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Army Education Center

Hours

The Fort Meade Army Education Services Division is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays. It is located in Building 8601, Zimborski Ave. Call 301-677-6421 for an appointment or more information.

Multi-Use Learning Facility

The hours of operation for the Army Education Services Division Multi-Use Learning Facility (MULF) computer lab are noon to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8: 30 a.m. to noon Fridays.

Programs and services available include Internet access for education and training, electronic publications, resume preparation, ACT, SAT and GRE preparation and defensive driving.

The MULF supports all services, family members, Department of Defense civilians and other civilians affiliated with Fort Meade. Individuals may request the use of computer work stations on a walk-in basis or by appointment. The MULF is located in Bldg. 8601, Zimborski Ave. Call 301-677-6421/3250 for additional information.

Test Calendar

The Army Education Center has established a monthly test calendar for Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), Army Correspondence, Sergeants Major Academy (SMA), college correspondence, college placement and Army Personnel Testing (APT) test sessions.

The following are the test sessions through January.

ACT: Jan. 6.

Anne Arundel Community College Placement (AACP): Jan. 14 and 28.

Armed Forces Classification Test (AFCT): Dec. 22 and Jan. 27.

Army, SMA and College Correspondence: Jan. 5, 12 and 26.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP): Dec. 15, 21, 22 and Jan. 3, 6, 13 and 24.

DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST): Dec. 9, 13, 20 and Jan. 4, 10, 14, 28 and 31.

Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB): Dec. 9 and Jan. 10.

Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT): Dec. 14 and Jan. 25 and 27.

Excelsior College Examination: Dec. 23 and Jan. 5, 12 and 26.

Pre-General Technical (GT): Dec. 16 and Jan. 25.

SAT: Dec. 21 and Jan. 13.

Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE): Dec. 14, 20 and Jan. 3, 24 and 31.

Call 301-677-6421 for the time of each test session and any additional information or visit the Army Education Services Division.

The Army Education Center has established a monthly controlled test calendar for exams that need to be pre-ordered in support of specified Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) test sessions. The test session dates through March 2005 are:

Excelsior Essay Exams: Register by Jan. 3 for Feb. 3 test.

PRAXIS: Register by Dec. 10 for Jan. 11 test; Register by Feb. 9 for March 9 test.

Basic Skills Education Program

The Army Education Services Division offers a Basic Skills Education Program (BSEP). This three-week course meets 8:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays through Fridays.

BSEP provides Soldiers with on-duty instruction in subjects such as reading, math and writing skills. BSEP instruction improves job performance, prepares Soldiers for more advanced schooling, increases re-enlistment options and enhances trainability.

BSEP instruction consists of an automated basic skills instruction program known as the Lifetime Library.

To determine eligibility for enrollment, personnel must be counseled by an Army guidance counselor and complete the Test of Adult Basic Education.

For more information, contact the Army Education Center here.

Army Career and Alumni Program

Hours

The Fort Meade Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP) Center is located in Building 4217, Roberts Avenue. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information about services or to register for classes, visit the center or call 301-677 -6802/2227.

Employment Assistance

The Fort Meade Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP) Center offers monthly employment assistance services.

The ACAP office offers new federal employment, Online Resume Builder and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) writing classes for transitioning service members seeking federal employment. Classes are held monthly and are open to retiring or separating military personnel from all branches. Federal resume review is available weekly. Anyone interested in attending a class should contact ACAP to register. The only requirement to attend is that you have completed the Job Assistance Workshop or some form of job assistance training.

ACAP also conducts mandatory pre-separation checklist briefings 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for all separating and retiring service members. Advance registration is required.

ACAP Going to Web

By the middle of December, in response to more stringent Armywide security and automation policies, the Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP) will implement a Web-based application, providing data centralization and enhanced security for the program's computer system.

This "migration to the Web" will neither alter the provision of ACAP services to clients nor remove the requirement that all Soldiers, regardless of ranks, separation or retirement status, come to the center to access the system and complete the Congressionally mandated DD-Form 2648 (Pre-Separation Counseling Checklist).

This change will require all clients, both current and first time visitors, to have an Army Knowledge Online (AKO) user name and password to log onto the ACAP XXI system.

ACAP strongly encourages all individuals who can establish an AKO account to do so prior to coming to the ACAP center for their first visit. Those individuals who do not possess an account at the time of their first visit will be able to receive assistance from the center to obtain an account.

It should be stressed that Army policy dictates who can have an AKO account and that there are two types of accounts: full and guest.

Army Military Service Members (MSM) can hold a full AKO account and may open this account at the following URL: www.us.army/mil/ suite/login/welcome.html.

Family members of Army personnel are eligible for guest AKO accounts but will need sponsorship from an MSM or a DA civilian employee. Individuals who do not have an AKO account of either type will not be able to access the ACAP XXI system, but may use all other services offered by the center.

For individuals of other services who wish to take advantage of the full range of ACAP services, a guest account can be established by a full account holder. This will provide full access to the system. In the event that a member of another uniformed service cannot obtain a guest AKO account, they can still use all other services offered by the center.

Colleges

Anne Arundel Community College

Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) offers spring credit courses at Meade Senior High School here.

Students can register for some of the 39 evening classes. Most courses last 15 weeks and begin Jan. 19. AACC also offers 13-week classes beginning Jan. 31 eight-week courses that begin Jan. 19 or March 14 at the site.

Of particular interest is History of Military Intelligence: 1900 to the Present, which meets 6-8:45 p.m. on Mondays, Jan. 19 through May 13.

AACC's offerings here also include business, criminal justice and legal studies courses to help you earn credits toward a transfer degree or prepare for a career change. Students just getting started can choose from several core courses, such as Composition and Introduction to Literature 1 and 2 or College Algebra. Or, take introductory courses in communications, economics, history, government, philosophy or psychology.

Students also can prepare for the rigors of college courses by taking basic reading, grammar and math skills courses.

Off-campus registration, academic advising, testing and other academic support services are available on the base at the Fort Meade Army Education Center, Building 8601, Zimborski Avenue.

For information about the AACC classes Meade High offers or registration at the Fort Meade Army Education Center, call 410-672 -2117.

Central Michigan University

Spring I 2005 registration for Central Michigan University's Graduate School located on Fort Meade continues through Dec. 10.

The CMU Fort Meade Center offers a Master of Science in Administration degree with concentrations in public administration, general administration, information resource management and software engineering administration.

The program is designed for the working adult. Courses are offered in an accelerated format.

To learn more about Central Michigan University's Graduate School, contact Linda Zedan at 301-621-9796. To view the CMU Web site, go to: cmuoffcampus.com.

University of Maryland University College

Registration is under way for Spring 2005 classes at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). Classes are open to the public. Courses held at Meade Senior High School here, are geared toward students seeking degrees in criminal justice, business management, information systems management, history and psychology. UMUC also offers upper-level required general education courses that apply to any degree.

Registration for Standard and Term I classes ends Jan. 15. Classes offered at Fort Meade for the standard term, Jan. 24 through May 12, are: Biology of Aging, Crime and Delinquency Prevention, Writing for Managers, International Political Terrorism, Information Systems in Organizations, Marketing Principles and Organization.

Term I runs Jan. 24 through March 15. For further information or to schedule an appointment with an adviser, call 410 -551-0431 or 301-621-9882. See www.umuc.edu.

Schools

The West Meade Elementary School (WMES) PTA hosts, Building Successful Partnerships (BSP) at its school from 6-7 p.m. on Dec. 14. The presentation will be given by Esther Parker, president of the Maryland State PTA. The BSP is a multifaceted program focused on increasing awareness and implementation of the National Stands for Parent and Family Involvement Programs. The program is designed to enhance partnerships for children's education within the schools. Everyone is invited. WMES is located at 7722 Ray St. here. For more information, contact WMES PTA President Tony Joyce at 410-674-2309 or via e-mail at: adjoyce@comcast.net.

MacArthur Middle School will host a Scholastic Book Fair 8:40 a.m. to 3 p.m. now through Dec. 13 in the Library Media Center. Parents, children, teachers and the community are invited. The book sale is geared to excite children about reading and learning. It will offer the most popular books and educational products for all ages, including the newest titles, award winners, classics and interactive products from more than 150 publishers.

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