EDUCATION AND TRAINING CENTERThe Education and Training Center is in a modern facility complemented by a professional staff committed to guiding military members, family members and civilian employees into academic areas, vocationaltechnical and special interest courses, undergraduate or graduate degree programs, counseling and testing services, and military and civilian training. On-base educational and training opportunities prepare people for the future, encouraging them to learn and be leaders within their chosen career fields.Professional educational counseling services are available to ensure each student’s preparation is relevant to the needs of the military, government and the transition to a civilian career. The center maintains active contact with several internal and external government agencies, as well as colleges and universities, to provide resources and support for the wide range of programs represented on base. Counselors provide assistance to Airmen preparing for commissioning programs, professional military education and Air University (i.e., AWC, ACSC, NCOA).Extensive testing services allow individuals to earn college credit, gain college admission, attain professional certification, and determine interests and aptitudes. Seventy standardized tests have been designed by the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support (DANTES). These tests are available to measure the college-level knowledge and competence a person has gained through work experience or independent reading and study from college and university course material.Individuals may pursue undergraduate degree programs through the on-base university in the Education and Training Center, whose programs are equal in quality and content to programs offered on resident campuses. There are also institutions in the local community, as well as hundreds of online degree programs available. Active-duty military members may qualify for tuition assistance funding, whereby 100 percent of tuition costs are paid, subject to the availability of funds and other conditions. Veterans Affairs funding, GI Bill, Pell Grant scholarships and loan information may be obtained at the center.The education center is in Building 1240 and may be reached at 406-731-3531, DSN 632-3531, or via email at [email protected] Hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed holidays and family days.COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF THE AIR FORCEThe Community College of the Air Force is a regionally accredited member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and offers two-year associate in applied science degrees to enlisted members of the Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard.Degrees are offered in every Air Force specialty by combining Air Force technical, management and selected general education off-duty college courses. Up to 30 semester credits may also be obtained by successfully passing DANTES and CLEP subject and general tests. The base education center serves as the pivotal point of contact in all matters pertaining to CCAF, including formal registration, course advisement and degree completion requirements.Graduation ceremonies are conducted each spring and fall. For more information, visit www.airuniversity.af.mil/Barnes/CCAF.PARK UNIVERSITYPark University Malmstrom Campus Center offers associate and baccalaureate degree completion programs for active-duty military members, veterans, dependents, federal employees and civilians. The associate degrees offered are: criminal justice administration, information and computer science, management, management/accounting, management/logistics and social psychology. The bachelor degrees offered are: criminal justice administration, information and computer science, management, management/accounting, management/computer information systems, management/finance, management/healthcare, management/human resources, management/logistics, management/marketing, social psychology, early childhood education and leadership, public administration and interdisciplinary studies. Park also offers several AU-ABC programs for students who have completed the requirements for their CCAF, which guarantees a minimum of 60 transfer credits accepted toward a bachelor degree. All courses fulfilling the requirements of these degrees are presented at the education center or online and allow a student continuous enrollment for the completion of an associate degree within two years and a baccalaureate degree in four years. Courses are scheduled within five accelerated eight-week terms, with classes scheduled in the evenings and daytime. Park University originated in Parkville, Missouri, and has 38 military resident centers across the continental U.S. Park University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.The Malmstrom Campus Center is located in Room 114 of Building 1240.Additionally, the Park University Malmstrom Campus Center is a National Testing Center for DSST and CLEP tests. Testing times and days are 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Park University Malmstrom Campus can be contacted at 406-761-7540.OTHER COLLEGE-LEVEL OPPORTUNITIESThere are many other educational opportunities available to Malmstrom members in the local community. Some of these include Providence University (406-761-8210), Great Falls College- Montana State University (406-771-4300) and Montana State University-Northern (406-265-3700). Tuition assistance is available for these schools. More information is available by contacting each respective institution.
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