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Army Continuing Education Services
586 Rifle Range Road
Monterey, CA 93944
Contact information for key programs and services at this installation.
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 Education Center
Bldg 636 B. Rifle Range Road, Presidio of Monterey, 93944Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed daily 1 p.m. -2 p.m.Phone: 831-242-5325DSN: 768-5325Fax: 831-242-6817Email: USARMY.PoM.106-Sig-Bde.List.PRES-EDCTR@mail.mil
Professional Counseling Services
Guidance counselors are available to assist military personnel and adult family members with achieving educational and occupational goals. Meeting with a counselor is key to becoming acquainted with programs and services that support your needs. Counseling is available on a walk-in or an appointment basis.
Tuition Assistance and Financial Aid
The Department of Defense has a uniform Tuition Assistance (TA) policy across the military services that provides financial assistance for voluntary off-duty education programs. Soldiers can obtain their TA benefit by accessing www.ARMYIGNITED.com. The Presidio of Monterey Education Center provides tuition assistance guidance to members of sister services to obtain TA through their respective branch of service.
The Army Credentialing Assistance (CA) Program and the Army Credentialing Opportunities On-line (Army COOL), is designed to pay for a Soldier’s off-duty courses, training programs and exams, as well as related fees. Soldiers can obtain their CA benefit by accessing WWW.ARMYIGNITED.COM. Credentials can help advance career goals by allowing Soldiers to choose a certification in an area that expands on existing experience or an area of interest to help further new career opportunities. Soldiers can obtain more information on the CA Program by accessing WWW.COOL.OSD.MIL/ARMY and selecting the “Credentialing Assistance” tab.
Federal, State and Private Financial Aid
There are numerous ways to finance one’s education. Ask your education professionals about in-state rates at public schools, MyCAA, grants, including the California College Promise Grant, student loans, work-study programs, and scholarships.
Veterans Administration (VA) Education Benefits Programs
Education Center counselors advise on the Montgomery GI Bill, College Fund, Veterans Education Assistance Program, Top-Up, Post 9/11 GI Bill, and other VA education benefits programs. These benefits support a variety of training including college studies, vocational schooling, apprenticeship/OJT programs, correspondence study, testing and more. Visit www.gibill.va.gov for comprehensive benefit program information.
Multi-Use Learning Facility
The Multi-Use Learning Facility provides a comfortable location where service members can pursue educational and career development research. The Learning Facility houses CAC-enabled workstations with Internet access, Kuder Journey – a computer-based guidance system, SkillPort courseware, Army Correspondence Courses, Online Academic Skills Course, test preparation and much more. Service members can also access a small library of college catalogs, college handbooks, financial aid references, and career information.
Your Education Center administers the following tests to service members at no cost. All testing is conducted by appointment only. Study materials are available from the Education Center.
We no longer provide test administration for the ACT and SAT at the POM Education Center. Also, DANTES no longer funds these exams for Service Members. DANTES sunset the College and Career Readiness Exams Reimbursement Program for ACT, SAT, GED, GRE, GMAT, and PRAXIS on Wednesday, 30 June 2021. These exams are still available at cost and can be scheduled at participating National Testing Centers.
POM EDUCATION CENTER TESTING CALENDAR (FY21)
Basic Skills Education Program (BSEP)
FAST consists of academic instruction designed to provide service members and their families the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to participate effectively in the workplace and in society. Instruction is designed to improve reading, mathematics, writing, speaking, science, and computer skills. Instruction is delivered in a number of ways including through the Online Academic Skills Course at www.nelnetsolutions.com/skillscourse; open entry/open exit high school completion/GED and English-as-a second language offered through our community adult schools for a nominal fee, in the day and/or evening.
Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC)Foreign Language Associate Degree Program
Service members who complete basic level language studies in residence at DLI earn 45 semester hours. By completing minimal additional general education requirements, students can earn an associate degree in the language studied. For more information visit www.dliflc.edu.
Additional Schools Links
Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Associate of Arts Degree Program
Servicemembers who complete language studies in residence at DLI earn 45 semester hours toward a college degree. By completing minimal additional general education requirements, students can earn an associate degree in the language studied. For more information visit our website.
Naval Postgraduate School
This academic institution emphasizes graduate study and research programs relevant to the Department of Defense, including national security affairs. DLI servicemembers can attend classes on a space available basis at no cost. For more information visit the NPS website.
Community College of the Air Force
The Air Force's community college offers associates in applied science in job-related disciplines to Airmen only. Airmen can visit the Air Force Virtual Education Center website to access their CCAF degree progress report as well access one-stop shopping for many higher education needs.
Monterey College of Law (Local College Partner)
A California State Bar accredited community law school offering a four-year program of instruction leading to a Doctor of Jurisprudence through an evening law school program.
Monterey Peninsula College (Local College Partner)
A two-year public community college offering a wide range of associate degree and certificate programs including an Associate of Arts in foreign language. Service members and family members pay in-state tuition rates their first year in California, making postsecondary schooling rates among the lowest in the nation. MPC is a Service Member's Opportunity College.
Excelsior College (Partner College)
A regionally accredited external degree program in New York State, with no residency requirement, that recognizes credits from accredited colleges, military experience, and college-level proficiency tests towards associate, baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Excelsior College degrees have been a popular option for Defense Language Institute graduates and for those who have accumulated credit from multiple sources and want to consolidate credit toward an area studies or liberal arts degree.
Chapman University (Partner College)
Chapman University offers nine-week, on-post classes at the Presidio of Monterey Education Center. The Chapman University extension in Monterey, a private institution, offers baccalaureate degrees in Liberal Studies, Organizational Leadership, Social Science and Psychology. Master’s degrees offered include Education, Special Education, Psychology and Human Resources, as well as various education-related credentials.
California State University Monterey Bay (Local College Partner)
An accredited, four-year state university covering the arts and sciences with graduate degrees, teaching credential programs, and 14 majors that include over 30 concentrations, CSUMB emphasizes applied learning, individualized study, global perspectives, and service learning on a residential campus that benefits from a diverse student population, modern facilities, and sophisticated technologies. Service Members and their families automatically qualify for California resident rates.
The Department of Defense has a uniform Tuition Assistance (TA) policy that provides financial assistance for voluntary off-duty education programs (Soldiers can obtain their TA benefit by accessing GoArmyEd.com). The POM Education Center provides tuition assistance counsel to all Service Members.
Department of Defense Student Loan Repayment Program
This enlistment incentive benefits all Service Members who contracted for this entitlement by repaying up to $65,000 of qualifying student loans. Eligible Service Members must take an active role in initiating loan repayment documents and ensuring loans remain in forbearance while being repaid by the government.
Federal, State and Private Aid
There are numerous ways to finance one's education. Ask your education professionals about in-state rates at public schools, grants, including the California Board of Governor's Grant, student loans, work-study programs, and scholarships.
Veterans Administration (VA) Education Benefits Program
Education Center counselors advise on the Montgomery GI Bill®, College Fund, Veteran's Education Assistance Program, Top-Up and other VA education benefits programs. These benefits support a variety of training including college studies, vocational schooling, apprenticeship/On the Job Training programs, correspondence study and more. Visit our website for a comprehensive review of benefits.