Education & Training Center
We are commited to serving the 45th Space Wing community and to help meet the educational and vocational needs of our active duty military personnel and civilians and their adult family members.
45FSS/FSDE: 1020 Central Ave., Bldg 998, Patrick AFB, FL 32925. OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Friday, 7:30 am - 4:30 pm, phone: 321-494-2071/2072.
Organization Workflow E-mail Mailbox:We are here for you! Please feel free to submit any request and questions that you may have to our Organizational Workflow Group Mailbox @ 45FSSDPH@us.af.mil.
- College and Career Counseling
- Tuition Assistance for Active Duty Military
- CCAF Counseling
- Testing Services
- GI Bill Benefit Information
- Commissioning Program Guidance
- Civilian Developmental Education (CDE)
- Long-term Full-time Training (LTFT)
Military CDC Testing Services:Testing is available by appointment only. To schedule, please contact base training at 321-494-3440/2072. Note: CDC testing is scheduled by the Unit and Additional Duty Training Managers. Testing days are set for Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:30 am.
Voluntary Education Test Administration and Proctor Services:
- Provides Air University personnel testing (Course 14 testing, ALS, SOS, ACSC and AWC)
- Provides SAT and ACT testing services
- How to order your Course 14/15 exams
Other types of testing:(AFI 36-2605; Air Force Military Personnel Testing System:) This form of tests are offered "monthly" as indicated on the FSDE-Monthly Test Schedule. To schedule any of these types of exams, please contact the Patrick AFB Test Examiner at 321-494-3443/2072; DSN 854.
- DLPT: Defense Language Proficiency Test Serves to evaluate the ability to understand written and/or spoken material presented in a foreign language format.
- DLAB: Defense Language Aptitude Battery Evaluates potential ability to complete formal foreign language training. It is used to screen and select foreign language trainees.
- AFCT: Armed Forces Classification Test: Evaluates airmen in the same four aptitude areas as the ASVAB (i.e., the MAGE composites). These aptitude areas relate to training success in particular groups of AFSs. Minimum scores are required for entry into certain AFSs that indicate the likelihood of training success in the AFS (this test is for those that have already taken the ASVAB and have entered the US military).
- AFOQT: Air Force Officer Qualifying Test: Used to help select candidates for officer commissioning programs and to classify commissioned officers into utilization specialties such as pilot, combat system operator (CSO), air battle manager (ABM) or technical.
- EDPT: Electronic Data Processing Test: Evaluates the basic ability to complete formal courses for programming electronic data processing equipment. It is used to screen and select airmen for career fields requiring this ability. EDPT measures verbal ability, symbolic reasoning and arithmetic reasoning.
- Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Test: A standardized, global assessment of functional speaking ability. This form of examination is a conversation between the tester and test-taker, the test measures how well a person speaks a language by assessing their performance of a range of language tasks against specified criteria.
- WAPS: Weighted Airman Promotion System: This form of testing is scheduled per Air Force guidance. Any questions concerning this form of testing should be directed to the Unit WAPS Monitor or Test Examiner at 321-494-3443/2072 DSN:854.
- College Level Examination Programs (CLEP) and DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST): Shorten your college path by participating in CLEP and DSST exams. These two worthwhile testing programs provide test-takers with the opportunity to earn credits toward Community College of the Air Force or undergraduate degree programs that accept them.
- CLEP/DSST Test Center: The center is managed by Columbia College. To register to take one of these types of examinations, please utilize the Register for CLEP or DSST Examination.
Study material for CLEPS and DSST, more can be found at: Peterson CLEP College Board Get College Credit 4tests Free Univ. Test Preview Patrick AFB Library Test Resources
- Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) If your college does not offer electronic transcripts, you must request a hard copy. The transcript must be mailed directly from your civilian college to CCAF. CCAF will not accept transcripts marked "issued to student," unofficial transcripts, or faxed transcripts. To expedite the evaluation process, request that your school include your social security number on the transcript. Also, if your transcript is under a different name, please have the school include your current name in order to prevent delays. Please allow at least 45 to 60 days for CCAF to update your progress report. To send transcripts directly from your college to CCAF at the mailing address: CCAF/DESS, 100 South Turner Blvd., Maxwell-Gunter AFB, AL 36114-3011. CCAF website.
Electronic Transcript: CCAF will accept electronic transcripts from colleges that use the eSCRIP-SAFE, Parchment or AVOW delivery networks. Students will log onto their school's website to order the transcript. Select the CCAF or you may also type in firstname.lastname@example.org as the receiving institution. Please do not send your transcripts to update your CCAF record to the Education Center as CCAF will not accept them if they are not sent directly from the college to CCAF.
Education Level Update Information:OFFICERS: IAWAFI 36-2305, AFIT updates your education levels. Education Centers no longer offer this service. Send your official transcript from your academic institution to this address: AFT Academic Coding Branch, 2950 Hobson Way, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433-7765. AFIT Phone: 937-255-6565, extension 4324.
ENLISTED: IAWAF 36-2306, member must request one of the following from their college/university and provide to the Education Center.
1. An official transcript that includes your degree conferred date, degree level and degree title. An official transcript must be mailed directly to the education office from your college or hand-delivered to the education office in the original sealed envelope. Your college can mail the official transcript to the following address: 45 FSS/FSDE, 1020 Central Ave., Patrick AFB, FL 32925.
2. Notification of degree completion on official school letterhead from your college registrar's office stating your full name, SSN, degree level, degree.
ON BASE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
Columbia College (CC) Columbia College
1020 Central Ave., E-1
Patrick AFB, FL 32925
Mon - Thu: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm, Fri: 8:30 am - 5 pm. Phone: 321-783-5506, FAX: 321-783-4506, E-mail: email@example.com.
- PROGRAMS OFFERED:
- Associate and Bachelor's Degrees in Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice, General Studies and Management Information Systems
- Certificates in Human Resource Management, Marketing Management and Management
Eastern Florida State College (EFSC) Eastern Florida State College
1020 Central Ave., C-9
Patrick AFB, FL 32925
Mon - Thu: 8:30 am - 5 pm, Fri: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Phone: 321-433-5110, 321-536-0077, 321-607-1928, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
- PROGRAMS OFFERED:
- Many areas of Associate and Bachelor's degrees
FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS
MilitaryOneSource provides spouses with numerous educational and career guidance resources: MilitaryOneSource
Air Force Aid Society Arnold Grant Program provides $2000 per year for Air Force spouses enrolled in college full-time. Air Force Aid Society
DANTES Financial Aid for spouses and dependents. DANTES
AIR FORCE EDUCATIONAL LINKS OF INTEREST
- DoD MOU: As of Mar 1, 2013, all colleges with military students are required to have the DoD Memorandum of Understanding signed. Colleges that do not - cannot have courses paid for with military tuition assistance funds. Please check the list of signed colleges and universities here: Signed Colleges and Universities
- Air University Student Information System
- Commissioning Opportunities
Officer Training School (OTS): Provides two officer training programs: Basic Officer Training (BOT) and Commissioned Officer Training (COT).
BOT is an intensive 12-week program that prepares officer candidates for the technical, physical and professional requirements of commissioned service.
COT provides initial officership training for Air Force judge advocates, chaplains, medical service officers (doctors,nurses, pharmacists, bioenvironmental engineers and hospital administrators) and medical scholarship recipients. Note: If you want information concerning OTS Selection Lists, please contact your Base Education Office. BOT and OTS
- Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC): ROTC is the largest and oldest source of commissioned officers for the Air Force. The organization's mission is to produce leaders for the Air Force and to build better citizens for America. ROTC
- Air Force Academy: The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) at Colorado Springs, Colorado offers a four-year program to qualified and selected high school graduates throughout the country. Entry into the academy is very competitive. Consideration for the academy is based on the individual's high school academic record, extracurricular activity, military performance and the results of academy examinations. The Air Force Academy Preparatory School gives eligible Air Force enllisted men and women and selected applicants who were not offered Academy appointments the opportunity to improve their selection potential. Air Force Academy
- US Department of Veterans Affairs: This link will provide a multitude of information concerning Health, Benefits, Burial and Memorials, VA information, Resources, Media Room, Locations and a way to contact the VA. Veterans Affairs
- US Department of Education Programs Supporting Veterans: Valuable source that supports Veterans seeking higher education asistance including a link to an interactive map for finding grantees charged with assisting veterans in enrolling in and completing a program of post-secondary eduation (Veterans Upward Bound, Educational Opportunity Centers and Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success). Site helps "fill the gap" between when Service members take off the uniform and when they decide to enroll in college. US Department of Education
- Tutoring Services: This is a pilot program funded by DoD. It allows the active duty service member to receive live tutoring online. Services are available at any time for one-to-one help with homework, studying, test prep, proofreading and more. The service is FREE to service members - regardless of whether the service member is serving full-time or part-time plus K-12 dependents in Active Duty families. Tutor.com