The Education Center
Bldg 636 B. Rifle Range Road, Presidio of Monterey, 93944
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8am - 5pm, Friday 9am - 5pm. Closed daily 1pm -2pm.
Phone: (831) 242-5325
Fax: (831) 242-6817
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.
- ArmyIgnitEd - www.armyignited.com
- VA Education Benefits - www.gibill.va.gov
- Post 9/11 GI Bill Transfer - www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect
- Kuder Journey - www.dantes.kuder.com
- Joint Services Transcript (JST) - https://jst.doded.mil
- Army Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) - https://www.cool.osd.mil/army/
- Peterson's Test Preparation- www.petersons.com/dod
- DLIFLC AA Degree Office - www.dliflc.edu
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.
- Armed Forces Classification Test (AFCT)
- Selection Instrument for Flight Training (SIFT)
- Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE)
- DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
- Air University Firefighter Exams
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.
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
- Naval Postgraduate School
- California State University Monterey Bay
- Middlebury Institute of International Studies
- Monterey College of Law
- Monterey Peninsula College
- Brandman University
- Golden Gate University
- Excelsior College
- Hartnell College