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Education and Training Section

Education and Training Section


Education and Training Section

The Education and Training Section has educational information ranging from high school remediation to graduate-level courses. National American University (NAU) offers degree programs on base. Several other schools are available in the nearby area, in addition to military-friendly colleges available online.

Adult community education, including English as a second language and the general education diploma (GED high school equivalency certificate), is offered through the Career Learning Center in Rapid City. Western Dakota Technical Institute provides a variety of vocational-technical programs such as mechanics, drafting and medical fields. The Oglala Lakota College offers two- and four-year degrees with majors that include education and Native American studies.

NAU offers on-base classes ranging from an associate to a master’s degree. It has an extended campus on base to serve the needs of military and civilian students within the Rapid City area. Most classes are conducted on base and carry resident credit. NAU is also the on-base national testing center for CLEP and DSSTs.

The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T) campus is in Rapid City. The school is nationally recognized, with a full range of engineering and technical degrees, including pre-health. Courses are scheduled primarily during the day with some evening classes available. The University of South Dakota (USD) and South Dakota State University (SDSU) have a combined nursing school near the SDSM&T campus, with course work from the two-year level through a master’s degree, including nurse practitioner.

Black Hills State University (BHSU) in Rapid City houses six state schools (BHSU, SDSU, USD, DSU, NSU and SDSM&T), offering a variety of degrees and programs.

The Base Education and Training Center offers professional counseling and guidance, including information on Air Force tuition assistance, GI Bill benefits, financial aid programs and choosing career or education goals. College offices, both on and off base, also provide advisement and assistance. Resources are also available at the base library.

Counseling services are available by calling 605-385-2308 or DSN 675-2308 or by visiting the offices in the Rushmore Center, Suite 2500.


This office is responsible for all newcomers and follow-up training required for civilians assigned to Ellsworth Air Force Base. Annually organizations can request training for their civilian employees.


Formal Training is in the Education Office. The Formal Training office is responsible for the oversight of all Air Force directed and funded formal military training. Examples of these trainings are in-residence professional military education (PME), technical training and flying training courses.


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