Bldg. 323C, Rm 222
Offutt AFB, NE 68113-4015
Hours of Operation:
Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.*
*Open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. every 2nd Friday of the month due to training.
Chief of Education & Training Services:
Education Section Staff: Rm. 222
Bellevue University: Rm. 218
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: Rm. 218
Metropolitan Community College: Rm. 218
University of Oklahoma: Rm. 218
University of Nebraska at Omaha: Rm. 218
WAPS Testing: Rm. 109
CDC/PME Testing: Rm. 127
Off-duty Education Customer Service Desk: Rm. 222
IMPORTANT NEWS FOR STUDENTS UTILIZING MILITARY TUITION ASSISTANCE (MilTA):
If you are pursuing voluntary education funded by Military Tuition Assistance (MilTA), the primary MilTA management systems are experiencing sporadic and intermittent access issues for students and education staff. There is currently no ETA for resolution. Please ensure you attempt to apply for MilTA funding as early and as often as possible within the 45-day MilTA submission window. Systems are up and down so persistence is essential. If you are approaching the 7-day MilTA Funding NLT submission deadline and are still experiencing problems, please contact the Offutt Education Center at 294-5716 or 24/7 at firstname.lastname@example.org to communicate problems and to discuss possible options. Starting a class without an approved MilTA Funding document is at the member's own risk and could result in the student paying for course.
Education and Training
The Education and Training Section supports long-range Air Force goals for maintaining a high-quality force by providing educational opportunities to enhance professional and personal development of our Airmen. We provide Air Force Tuition Assistance for degree completion ranging from the CCAF Associate degree to graduate degrees. We have 6 academic institutions on base to provide to a variety of degree programs for our personnel. We administer testing services for Airmen enrolled in the non-resident Professional Military Education programs , Career Development Courses, Promotion Testing, non-linguist language testing (DLPT, DLAB), specialized testing (AFOQT, AFCT, ACT, SAT, etc), and CLEP/DSST tests offered through our on-base DANTES National Test Center. The Education and Training Section also provides academic and vocational counselling, information on funding education (GI Bill and other sources) for military personnel, family members, DOD civilians, retirees, and other beneficiaries.
The Voluntary Education Program is to provide and fund educational opportunities and services that enhance professional and personal development during an Airman’s career. The Air Force uses this program for recruitment and retention as well as readiness.
Front Counter Services
The Education Front Counter supports a wide variety of customer service functions. This is your main point of contact for all your On-Duty or Off Duty education needs and concerns. Please see us for any education issue or question you may have. Here are some of the items we can assist you with!
• Tuition Assistance (TA) and Degree Plans
• TA Alternatives and College Financial Aid Assistance
• Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) Advisement and Completion or Progress Report (Web PR)
• GI Bill (Post 911 and Montgomery Era) Kicker Program
• Counseling Appointments for CCAF, GI Bill, or College Questions
• Professional Military Enrollment (PME) SRNCOA-NCOA-ALS
• Test Scheduling: All PME, ACT, SAT, PRAXIS
• AF Virtual Education Center for In-Processing or Out Processing
• MILPDS and SURF Updates for Education Levels, Codes, and Progress
• On-Base Schools Information (Traditional Classroom or On-Line Learning)
Scholarships for Outstanding Airman to ROTC (SOAR) offers active duty enlisted personnel the opportunity to earn a commission who can complete all bachelor degree and commissioning requirements in 2 to 4 years as an Air Force ROTC cadet. Read below for details.
Are you in the process of putting together a Commissioning package under the Scholarships For Outstanding Airman To ROTC (SOAR) program? If so, email your completed application to the Base Education Center email@example.com no later than September 15, 2017.
For program information, applicant requirements, selection process, eligibility and the application process, visit the AFROTC website at http://www.au.af.mil/au/holmcenter/AFROTC/EnlistedComm/SOAR.asp
Candidates will send their packages to the Base Education Center at firstname.lastname@example.org who will then send SOAR packages electronically to the MAJCOM Functional Management Email Org Box: AFPC.DPSST.Workflow@us.af.mil NLT September 15, 2017. Please use this structure in the subject line: SOAR Package_Applicant Name_Base Name. Further guidance provided below:
· Scan all documents to a single PDF Document.
· ALL waiver requests were due to HQ AFROTC/RRUE No Earlier Than (NET) July 1 and No Later Than (NLT) August 1, 2017.
· Each MAJCOM/FOA/DRU (and the Small Units board) submits the nomination packages for their SOAR winners NLT October 15 each year to HQ AFROTC/RRUE. Late packages or late waiver requests will not be accepted.
NOTE: Applicants are ultimately responsible for the completeness and accuracy of their package.
Between now and Sept. 30, military service member students who have not passed their first attempt at a DSST exam will be eligible for one free retake! The exam retake wait period has also been shortened to 30 days! This promotion does not apply to the Principles of Public Speaking exam. Voucher codes must be redeemed by Dec. 31. Call 294-5716 to learn more!
Read the August 2017 Education & Training newsletter. Click here.
Civilian Developmental Education
Civilian Developmental Education (CDE) programs offer a variety of learning opportunities! For more information on CDE opportunities, visit http://www.afpc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1153577/civilian-developmental-education-helps-grow-tomorrows-leaders or https://mypers.af.mil and select “Civilian Development” on the Civilian Employee dropdown menu.
FY 17 MILTA CLASSES & CONTINUING RESOLUTION: Students will be able to apply for MILTA for FY 17 but must acknowledge that should funds not be available, they are responsible for covering the cost of the course(s). These are the same procedures as last year. Updates will be provided later this month as more information becomes available.
MILTA SIGNATURE ISSUE: There have been instances where AF members have signed off on TA requests, approving the document as their own supervisor. This is forbidden and is falsification of records and is very serious. AFI 36-2649, para 2.6.7, explicitly expressed that all TA requests must be approved by the Airman's supervisor (or anyone in the Airmen's chain to include First Sergeant/Unit Commander if supervisor was not available). Air Force is providing listings to bases identifying assigned Airman whose education records have been flagged for this infraction. Education Centers are tasked to contact commanders with this information for their awareness/action and to notify the respective Airmen. So far, Offutt has not had any Airmen identified.
CIVILIAN FORCE DEVELOPMENT TUITION ASSISTANCE
Please read below the guidelines for career field related TA for off-duty Education; each career field has it own informational process--this applies only to Force Development career path:
1. The Air Force TA reimbursement is set at 75% of tuition costs (not to exceed $250 per semester hour or $166.67 per quarter hour) and is limited to a maximum of $4,500 per fiscal year per employee. Requests are prioritized on a FIRST COME/FIRST SERVED basis according to the class start date.
2. For DoD civilians, TA is only provided for courses that are job or mission related. Each course funded must have a direct/immediate impact to your job, skills, and unit mission. On the SF 182, Section B, Block 18, titled "Training Objective," it's important you define the course very precisely and clearly as it relates to your job and the unit mission.
3. BEFORE STARTING ANY COURSE, the employee must have an approved funding request in AFVEC.
4. The following documents listed below are required for each course. Incomplete packages will be RETURNED WITHOUT ACTION (RWOA):
a. The SF 182 must be signed by the supervisor.
b. Course description from academic institution (screen shot is acceptable).
c. Current tuition rate from academic institution (screen shot is acceptable). How much the course cost per semester hour
or quarter hour.
d. Current Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) Agreement for each course.
All required TA documents can be located on the Force Support SharePoint site under Libraries, click on the file titled Tuition Assistance Information. The Force Support CFT SharePoint link: https://cs3.eis.af.mil/sites/26999/default.aspx.
5. Please submit your e-mail requests or questions on TA to the Force Support Career Field Group box: email@example.com. Please include Tuition Assistance in the subject line. Please submit only one TA package (course request documents) per e-mail.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact Bob Fishback, AFPC/DP2LPS, DSN: 665-5799. Commercial: (210) 565-5799.
If your TDY is centrally funded, “TDY to School” will process your request, load the fund site in DTS and reply to you directly (from the 902nd CTPS) by Email as to how to do your orders. For assistance, contact Terry Martin (294-9976) or Robert Albano (294-6555).
Transition GPS Program
The purpose of the Higher Education Track of the Transition Goals, Plans, Success (GPS) program is to guide individuals through the variety of decisions involved in choosing a degree completion program, college institution, and funding. It also is designed to assist individuals in completing the admissions process, in order to facilitate creation of a customized plan for a successful transition to a higher education institution.
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A - Pre-Separation Counseling & Assessment Introduce Service Member to full range of programs and services.
B - E-Benefits Registration Provide Service members, Veterans, and their family’s access to benefits, information, other services, and support.
C - Join Reserves Afford Service member to continue their military service in a Reserve Component.
D - Financial Planning Provide information and tools needed to identify financial responsibilities, obligations, and goals after separation from the military.
E - MOC Crosswalk Translates military skills, training, and experience into credentialing appropriate for civilian jobs.
F - VA Benefits I & II Inform transitioning Service members of their Veterans benefits options.
G - DOL Employment Workshop Address the nine key factors that contribute to a successful employment transition.
H - Education Track Service members pursuing college education will receive guidance to prepare for the college application process. The Education track addresses such topics as identifying one’s educational goals, education funding, and researching and comparing institutions.
I - Technical Training Track Service members pursuing further technical training will receive guidance and help in selecting schools and technical fields.
J - Entrepreneurship Track Service members pursuing self-employment in the private or non-profit sector will learn about the challenges faced by entrepreneurs, the benefits and realities of entrepreneurship, and the steps toward business ownership.
K - Capstone Service members will attend Capstone which validates and verifies that the service member is prepared to be successful following their military service by producing documentation that they meet all Career Readiness Standards.