Education Center


Living in the United Kingdom offers unique opportunities for work, travel, sightseeing, and of course, shopping. We hope you will also take advantage of the opportunities to further your education during your stay. We have a dedicated team of professionals to assist you in your education endeavors.

Our Programs

Our schools have teamed up to give you a chance to earn everything from a certificate to a master's degree. Our education specialists and academic advisors provide a vital service to the community by advising and counseling service members and their families on degree programs designed to enhance career opportunities.

Schools Represented

<b>University of Maryland University College, Europe</b>
DSN: 314-268-3686
COMM: 01480843686

<b>Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University</b>
DSN: 314-226-2464
COMM: 01638522464

<b>University of Oklahoma</b>
DSN: 226-6186
COMM: 01638526186

Credentials & Certifications

The Community College of the Air Force recently launched the Air Force Credentialing Opportunities On-Line program. Air Force COOL is a pathway for enlisted Airmen to earn industry recognized professional certifications and licenses. Found on the Air Force Portal, Air Force COOL has a credential mapping of 642 professional certifications and licenses for 190 enlisted Air Force specialty codes. The credentials are at the national and state levels and from industry. Complete Air Force COOL program details, application procedures, eligibility requirements and AFSC listings are located on the Air Force Portal or on the Air Force COOL website.

The PMC is a professional credential awarded by CCAF to formally recognize a senior NCO’s professional accomplishments and advanced level of education and experience in leadership and management.  The program provides a structured professional development track that supplements Enlisted Professional Military Education (EPME) and the Career Field Education and Training Plan (CFETP).  To qualify for the PMC, the SNCO must:

1.  Possess the 7 skill-level (Craftsman) or higher in their primary AFSC;

2.  Complete ALS (In-residence or correspondence);

3.  Complete NCOA (In-residence or correspondence);

4.  Complete SNCOA (In-residence or correspondence);

5.  Complete 30 semester hours of leadership and/or management coursework;

     a. At least 6 semester hours of the coursework must be from an accredited civilian institution or by testing credit (CLEP/DANTES).

     b. Coursework must emphasize the fundamentals of leadership and/or management of human resources in one or more of the following subject areas:

        - Principles of Management
        - Personnel Management
        - Human Resource Management
        - Principles of Supervision
        - Organizational Behavior

6.  Possess a CCAF degree; and

7.  Be formally recommended for certification by the unit commander or commandant.

Individuals awarded the PMC will receive a certificate and the PMC will be reflected on their CCAF student record and official CCAF transcript.

Community College of the Air Force (CCAF)

Obtaining a Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) degree in your AFSC is a great way to further your Air Force career and help ensure success outside of the Air Force. CCAF has two graduation cycles - April and October - and the Education Center at RAF Alconbury holds a graduation ceremony once a year in May to recognize and honor those who have achieved their CCAF and other degrees from various institutions of higher education. The CCAF Advisor, is located at the RAF Alconbury Education Center and is available for CCAF counseling. Call 268-3895 to find out available times.

Tuition Assistance

If you have never used TA before, stop in at the Education Center to receive our initial TA brief. To apply, go to the Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC) via the AF Portal at and submit an electronic request for tuition assistance.  Your Supervisor details must also be up to date in the system to process a TA request. Turnaround time for approval is 48 hours. For any inquiries/guidance regarding Air Force TA please call the Education Center on 268-3306.

To apply for tuition assistance, log onto to and submit an electronic request. For any other Army-related educational matters, please contact the personnel listed below:

Dr. Jessica Stock, Army Education Counselor
SHAPE, Belgium
DSN: 423-8203
COMM: (32)6544-8203

Mr. Myron Myrick, Education Services Officer
SHAPE, Belgium
DSN: 423-8216
COMM:(32) 65448216

Complete TA Application form online 
Fax completed TA forms to Rota, Spain for approval.
Fax: (314) 727-2994
DSN: (314) 727-2798 or (314) 727-2785
Email: or

Fax completed TA forms to Rota, Spain, for approval.
Fax: (314) 727-2994
Phone: 727-2711

Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA)
The MyCAA program can be accessed through Military One Source.
The MyCAA program provides up to $4,000 (over 2 years) of financial assistance for military spouses who are pursuing degree programs, licenses or credentials leading to employment in portable career fields.

Important Points:
-Must finish program of study within 3 years and limited to associate’s degrees, certifications and licensures.
-Only available to spouses of active duty service members in pay grades E1-E5, W1-W2, and O1-O2.

Please go the MyCAA site to register and submit your request.

General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program
The General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program provides $2,000 grants to selected sons and daughters of active duty, Title 10 AGR/Reserve, Title 32 AGR performing full-time active duty, retired, retired reserve and deceased Air Force members; spouses of active duty members and Title 10 AGR/Reservists; and surviving spouses of deceased personnel for their undergraduate studies. This grant program remains competitive in its need-based selection criteria, uniquely tailored to recognize the proper weighing of family income and education cost factors, and is administered by ACT Scholarship and Recognition Services.

Enrollment can be in any school approved by US Department of Education for participation in Title IV programs at the undergraduate level and students must maintain at least a cumulative 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 grading scale.

The application deadline for the following academic year is 1st March of each year. Go to to access the Arnold Grant Program information and application.

In addition, all Arnold Grant applicants must provide supporting documents as part of their complete application --  these documents must either be faxed or scanned and attached to the online application as defined under procedures and instructions.  If you do not have access to a personal fax machine or scanner, please visit the Base Education Center or Airman and Family Readiness Center for assistance.

Career One Stop
-Department of Defense/Department of Labor resource. 
-Library for military spouse education, employment, and relocation information.
-Financial Aid and Scholarship detailed listing with links to multiple scholarships, grants  and other financial aid option.

For any questions or guidance regarding Financial Aid for all Services and civilians, please contact the Education Center on DSN: 268-3306/3895/3883.  Alternatively, please email the Education Center at


Testing is available Tuesdays and Thursdays at 0800 and 1300 or by appointment.  To make an appointment please call: 
DSN: 268-3306  
COMM: 01480843306

The UMUC National Test Center (NTC), located at the Alconbury Education Center, offers computer-based testing. With computer based testing you can get your results instantly. There are 38 DSST and 36 CLEP exams to choose from. Testing is Tuesdays and Thursdays at 0830 & 1330.

Wednesdays at 0930.
To register for an exam please visit the corresponding website listed below.

* Pearson Vue Exams must be scheduled online at
Under Regional Information click on "U.S. Service Members", then "Locate
Military Test Centers", then select the type of test you plan to take,
click on "Armed Forces, Europe & Other," then "US Military NTC UMUC -
Alconbury- DoD." Create your Pearson Vue Account and schedule your exam.

Proctoring for college tests is available through the NTC by appointment.

DSN (314) 268-3808    
COMM: 01480843808


Many programs are available for those interested in commissioning.  A quick guide to commissioning programs "Commissioning Programs at a Glance,"  is  included under the Helpful Links as well as the links to the websites for various commissioning programs.  The Education Center counselors are ready to provide guidance on choosing a program that is right for you.  Give us a call at 268-3306 to set up an appointment.

VA Benefits

Have questions regarding your GI Bill or Post 9/11?  Please contact the VA Benefits Advisor located at RAF Lakenheath at DSN: 226-2952 or COMM: 01638522952

Reserving Training Rooms

Any of our good quality training rooms at the Education Center can be reserved for use by any department for their training activities between 0800 and 1700, Mon – Fri.  We have 3 rooms that can be booked.  Classroom 1 can hold a maximum of 19 students, Classroom 2 can hold 25 and the Large Training Room can hold a maximum of 40 if desks are required for the training.All rooms have overhead PC linked projectors, Wi-Fi access and dry wipe whiteboards. Laptops can also be connected to the projector system.  All tables are collapsible if required and can be moved if necessary.To reserve a room or to discuss availability or your training requirements please call DSN: 268-3306 or COMM: 01480843306. You can also email your requirements/questions to

Building 678
DSN: 268-3306
​COMM: 01480843306

Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm
Last Wednesday of Every Month: 12-5pm
Federal Holidays: Closed
Family Days: Closed
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