Education opportunities aplenty in Year of Air Force Family

  • Published
  • By Lt. Col. Brian Hinsvark
  • 36th Force Support Squadron commander
Year of the Air Force Family highlights those special programs we as an Air
Force can offer the community. Here at Andersen, education is an important
part of those benefits, whether you are assigned her on a 2/3/4 year tour,
or deployed hear as part of the AEF. It is Andersen Air Force Base's
Strategic Priority No. 4, Developing Our Airmen while Caring for their

Our Education Center want to ensure you "LEAVE ANDERSEN BETTER EDUCATED"

The Education Center and Library offer a number of programs and services for
professional and personal development. Whether you are pursuing
professional military or civilian (spouse) career enhancement, a college
degree, improve your basic academic skills at no cost, or simply wish to
learn a foreign language for free then stop by the Education Center or
Library and inquire with our friendly staff members. Some of the programs
we have to offer include:

- MyCAA - for spouses: This centralized, virtual program, accessed through
Military OneSource, will provide counseling and funding, up to $6000, to
assist with licensure, certification or education opportunities leading to
portable employment opportunities. Program specifics are available for your
review at

SPOUSES: For periods of enrollment that begin after July 1, 2009, members
of the armed forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard)
on active duty for a period of more than 30 days and his or her spouse, or
his or her dependent children will be eligible to receive in-state tuition
at public colleges and universities in the state where they reside or are
permanently stationed.

- Library: NOW is a great time to learn a foreign language - F R E E ... !
For active duty, families, civilians, & retirees. Your Andersen Library has
been given 80 reusable accounts which provide access to the on-line Rosetta
Stone Language Learning Center. There are over 30 languages to select from.
Please see the library in 21000 for more details.

- The Post 9/11 GI Bill is a new education benefit program for individuals
who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001; in addition,
unused education benefits can be transferred to family members - spouses and
children. See for more information.

- The Air University Associate-to-Baccalaureate Cooperative links CCAF
graduates to accredited, partner civilian colleges/universities offering
on-line bachelor's degrees. Check out the Virtual Education Center (my
AFVEC on the AF Portal -- )

- CCAF GEM - General Education Mobile - links students pursuing CCAF
associates degrees to accredited, partner civilian academic institutions
offering a on-line freshman/sophomore level courses (you can visit AFVEC on
the AF Portal).

- OASC: Peterson's Online Academic Skills Course (OASC) for Military
Success is designed for individuals in the U.S. military who want to build
their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and math skills to pass their
exams, excel in their jobs, advance their careers, or continue their
education. Available to active duty, families, and civilian employees. Look
for the OASC red button on the DANTES website

There is so much more that we invite you to visit the Education Center in
Bldg 21000 to work your individual or family needs.