Education Programs

Education Programs

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Interested in learning more about starting or continuing your education? We can help! Our mission is to enrich the quality of the entire military community by providing you with a broad range of high-quality personal and professional learning opportunities. Please click on the picture to the left to watch our short video describing the educational programs and services available at your MCCS Personal & Professional Education Program. We look forward to serving you!

Testing Programs and Services

Free testing services are provided to active duty Service members and include: DANTES (Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support), and Armed Forces Classification exams. Family members, Service members, retirees, and authorized civilians are eligible for educational college exam proctoring, as well as National Testing Center Services. See Testing Services.

Educational Counseling

Academic counseling is provided for active-duty Service members, family members, retirees and DoD civilians. Qualified staff will guide you through degree programs, course offerings, military learning for college credit, Tuition Assistance, VA benefits, and everything related to achieving your educational and career goals. If you are unsure of your academic career path, we can assist you in assessing your individual strengths and talents to help you find a fitting academic direction for success.

Graduation Ceremony Participation

If you graduated or will graduate from a regionally or nationally accredited school, between the dates of August  and May, you are invited to participate in the MCAS Cherry Point Graduation ceremony. Graduation Registration Form.

Higher Education Preparation (HEP) Course

Per MARADMIN 040/16, beginning January 2016, the new requirement for all first-time tuition assistance applicants is the Higher Education Preparation (HEP) Course. This course is replacing College 101 and can be accessed via Joint Knowledge Online (JKO) website. Marines will provide a copy of the course completion certificate to the Education Office, who will  verify completion and record in the Web Tuition Assistance portal. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 252-466-3500.

Marine Corps COOL

COOL (Credentialing Opportunities On-Line ) explains how Marines can meet civilian certification and license requirements  related to their Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs), and provides links to numerous resources to help you get started.

Marine Corps COOL

Afloat Education

The Marine Corps Afloat Education Program provides undergraduate level courses to Marines aboard ship.  These programs are provided by Park University utilizing Marine instructors. 

252-466-2655

Tools for Advanced Manufacturing

The Tools for Advanced Manufacturing for Veterans (TAMV) class provides Veterans with the opportunity to learn skills applicable to careers in the manufacturing industry. It also teaches participants how to transfer their military skills and experience onto their resume in language that is recognized by the manufacturing industry. The ultimate goal for this program is to prepare participants for careers and connect them with career opportunities in North Carolina. Upon completion participants will receive the following certifications and certificates, as well as awareness to skills sets that lead to employment in various different industries:

  • Innovation Design that Creates Opportunities to Develop Solutions
  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certificate
  • OSHA 30-Hour Industrial Safety Certification
  • Forklift Operator Certification
  • Precision Measurement in Manufacturing
  • Composite Technology Awareness
  • Welding Certification Awareness
  • National Career Readiness Certification
  • Resume Enhancement and Interviewing Skills
  • Personal Style and Preference Awareness and how is applies to the workplace
  • Speed Interviews

This program is FREE for Veterans and Service members. There is an optional $30 fee if participants would like to take the Care. For additional information and class dates and times, contact Kim Zaccardelli at (252) 444-6013 or zaccardk@cravencc.edu.

Class meets Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm

VA Education Benefits

The purpose of VA Education Benefits is to provide educational assistance for the readjustment of Service members to civilian life after their separation from military service. The Education department can help you navigate differences between the Montgomery GI Bill and the Post-9/11 GI Bill and help determine what GI Bill benefit is right for you. For further information, visit the official GI Bill website.

Military Academic Skills Program(MASP)

Thanks to our partnership with Craven Community College, the Military Academic Skills Program (MASP) is available.  MASP is a FREE three-week educational program for active-duty Service members, with an overall objective of improving the competencies of active duty enlisted personnel in the academic skills of reading, mathematics, communications, and writing. A Service member who successfully completes MASP will return to his or her command better prepared to perform and enhance the military mission. Increasing one’s academic skills allows for increased opportunity within the military, such as qualifying for additional Military Occupational Specialties (MOS), Warrant Officer Programs, and a number of other service connected programs to name a few.  The MASP program is administered by Craven Community College aboard MCAS Cherry Point in the Jerry Marvel Training & Education Building, 4335.  A minimum of 10 students is required in order for classes to be provided.

MASP Class Schedule

To register or for a class schedule,  please call (252) 466-3500 or visit the Personal and Professional Development Education Program Office located in the Jerry Marvel Training & Education Building 4335, Room 109.

The MASP is also available to military family members and civilians as space allows. There is a fee for all non-active duty participants, and registration must be completed with Mrs. Kim Zaccardelli , Craven Community College, zaccardk@cravencc.edu, 252-444-6013.

Mon-Fri, 7:30a-4:30p with lunch from 11:30a-12:30p

Start Date
August 7 to 25, 2017
September 11 to 29, 2017
October 16 to November 3, 2017
January 22 to February 9, 2018
March 12 to 30, 2018
April 9 to 27, 2018
May 7 to 25, 2018
June 4 to 22, 2018

Online Academic Skills Course (OASC)

OASC is a program designed to assist Service members in building their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and math skills. OASC assists individuals who want to excel in their jobs, advance their careers, continue their education, and build testing competency. This is a web-based course that can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To get started, visit OASC.

Joint Services Transcript (JST)

JST provides Service members with a consolidated record of all their military learning experiences including courses, examinations and military occupations. Official transcripts are provided recommending college credit for military education and are recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE). The actual type and amount of credit awarded will depend on the policies of the college or university you attend and your academic goal. Request an official transcript or update your transcript.

Service Member Opportunity Colleges Marine Corps (SOCMAR)

SOCMAR is a contract-for-degree agreement between the college and the student at the Associate and Bachelor degree levels. In order for the contract to be fulfilled, the student must complete 25% of their degree with the college. SOCMAR also guarantees the transfer of courses between SOCMAR member colleges. Agreements are available to active duty and their spouses. Please visit Colleges & Universities for colleges aboard MCAS. For further information, please visit SOCMAR.

United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP)

The mission of the United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) is to enable active duty military members to achieve a Department of Labor (DOL) registered Apprenticeship Certificate of Completion. USMAP requires no off duty hours. It combines on-the-job training and related technical instruction to allow members to achieve status as a journeyman in their MOS field, enhancing job skills and showing motivation for more challenging military assignments. In addition, completing The USMAP is a definite advantage in getting better civilian jobs since employers know the value of apprenticeships. For further information, visit the official USMAP website.

Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)

The DANTES vision is to be a leader in expanding quality voluntary education opportunities and services to Service members and veterans. DANTES mission is to create, direct, and manage superior education solutions designed to enrich Service members and veterans by providing leadership and support through effective partnerships across the Department of Defense and education community. For further information, visit DANTES.

Leadership Scholar Program (LSP)

LSPThe Leadership Scholar Program is a partnership between your university/college and the U.S. Marine Corps. LSP assists Marines in gaining admission to over 200 universities/colleges around the country. Download LSP brochure.

LSP Requirements:

  • You must be an active duty or reserve Marine who is planning to attend a school as a freshman or transfer student.
  • If you are an active duty Marine, you must be honorably discharging before the beginning of the school semester.
  • You must have a recommendation from your chain of command, and an AFQT score of 70 or higher and a GT score of 115 or higher.
  • You must also be a High School graduate.
  • Waivers to the above requirements may be granted on occassion. For more information on LSP requirements and the waiver process, please refer to MCO 1700.32.
  • With most applications you will be asked to submit the following: one copy of all High School transcripts (Unofficial), and one copy of all College transcripts (Unofficial).