Airmen Education Opportunities

Education and Training Center

The Education and Training Center is in a modern facility complemented by a professional staff committed to guiding military members, family members and civilian employees into academic areas, vocational-technical and special interest courses, college undergraduate or graduate degree programs, counseling and testing services, and military/civilian training. On-base educational and training opportunities prepare people for the future encouraging them to learn and be leaders within their chosen career fields.

Professional educational counseling services are available to ensure each student's preparation is relevant to the needs of the military, government and industry. The center maintains active contact with several internal and external government agencies, as well as colleges and universities, to provide resources and support for the wide range of programs represented on base. Counselors provide assistance to Airmen preparing for commissioning programs, professional military education and the Air Force Institute of Technology (i.e. AWC, ACSC, NCOA).

Extensive testing services allow people to earn college credit, gain college admission, attain professional certification, and determine interests and aptitudes. Hundreds of standardized tests have been designed by the College Level Examination Program, or CLEP, Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support, or DANTES, and Excelsior College Examination Program. These tests are available to measure the college-level knowledge and competence a person has gained through work experience or independent reading and study from college and university course examinations. Unless otherwise noted, the examinations are given free-of-charge to active-duty military, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard personnel, but do require a $20 sitting fee per exam.

People may pursue undergraduate degree programs through on-base universities located in the Education and Training Center, whose programs are equal in quality and content to programs offered on resident campuses. There are also hundreds of on-line degree programs available. Active-duty military members and DoD civilians may qualify for tuition assistance funding, whereby 100 percent and 75 percent, respectively, of tuition costs are paid, subject to the availability of funds and other conditions. Veterans Administration funding, G.I. Bill, Pell Grant and loan information may be obtained at the center. 

The education center is located in Bldg.1240, and may be reached at (406) 731-3531, DSN 632-3531, or email at education@malmstrom.af.mil. The hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and closed Fridays.

Community College of the Air Force
The Community College of the Air Force is an accredited member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and offers two-year associate in applied science
degrees to enlisted members of the Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard. 

Degrees are offered in every Air Force specialty by combining Air Force technical and management education with selected off-duty college courses and Air Force work experience. Credits may also be obtained by successfully passing DANTES, CLEP and Excelsior College subject and general tests. The base education center serves as the pivotal point of contact in all matters pertaining to CCAF including formal registration, course advisement and degree completion requirements. 
Graduation ceremonies are conducted each spring and fall. The CCAF website has more information at www.au.af.mil/au/ccaf.

Park University
Park University Malmstrom Campus Center offers full associate and baccalaureate degree completion programs. The following are Associate of Science degrees offered: Criminal Justice Administration, Information and Computer Science, Management, Management/Accounting, Management/Logistics and Social Psychology. The following are Bachelor of Science degrees offered: Criminal Justice Administration, Information and Computer Science, Management, Management/Accounting, Management/Computer Information Systems, Management/Engineering Administration, Management/Finance, Management/Health Care, Management/Human Resources, Management Logistics, Management/Marketing, Social Psychology and Early Childhood Education. All courses fulfilling the requirements of these degrees are presented at the education center or online and allow a student continuous enrollment for the completion of an associate degree within two years and a baccalaureate degree in four years. Courses are scheduled within five accelerated eight-week terms, with classes scheduled in the evenings. Park University originated in Parkville, Mo., and has more than 40 military resident centers across the continental U.S. Park University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Additionally, the Park University Malmstrom Campus Center is a National Testing Center for DANTES and CLEP tests. Testing days and times are Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. 

Other college-level opportunities
There are many other educational opportunities available to Malmstrom members in the local community. Some of these include the University of Great Falls--(406) 761-8210, Montana State University-College of Technology--(406) 771-4300 and MSU-Northern--(406) 771-4302. Tuition assistance is available for these schools. More information on these programs may be found by contacting each respective institution.