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FORT JACKSON EDUCATION CENTER                                      

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To vigorously promote lifelong learning opportunities to sharpen the competitive edge of the Army in providing and managing quality self-development programs and services. We are committed to provide professional educational counseling services and guidance on our educational programs to support individual military and/or civilian career goals while stationed at Fort Jackson and surrounding areas.

 Education Services and programs are available at the Education Center and Multi-Use Learning Facility (MLF), Building #4600. (Note: the Army Continuing Education System has temporarily moved to 5450 Strom Thurmond Blvd., Room 128)

Active duty Soldiers, retirees, Department of Army Civilians (DAC) and their adult Family members may receive counseling, information about financial aid, on-post adult educational programs, and enrollment processes in selected programs.


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Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Army Education Center provides assistance to Soldiers and their adult Family Members in developing long and short term educational/professional plans for personal development and growth. Education Counselors are available to assist with assessing strengths and promoting opportunities for growth based on interests and experience. On a daily basis, Education Counselors work with Soldiers on getting set up for and using their Tuition Assistance through the ArmyIgnitED portal, in-processing, out-processing, GI Bill questions, financial aid opportunities, local and non-local college information, degree plan options,and more. If it is related to college education, bring it to the Education Center and get questions answered.

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Tuition Assistance

The Tuition Assistance (TA) Program provides financial assistance for voluntary off-duty civilian education programs in support of a Soldier's professional and personal self-development goals. TA is a Public Law that is implemented by Department of Defense (DOD) Directive and DOD Instruction, and all Soldiers (officers, warrant officers, enlisted) on active duty, Army National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers on active duty (pursuant to U.S. Code Title 10 or Title 32), and TPU Soldiers are authorized to participate in the TA program. Tuition assistance pays up to $250 per credit hour, a maximum of 16 semester hours or $4,000 per fiscal year. Soldiers new to tuition assistance and credentialing assistance must attend the mandatory ArmyIgnitED 101 briefing and complete an initial counseling with an education center counselor prior to the approval of an education goal. ArmyIgnitED 101 briefings are available in-person and via MS Teams. Please contact the education center at usarmy.jackson.93-sig-bde.mbx.dhr-jacksonedcenter@army.mil for more information on attending a briefing.

Soldiers are now required to enter the term dates on the TA requests, this may be different than the course start date. Please contact your academic institution to ensure you have the correct dates prior to submitting your request. Soldiers are NOT eligible for TA for a course with term end dates less than 60 days from their separation date. FY24 requests are subject to the availability of funds.

IMPORTANT: Soldiers may submit TA requests up to 60 days prior to the course start date but MUST submit the request no later than seven days prior to the course start date. TA requests created by a counselor or TA request that had the course information updated must be signed by the Soldier. Soldiers will receive two reminder messages requiring their signature on any TA request. If the TA request has not been signed within 30 days after the term start date, the unsigned TAR will be deleted by the ArmyIgnitED system. Soldiers may be responsible for any or all charges incurred from their academic institution.

ArmyIgnitED 101 Briefing dates: 

  • April 8 (via MS Teams)
  • April 10 (9810 Liberty Div. Road, Room 101)
  • April 22 (via MS Teams)
  • April 24 (9810 Liberty Div. Road, Room 101)
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Credentialing Assistance


Credentialing Assistance (CA) is available to Soldiers through ArmyIgnitED. CA can be used to pursue courses and exams for over 1,500 credentials, certifications and licenses. Soldiers can request CA funding for any credential listed in Army Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL):   https://www.cool.osd.mil/army/index.html.  Funding for CA is limited by TA usage; Soldiers are allotted $4,000 for the combined usage of TA/CA per fiscal year. As of Oct. 13, 2021, Commissioned Officers and Warrant Officers will no longer incur a two-year military service obligation for using CA. Soldiers new to credentialing assistance must attend the mandatory CA briefing held every 2nd and 4th Thursday at 10am via MS Teams. Please contact the education center at usarmy.jackson.93-sig-bde.mbx.dhr-jacksonedcenter@army.mil for more information on attending a briefing.

IMPORTANT: Soldiers may submit CA requests up to 90 days before the class start date but MUST submit the requests no later than 45 days prior to the class start date." 

Request a Virtual Credentialing Assistance Counseling session at:​​​​​​https://www.cool.osd.mil/army/costs_and_funding/index.html?credentialingassistance  


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Testing Center



AM Start Time

Max Capacity

PM Start Time

Max Capacity

Monday DLPT 8 a.m. 7 1 p.m.  
Tuesday DLAB/MISC 8 a.m. 7  None  
Wednesday TABE 8 a.m. 8 1 p.m. 8
Thursday SIFT/MISC 8 a.m. 7 None  
Friday AFCT 8 a.m. 7 1 p.m.  


Testing schedule may change without advance notice. Please call the education center to schedule your exam.

** (OPI) Oral Proficiency Interview scheduled on "as needed" basis. 

A confirmed registration and a DA 4187 is required for exams. Arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled exam to in-process.

Soldiers may require a NIPR account to test; therefore all Soldiers must come to the Education Center at least two (2) days before the actual testing date to confirm your Common Access Card (CAC) works on the testing system.

 **The DLPT, AFCT, SIFT, OPI and DLAB require a completed Department of Army (DA) 4187 form noting the name of the exam. The DA 4187 must be “digitally signed” by both the Soldier and the Soldier’s Commander with their CAC and submitted to the Education Center prior to the day of testing.

Email usarmy.jackson.93-sig-bde.mbx.dhr-jacksonedcenter@army.mil to request the appropriate testing form

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National Test Center

Midlands Technical College On-Base Test Center                                                                                                            (803) 738-7897
Education Center - Room 110

Placement Testing, to include the CLEP Exam, is available by appointment only during the times listed below. Schedule an appointment HERE.


Start Time

Latest Start Time

End Time

Monday 9 a.m. 3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. 3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. Noon 1 p.m.





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Colleges On Post


Degrees Offered

Midlands Technical College

(803) 782-3213

Associate in Criminal Justice

Associate in Management

University of South Carolina

(803) 576-7656

(803) 576-7655

General Educational Requirements

Associate of Arts

Associate of Science

Webster University

(803) 738-0603

(803) 386-7183

Graduate Degrees in:

Business Administration

Business and Organizational Security Management

Information Technology

Human Resource Management

Management and Leadership




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Basic Skills Education Program (BSEP)

BSEP provides sessions to help Soldiers master mathematical, reading and writing skills required by their Army jobs. Sometimes the BSEP Program is often referred to as Functional Academic Skills Training (FAST) or GT Improvement.

BSEP/FAST serves as the Commander's primary on-duty education programs. While on duty, it is an opportunity for Soldiers to study and increase their education skills. Upon completion, Soldiers can re-take various Army personnel tests that can assist in changing MOS fields, apply for opportunities in programs such as Officer Candidate School, Warrant Officer School, Green-to-Gold, the Physician Assistant (PA) Program and other career advancing opportunities.

BSEP and GT Improvement classes are currently postponed until further notice. Please enroll in the Online Academic Skills Course program for instruction. The OASC is a free online program that can be used to improve basic math, reading comprehension and vocabulary skills and is available for use. These skills are on the Armed Forces Classification Test (AFCT) to determine your GT score. Family members and DOD civilians are also eligible to use the interactive lessons included in the program. The program may be accessed at https://dantes.petersons.com.

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Useful Links

Education & Tuitions Assistance: HTTPS://WWW.ARMYIGNITED.ARMY.MIL/STUDENT


Joint Services Transcript: HTTPS://JST.DODED.MIL/

Veterans Affairs Education Page (GI BILL): HTTP://WWW.BENEFITS.VA.GOV/GIBILL




Foreign Evaluation Services: HTTPS://WWW.NACES.ORG/ , HTTP://AICE-EVAL.ORG/




Occupational Outlook Handbook: HTTPS://WWW.ONETONLINE.ORG/



Online Academic Skills Course (OASC): HTTPS://DANTES.PETERSONS.COM


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