Baumholder Education Center
Smith Barracks, Building 8332, Next to Iron Works Library
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About Baumholder Education Center
Army Education Counselor
Available Monday-Friday 0800-1700
CIV: +49 (0) 6783 68893
Army Testing Examiner
Available Tuesday-Thursday 0800-1700
CIV: +49 (0) 6783 66452
Multifunctional Learning Facility/Computer Lab
Available Monday-Friday 0800-1700
CIV: +49 (0) 6783 66484
FAST Instructor/Admin/Counselor Aide
Available Monday-Friday 0800-1700
*Baumholder Education Center is closed on all US Federal Holidays and USAREUR Training Holidays,
as well as everyday from 1200-1300.
How Can We Help You?
Army Education Centers have professionally trained counselors available to provide educational and career counseling services for the entire community. A Virtual Counseling System (VCS) workstation is used when a counselor is not available. Students can reach an education counselor anywhere in Europe using this state-of-the-art video telephony technology and dialing DSN telephone numbers. Counselors can also show soldiers how to navigate through the GoArmyEd Portal. GoArmyEd.com is the virtual gateway for Soldiers on active duty to request Tuition Assistance (TA) online anytime for classroom and distance learning college courses.
FAST, Functional Academic Skills Training, classes are offered several times a year for Soldiers desiring to raise their GT score. FAST classes are on duty 60 hour courses held Monday-Friday.
Currently Taking Enrollment forms for the next FAST Class:
4 January-26 January 2016 from 1300-1700
Post-TABE held on 27 January at 0830
Tuition Assistance & Financial Aid Options
Tuition Assistance (TA)
The Army TA program provides financial assistance towards tuition costs for Soldiers enrolled in off-duty courses offered by accredited college or university. The total amount of tuition assistance for the fiscal year (Oct - Sept) is $4,000; $250 per credit hour. Soldiers will be eligible to use TA after successful completion of their first year of service after graduating from BCT, AIT, OCS, or BOLC (whichever is latest). Exception - soldiers OCONUS may use TA for host nation language courses even if they have not met the one year service requirement for TA usage - NO OTHER COURSES MAY BE TAKEN until one year has been met. Soldiers can use TA for a post-Bachelor's degree after completing 10 years* of service.
SERVICE MEMBERS MUST ENROLL THROUGH GoArmyEd IN ORDER TO REQUEST ARMY TUITION ASSISTANCE.
To learn more about tuition assistance and enroll visit www.GoArmyEd.com or visit the Education Center.
*Soldiers are only required to adhere to this requirement if TA was utilized for any portion of the undergraduate coursework.
Post 9/11 GI Bill
The amount of education benefits depends on the date of entrance and the conditions under which the individual entered active duty. Additional payment of $600 to enhance a Soldier's MGIB by $150 per month can be made. Contact the VA for specific details and information about qualifications.
Baumholder VA Advisor: Kelly Griffitt, Building 8670, Smith Barracks,
DSN: 485-6984 CIV: 06783-6-6984
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available at your education center (or apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov ).
Spouse Education Assistance
The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program provides up to $4,000 (over 2 years) of Financial Assistance for military spouses (to those that qualify) who are pursuing degree programs, licenses, or credentials leading to employment in portable career fields.
Central Texas College (CTC)
CTC offers an A.A in Applied Science Degree, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Professions, Legal Assistant, Automotive Mechanic/Technician and Microsoft Certification Program.
For more information on Central Texas College-Europe please visit www.europe.ctcd.edu or see the Baumholder representative at the education center.
University of Maryland University College- Europe (UMUC)
UMUC offers general studies and management. BA/BS: offers a comprehensive program w/c features courses from man academic descriptions via distance education. Graduate degrees in public administration, counseling, MIT and MIS.
For more information on UMUC-Europe please visit www.ed.umuc.edu or see the Baumholder representative at the education center.
*Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU)
ERAU offers Certificates, AS, BS, and MS degrees in Aviation Maintenance, Professional Aeronautics and Aeronautical Science, Technical Management and Management.
*ERAU is located at Ramstein Air Base and may be contacted at DSN: 480-5755 or CIV: 0637-147-5755.
*University of Oklahoma (UO)
UO offers a Master of Human Relations, Master of Arts w/ an emphasis in International Relations and a PHD program in organizational leadership.
*UO is located at Ramstein Air Base and may be contacted at DSN: 480-6807 or CIV: 0637-147-6807.
**Additional majors and concentrations for all academic institutions are available online through their direct website.
College classes are available in a face-to-face (traditional) format and online. Most face-to-face undergraduate classes usually meet twice a week in the evening for 3 hours, for a total of 8 weeks; lunchtime and weekend classes are also offered. Online undergraduate classes are usually available anytime, any day through the service member's home school's portal.
Certificates and Associate's Degree
Certificates and Associates Degrees are offered by three academic institutions in Kaiserslautern in a face-to-face format; CTC, ERAU, and UMUC-E. The certificate usually requires 15-32 semester hours of credit while the associates degree program requires 60-65 semester hours of completed credit. Service members can also take courses for these degree progams online.
Bachelor's Degrees are offered by CTC, ERAU, and UMUC in face-to-face format in Kaiserslautern. These colleges offer lower and upper level courses leading towards a bachelor's degree. A bachelor's degree requires a minimum of 120 semester hours. Service members can also take courses for this degree program online.
There are three academic institutions offering face-to-face graduate programs in Kaiserslautern; University of Oklahoma, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and University of Maryland University College. Service members can also take courses for this degree program online.
**Please check with your Education Counselor/Aide and/or home school to determine course and degree program availability!**
DANTES and College Testing
Tests include the ACT and SAT. ACT and SAT are administered at Rhine Ordnance Barracks. ACT and SAT tests are not currently available at Baumholder.
No tests will be given without an appointment and we prefer 2 week notice. Please call 485-8893 to speak to a counselor about testing.
All proctored exams are done at Ramstein Nation Testing Center. For information and to schedule a proctored exam, contact the testing center at DSN: 480-3085 or CIV: 0637-147-3085, or email at email@example.com
Army Personnel Testing
Army tests available: TABE, ASVAB, AFCT, DLAB, DLPT, OPI and SIFT. Talk to an education counselor to check eligibility, requirements, scores, time limits, and required forms.
Testing in Baumholder takes place at the Army Education Center, Smith Barracks, Building 8332, 2nd floor. Please call 485-8893 to speak to a counselor about testing. Service members need a DA 4187 prior to testing.
Joint Services Transcript
Joint Services Transcript (JST) is an Army transcript available to all service members; free of charge. Transcripts can be sent via US Postal Service or E-mail; service members can also download an unofficial copy for their own records.
Credentialing Opportunities On-Line
Use Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) to find civilian credentials related to your Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).
Provides over 1,500 online courses, 24/7, at no cost to eligible individuals.
Officer Candidate School
A GT score of at least 110; minimum of 90 college credits; and SAT or ACT are among the requirements for the Officer Candidate School (OCS).
Service Members Opportunity Colleges-Army Degrees
Service Members Opportunity Colleges- Army Degrees (SOCAD) are colleges and universities dedicated to helping service members and their families earn associate and baccalaureate degrees.
Troops to Teachers
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