By Lorain Ambrocio, Hohenfels Education Center staff writer
HOHENFELS, Germany — The quick typing of keys echoes off the concrete walls in symphony with ringing telephones, shuffling papers and greetings of “how can we help you today?”
Disguised as a traditional office building, the Hohenfels Education Center is a hub that can be used by Soldiers, their families and DOD civilians for all things education-related.
When it comes to paying for classes, Soldiers can receive counseling and learn how to have college classes covered by Army tuition assistance, or TA, and other federal funds.
Family members enrolled in classes while their sponsor is active-duty military can take advantage of the DOD scholarship program My Career Advancement Account, or MyCAA, and FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
Hohenfels Education Center also administers a variety of tests for Soldiers and civilians, such as the American College Testing, or ACT, exam for submission to colleges and the Armed Forces Classification Test, or AFCT, which can help raise the Soldier’s general technical, or GT, score.
The Army Learning Center computer lab is available to all CAC-holders and military dependents for completing training modules, course work, last-minute research papers or the occasional Facebook break. Printing is limited to five pages per person.
If a Soldier or family member wants face-to-face interaction with their school, Hohenfels Education Center has four on-site school representatives from the University of Maryland University College, Central Texas College, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and Oklahoma University that are easily accessible for any questions and up-to-date information.
Hohenfels Education Center has two annexes across the street that house additional computer labs and classrooms. These rooms are used by on-site school representatives and instructors for evening courses. They can also be reserved by CAC-holders for briefings or other classes.
Whether it’s receiving counseling on benefits, scheduling an exam or enrolling in upcoming classes, the Hohenfels Education Center is much more than a pit-stop for paperwork. Despite the ever-changing staff, the center’s goal has stayed the same. Help service members and their families achieve educational success will always be the number one priority.