use at no cost. Visit at

The Education Center has resumed in-person operations as well as providing one-on-one counseling Mon-Fri 0730-1630 for Active-Duty and dependents. Call the Education Center Call 257-2158 to schedule.

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.

Click here for a printable calendar of the P&PR Branch schedule.

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 .

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. Any interested Marine should call the Education Center at 257-2158 or visit us in Bldg 220.

Marines with a GT score of 120 or above do not qualify for MASP. Other resources are available in the “Studying Resources” tab below.

FY 2022 MCBH MASP Application Packet

Academic Skills Training
A modernized Academic Skills Training Program was launched 31 MAR 2020. This awesome (free) curriculum includes the Online Academic Skills Course (OASC) and College Placement Skills Training (CPST). Marines & Sailors can access at

This program improves college-level academic skills — including math, English, and science — in order to begin (or continue) in higher education, or advance military careers. It uses a combination of diagnostic tests to identify a student’s current level of academic proficiency.  The program also includes detailed usage reports, and technical support, as well as enhancements to include science content and instructional delivery by video. The academic skills courseware is available online, 24/7, 365 days per year and is accessible to personnel in remote locations with limited network access.

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

English as a Second Language
For more information on ESL, contact Waipahu Community School for Adults at 808-254-7955 or visit

Early Release to Further Education
Information on Early Release Program

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. Click here for more information.

Need help applying for College or FAFSA?
Join us at one of our College 101 Labs or our FAFSA Workshops.

If you are using TA for the first time you are required to read MARADMIN 765/20.

Click here for the TA Eligibility Checklist and Directions.

Access the JKO website here .

WEB TA application instructions.

  • Access the WEB TA website here.

Information for Sailors on TA.

Navy TA Instructions.

College 101
This brief is offered on every Wednesday from 1130-1230 at Kaneohe Bay, Bldg 220. Due to COVID-19 seating restrictions, we will have additional classrooms to accommodate nine (9) personnel per classroom. No appointment needed. Do not enroll in classes until your T.A. is approved.

For more information on Tuition Assistance and College 101 contact the Education Center, Building 220, 808-257-2158

Pre-registration is required for all tests.
Click here for the AFCT testing registration form.
Click here for the AFCT Letter and MCTFS Instruction form.
Click here for the DLAB-DLPT registration form.
Click here for the TABE registration form.
Click here for the OPI Registration form.

The Education Center conducts testing for the following exams:

  • DLPT
  • DLAB
  • AFCT
  • OPI
  • TABE

Click here for the Education Center’s 2022 testing calendar.
Click here for the alternative military testing sites.

Active duty service members may take the GED, SAT, ACT, GRE, and GMAT at a National Testing Center and get reimbursed via DANTES.

DANTES – Test Funding & Reimbursement Eligibility

National Testing Center (NTC)
The National Testing Center at MCBH Kaneohe Bay is in Building 219 (under the Base Library).
The NTC is open every Wednesday 0800-1530; the last seating for testing is at 1400.
HPU NTC Temporary COVID Hours & Instruction form.
See this PDF for information on our CLEP Challenge. See this PDF for CLEP Workshop information.

The following tests are available at the NTC:
CLEP & DSST*, GMAT, CompTIA (A+ Essentials & A+ Practical), Thompson Prometric, and Pearson Vue.

*Click here for the ACT & SAT National Test Dates and Test Locator, which includes a list of available tests and step-by-step registration directions.

GRE (Graduate Record Exam)–University of Hawaii Manoa (808) 956-8010 or Prometric Education Services 808-521-4389.

GMAT–HPU National Test Center 808-748-1935 or 808-544-1492, Columbia College National Test Center 808-779-3973 or 808-294-1519.

Dantes and TABE Preparation Resources

FREE SAT/ACT prep to get you started:


eKnowledge (SAT/ACT) test prep info

Access the eKnowledge website here.

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, 321-445-4121, and 321-558-2025.

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

Click here for more information on anchor, visiting, and on-island schools.

On-Base Courses
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, see our on-base courses here.

The Veterans Affairs Office is currently closed. To obtain information about GI Bill benefits or any other VA benefits, please call 808-282-5237 or email our lead VA representative.

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:

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 license, certification or Associate’s degree in a portable career field and occupation.

For more information on MyCAA click here .

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)


Hawaii Pacific University Scholarship information

For more financial aid and scholarship information please see the Financial Aid Guide for Military Families.

Joint Services Transcript (JST), formerly called SMART

American Council on Education (ACE) Military Programs

Troops to Teachers
To determine your eligibility for the Troops to Teachers Program please follow these steps:

1. Go to
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

Onward to Opportunity (O2O)
Onward to Opportunity is a free career training program that provides professional certification and employee support services to transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses.

O2O combines industry-validated curricula, strong partnerships with leading veteran service organizations and private sector companies, and comprehensive career coaching services to prepare and match you with your next career.

Warrior-Scholar Project
In partnership with top colleges and universities, Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) hosts intensive, one and two-week college-preparatory academic boot camps for enlisted veterans and transitioning service members.

Service to School
Service to School (S2S) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides free college and grad school application counseling to military veterans and servicemembers.

MCB Hawaii Library

NKO Guide

Enlisted to Officer Program

Choosing a College

Study Tools

Navy College Pace Programs

Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam Education Center

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 .

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