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United States Air Force
Education Center - Army
Bldg 7 Chilkoot Ave
Community Education Center
JBER, AK 99505-6610
If you’ve ever considered taking your education a step further, you should look to your installation for more information and assistance. They can help you decide if receiving an advanced degree is right for you, tell you which local colleges and classes are offered and find out if you’re eligible for tuition assistance. The Voluntary Education Center, or Installation Education Center, is available to help you put together a plan to advance your education.
Military spouses can also choose to engage with an education and career coach through the DoD’s Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, or SECO. These coaches can assist them in exploring multiple tools, resources and information to reach their educational goals. To contact a career coach call 800-342-9647 or visit https://myseco.militaryonesource.mil.
Colleges in the local area include Wayland Baptist University, University of Alaska -Anchorage, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Central Texas College.
Classes are offered in 8, 9, 11 and 15 week semesters and are offered both in a classroom setting and on-line. Fees vary by college and program. Contact the universities or one of the education centers for more information.
POST 9/11 GI BILL®: An option for spouse education funding is the Post 9/11 GI Bill®. This education benefit package has provisions for eligible sponsors to transfer their education benefit to a spouse or dependent child.
For more information, visit the Veterans Affairs website.
AIR FORCE AID SOCIETY (AFAS) TUITION ASSISTANCE FOR FAMILY MEMBERS - https://afas.org/education-support/
AFAS MERIT SCHOLARSHIP: Each year AFAS awards a number of merit based scholarships as a complement to the needs-based support allocated through the hallmark Arnold Education Grant program. Scholars who are being considered for the Arnold Education Grant may also be evaluated on academic merit and considered separately for an AFAS Merit Scholarship.
AFAS SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATION LOAN PROGRAM: This no-interest loan program – also offered as a complement to the main Arnold Education Grant – is designed to help Air Force families with those incidental college expenses. Scholars who are being considered for the Arnold Education Grant may have the opportunity to secure a Supplemental Education Loan.
ARMY EMERGENCY RELIEF (AER) TUITION ASSISTANCE FOR FAMILY MEMBERS
There are two education centers on the installation. Active duty and reserve component service members, their spouses and civilian employees can use the services at both locations.
Information visit the Community Education Complex website, the JBER-Elmendorf Education Center website, or the Air Force Portal, 552-9739 or 552-9629
JBER-Richardson offers the full range of Army adult education services in Bldg 7. These include education counseling, a testing office, and computer labs with access to GoArmyEd and adaptive equipment for disabled students, fundamental academic skills training (FAST), digital training facility, a learning resource center (LRC) and library, and college classes. All military, adult family members, and civilian employees are welcome.Services are free except students must pay for tuition, fees, and books, and civilians must pay for most testing fees.
FAST classes are offered daily for basic skills improvement and GED preparation. The testing office offers CLEP, DANTES, SAT/ACT, PRAXIS, AFAST, DLAB, DLPT, college placement tests, and proctoring service for those taking tests from online classes.
The Learning Resource Center (JBER-Richardson) provides reference and research assistance along with a recreational and MOS library and is open 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m., Monday-Friday and 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. You can access them online. For more information contact the center at 907-384-0970 or DSN 317-384-0970.