Services Available Army Continuing Education System

Services

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.... Hours of Operation and Weekly On-Site Briefing Schedule

.... For Active Duty Soldiers at Fort Carson

.... For Active Duty Fort Carson Soldiers TDY or Deployed Soldiers

.... For Active Duty (includes AGR) Fort Carson-assigned Soldiers Stationed Outside of the Colorado Springs / Pueblo area (includes rest of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, and Idaho)

.... Family Members, DA Civilians, Retirees, and Veterans

IMPORTANT: Soldiers can register for classes and Tuition Assistance (TA) in GoArmyEd up to 60-days prior to the class start date but must complete all required processes to obtain TA before the class start date. It is highly advisable to complete all processes at least 10 business days prior to your class start date to ensure that any issues are resolved in a timely manner. Counselors cannot respond on weekends or holidays and you may experience issues accessing GoArmyEd– waiting until the last moment to complete a TA request is NOT considered an “emergency” and will not be considered for an exception to policy.


For Active Duty Soldiers at Fort Carson


The Education Center offers a full-range of services to our Active Duty Soldiers (includes AGR):

  • Counseling Services
  • The Army Learning Center
  • Basic Skills Education Program (BSEP / GT Prep)
  • APT and DANTES-funded Testing
  • Visit with our on-post partner colleges: Pikes Peak Community College, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Colorado State University-Pueblo, and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University are available to provide general college entrance counseling services regardless of whatever college or university you choose to attend.
  • On-Post College Courses: Some college courses are held on Fort Carson. Please come by the Education Center for a current list of courses.
  • In-State Tuition Certification: This certification allows you to get the in-state rate on tuition at any Colorado public College or University if you qualify – a significant price reduction. PPCC students should visit their office in the Education Center. UCCS, CSU-P students and all those attending any other Colorado public institution must visit Rm 150 to obtain the signed form. You MUST bring Military ID. First-time applicants must have a copy of their Military Spouse’s orders bringing them to Ft Carson.
  • TRiO: The grant-funded TRiO program (office located in the Education Center; see hours of operation) can help you
    • Identify colleges that meet your needs
    • Apply for financial aid
    • Apply for college/university admissions
    • Find scholarships
    • Locate college preparation and support programs
    • Obtain college application fee waivers*
    • Student loan default rehabilitation
    • Enroll in a GED program
    • ALL SERVICES ARE FREE!
    • When meeting with TRiO, please bring the following:
    • Income Verification:
    • 1040 Federal Income Taxes & W-2s for student/spouse/parents
    • Worker’s Compensation benefits
    • Child Support (RECEIVED or PAID OUT)
    • Investments (Net Worth)
    • Military LES
    • Veteran’s Disability
    • Identification:
    • Driver’s License/State ID
    • Household Members:
    • List of all people living in the household and attending college

Education Counselors


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Not sure where to start? Want to make sure you take advantage of all the educational opportunities available to you?

Education counselors are available to assist Soldiers, DA civilians, retirees, and Family members. Stop by the Education Center, building , room to see a counselor. Walk-in only; no appointments. Hours are .

DUE TO LIMITED STAFFING AND HIGH DEMAND, YOU MAY EXPERIENCE EXTENDED WAIT TIMES. WE GREATLY APPRECIATE YOUR PATIENCE AND APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE! Please give yourself plenty of time; counselors will work with you until all your questions are answered.

Services Provided

  • Information on area schools and programs
  • Help defining your goals and picking a college and degree plan
  • Help interpreting the different levels of accreditation for schools. (Note: Always check with a counselor before signing a contract)
  • Information on Servicemembers' Opportunity Colleges (SOC)
  • Approval for tuition assistance and GoArmyEd assistance
  • APT and DANTES-funded Testing (SAT / ACT/ CLEP/ GED / GRE / PRAXIS) Information
  • Other options of funding education
  • Information on credit by examination programs
  • Information on Veterans Affairs (VA) educational benefits / GI Bill
  • Obtaining and interpreting your JST transcript
  • Information on commissioning programs
  • And much more!

NOTE REGARDING GI BILL COUNSELING: We highly recommend that you consider attending our weekly GI Bill briefing (see hours of operation) for more information. Our counselors cannot give you information specific to your individual GI Bill benefits – only the VA can do that. For information specific to your individual benefit, it is best to contact the VA directly at , then click on CONTACT US. Hint: Always ask questions and get answers from the VA in writing and keep copies!


Basic Skills Education Program


The Basic Skills Education Program (BSEP) provides instruction in reading and mathematics to improve job performance and to promote GT improvement. Please see an Education Counselor for enrollment.

Front Desk

Classes begin every Monday. The enrollment period is six-weeks with classes meeting Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Classes are self-paced via computer instruction with instructor assistance.

GT Prep classes are designed to develop educational competencies required for job performance, skill qualification, and career growth focusing on word knowledge, paragraph comprehension, and arithmetic reasoning. Classes are also designed to improve scores when retaking the Armed Forces Classification Test (AFCT).


Army Learning Center


The Army Learning Center (ALC) is a 50-station computer lab – all stations are CAC-enabled and we have scanners available. Stations can be used for Army online training, college online course work, or to check your Army records. Soldiers can print limited number of pages per day for free.

Soldiers/Students waiting to be seen

For Active Duty Fort Carson Soldiers TDY or Deployed

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IMPORTANT: Soldiers can register for classes and Tuition Assistance (TA) in GoArmyEd up to 60-days prior to the class start date but must complete all required processes to obtain TA before the class start date. It is highly advisable to complete all processes at least 10 business days prior to your class start date to ensure that any issues are resolved in a timely manner. Counselors cannot respond on weekends or holidays and you may experience issues accessing GoArmyEd– waiting until the last moment to complete a TA request is NOT considered an “emergency” and will not be considered for an exception to policy.


  • For general issues accessing or using click on the link and contact the HelpDesk.
  • For issues using GoArmyEd regarding Account Activation, selecting a College, establishing or changing a Degree Program, or obtaining TA:
    • FIRST AND BEST OPTION: It is best to create a HelpDesk case within GoArmyEd and provide full details of the issue(s). Your HelpDesk case will automatically route to a Fort Carson Education Guidance Counselor who will respond within 3 business days.
    • SECOND OPTION: You can send an e-mail to . Please provide your rank, full name, unit of assignment, the last four of your SSAN and a complete description of the issue. An Army Education Counselor will reply within 3 business days of receipt.
    • THIRD OPTION: If it is an “emergency” TA-related issue (example: you need TA for a class starting within the few days) please call 719-526-2124. If you are routed to the Voice Mail system – please leave your Rank, Full Name, a brief description of the issue and that you are located remotely, unit of assignment, (IF POSSIBLE) a good phone number and time (a Colorado Springs time within our normal hours of operation, please!) to reach you and a good e-mail address (official Army address preferred). An Army Education Counselor will get back to you as soon as possible by phone during a regular duty day or by return e-mail.
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For Family Members, DA Civilians, Retirees, and Veterans


The Education Center offers limited services to Family Members, DA Civilians, Retirees, and Veterans:

Where am I going again?
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For Active Duty (includes AGR) Fort Carson-assigned Soldiers Stationed at Locations Outside of the Colorado Springs / Pueblo area (includes rest of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, and Idaho)

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Whom do we support?

The Fort Carson Education Center provides educational support to all Active Duty and AGR Soldiers (on Title 10 or Title 32 orders), Family Members, and Department of the Army civilians throughout Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and Utah.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to funding constraints Fort Carson Education Center Staff cannot visit units located outside of the Colorado Springs area. We can, however, conduct conference calls / online sessions with advance coordination.

Soldiers Coming to visit the Ft Carson Education Center should click here -- note that when planning a visit to Ft Carson, some Education Center services, including Counseling are closed on Wednesdays (see our hours of operation).

Soldiers needing assistance from their current location – please click here

Questions? Commercial: DSN: Fax: or email us at:

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Hours of Operation and Weekly On-Site Briefing Schedule

Main:

DSN:

Fax:
Front Desk:
[CLOSED WEDNESDAYS]

Counselors:
Walk-in Only, NO Appointments
[CLOSED WEDNESDAYS]

WEDNESDAYS ONLY:
Final out (ETS or PCS) on the current Wednesday or Thursday? Call 719-526-2279

Soldiers only stationed in Denver, Pueblo, or Utah assigned to the Ft. Carson Education Center: Call 719-526-2279
(Sign-In Rm 150 at least 15 minutes prior)

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