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 Tutor.com/military at no cost. Visit at https://military.tutor.com/home
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.
See this P&PR Branch schedule for additional workshops & classes.
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.
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 http://www.nelnetsolutions.com/dantesnet.
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 www.wcsahawaii.org
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.
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 .
- Access the WEB TA website here.
- Access Navy College Program here.
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 & TABE registration form.
Click here for the OPI Registration form.
The Education Center conducts testing for the following exams:
Click here for the Education Center’s 2021 testing calendar.
Click here for the alternative military testing sites.
Click here for instructions on how to schedule your test at the Navy College Office, Pearl Harbor.
GED, SAT/ACT & GRE/GMAT Testing
Active duty service members may take the GED, SAT, ACT, GRE, and GMAT at a National Testing Center and get reimbursed via DANTES.
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.
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.
FREE SAT/ACT prep to get you started:
- 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
- AFCT Information and Study Guide
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.
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: 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 license, 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
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- TABE Study Guide
- Various TABE Prep
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 .