Education Programs

Education Programs

    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.  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. | To register, click here.

    TA Orientation Course

    In order to utilize Tuition Assistance for the first time, Marines must enroll in the TA Orientation Course. To learn more or register for the brief, please call 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.

    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.


    Tools for Advanced Manufacturing for Veterans

    Learn how to transfer your military skills and experience to civilian careers in the manufacturing industry. The Tools for Advanced Manufacturing for Veterans (TAMV) class 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 skill sets that lead to employment in various different industries:

    • Innovation Design – Create Opportunities to Develop Solutions
    • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification
    • OSHA 30-Hour Industrial Safety Certification
    • Forklift Operator Certification
    • Precision Measurement in Manufacturing
    • Welding Certification Awareness
    • ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate
    • Resume Enhancement, Interviewing Skills and Job Search
    • USAJobs
    • Personal Style Preference Awareness

    The program is FREE for Veterans and Service members. For additional information and class dates and times, contact Megan Johnson at (252) 444-6013 or

    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 for 2021.  MASP is a FREE three-week educational program for active duty enlisted personnel, with an overall objective of improving the competencies in the academic skills areas 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. MASP is also available to military family members and civilians as space allows and at a cost of $180 paid to Craven Community College. Increasing one’s academic skills allows for increased opportunity within the military, such as qualifying for additional Military Occupational Specialties (MOS), Warrant Officer Program and a number of other service connected programs. The MASP program is administered by Craven Community College. A minimum of 10 students is required in order for class to be provided.

    MASP Class Schedule

    To register,  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 Megan Johnson, Craven Community College, 252-444-6013 or

    2022 MASP Class Schedule

    7:30 am-4:30 pm
    Lunch 11:30 am-12:30 pm

    Mar. 7-25
    Mar. 28-Apr. 15
    May 2-20
    June 8-24
    July 11-29
    Aug. 8-26
    Sept. 12-30
    Oct. 11-28
    Nov. 28-Dec. 16
    *Dates are subject to changes due to weather conditions, etc.

    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.

    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.

    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).