Education & Training

Location:
Bldg. 323C, Rm 222
Offutt AFB, NE 68113-4015
(402) 294-5716
DSN: 271-5716

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:
Randy Coleman

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

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.

Mission Statement
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)


Big Tent Education Fair, 294-5716

Big Tent Event Education Fair
Representatives from the Education Center, on-base schools and other agencies will be available to answer questions about various education programs at the Big Tent Event, being held in the Exchange parking lot on July 12 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Refreshments and school giveaways will also be available.

Physical and Digital Library Resources, 294-5716

Physical & Digital Library Resources
Did you know that Air Force personnel doing research or leisure reading have digital and physical reading resources at their fingertips? Click here to learn more!

Education & Training Newsletter
Check out the April 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: afpc.forcesupport.cft@us.af.mil. 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.


Formal Training

TDYtoSchool

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

Transition GPS Graphic

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.

Click here to view future class dates.


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.