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United States Marine Corps
Voluntary Education Program
850 Shaw Avenue
Bldg. 850 Education Center
Yuma, AZ 85365
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.
The U.S. Marine Corps Voluntary Education Program provides active-duty service members the opportunity to pursue their educational goals. The Education Center assists clients in enrolling in post-secondary education programs that lead to Associates, Bachelors, and Graduate and Post Graduate degrees. We also assist those who need to complete their high school education, earn an equivalency diploma (GED), improve their academic skills or level of literacy, and enroll in vocational and technical schools. Additionally, service members can receive recommended college credit for military training and experience based on the American Council on Education (ACE).
Arizona Western College, Northern Arizona University, University of Arizona, and Arizona State University provide college courses for the local community. Arizona Western College representatives are available on station for counseling and enrollment.
Tuition Assistance (TA) is the military’s financial assistance program and helps cover tuition costs for courses taken at an accredited college, university, or vocational/technical institution leading to a certificate, associate, bachelors, masters, or professional degree. TA pays up to $4500 per fiscal year towards college and vocational courses that do not exceed $250 per semester hour, or $166.67 per quarter hour, or $16.67 per clock hour. Tuition assistance also pays 100% of tuition costs for courses applicable to the completion of a high school diploma or equivalency certificate. For more information on these programs, call the Education Center at 928-269-3248 or 928-269-5614.
Military personnel and their family members have a wide variety of educational opportunities offered in the Yuma area. The Education Center's trained education staff can assist you and your family in reaching your educational goals. We are opened Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and are located Bldg. 850. For assistance, please call 928-269-3248, 928-269-5614 or 928-269-3589.
Off-Duty Education Websites
The United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) is a formal military training program that provides active duty Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard service members the opportunity to improve their job skills and to complete their civilian apprenticeship requirements while they are on active duty. Members benefit by getting the same credit for military work experience and training as their civilian counterparts in the civilian industry. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) provides the nationally recognized “Certificate of Completion” upon program completion. To view a list of approved MOS's and to apply for the program online visit USMAP’s website at https://usmap.netc.navy.mil/usmapss/static/index.htm.
Colleges on Station:
Arizona Western Collegewww.azwestern.edu
Phone: 928- 317-7605
Location: AWC's MCAS Yuma's office is located at the Education Center in building 850 AWC's Main Campus is located at 2020 S. Avenue 8E Yuma, AZ 85365
The Education Center is able to proctor the following exams to active-duty military members.
*We also are available to proctor college exams to adult family members and authorized civilians (civil Service and contracted base employees). Please contact (928)269-3248 for more information.
Education Center's Services