Fort Drum Community

Fort Drum



Welcome to the Army Education Center at the Robert C. McEwen Education Complex. Here you will find both traditional and non-traditional courses by local colleges and other Department of Defense/Department of the Army programs designed to enhance Soldier and workforce readiness through education.

The Army Education Center provides a wide range of services to both Soldiers and Family members at Fort Drum. Co-located with the post library in Bldg. P-4300, the

center provides traditional and nontraditional educational opportunities and counseling services for the military, their Families, and the civilian workforce. The education center supports not only Fort Drum, but also Watervliet Arsenal, N.Y.

The Robert C. McEwen
Library and Education Complex

                (315) 772-6878/8581

Bldg. P4300, Camp Hale Road

Education Center Hours: Mon-Tues, Thurs-Fri 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Wed, 12:45-4 p.m.

Library Hours: Mon – Thurs 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Fri 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sat – Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Basic Skills Education Program

                (315) 772-0691

The Basic Skills Education Program (BSEP) is a 17-day, on-duty program designed to provide Soldiers with instruction on math, reading, and language skills. The goal is to improve job performance, prepare Soldiers for advanced schooling, civilian higher education, increase reenlistment options and enhance trainability.

Hours: Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-noon; 1 p.m.-4 p.m, (as scheduled)

Multi-use Learning Resource Center

                (315) 772-9993

The Multi-use Learning Resource Center (MLF) provides a wide range of educational services and resources to the military community. Some of these services and resources are: Army Correspondence Course Program assistance, MOS Library reference materials, various information and study guides on military and civilian testing, foreign language CD-ROMs and self-study material for reading, grammar, GED preparation, and English-as-a-Second Language study material.

Hours: Mon-Thurs, 9 a.m.-noon & 12:30-9:30 p.m.; Fri, 9 a.m.-noon & 12:30-5 p.m.


                (315) 772-6878

Army counselors are available to support Fort Drum active-duty personnel, their adult Family members, Reserve components, and other services in a variety of counseling settings.



Local area schools

Local Private Schools

Augustinian Academy

                (315) 493-1301

317 West Street

Carthage, NY 13619

Roman Catholic elementary school, grades preschool-8.

Christian Heritage School

                (315) 493-6463

32500 Route 3

West Street

Carthage, NY 13619

Roman Catholic elementary school, grades preschool-8.

Faith Fellowship Christian School

                (315) 782-9342

131 Moore Avenue

Watertown, NY 13601

Grades pre-K-12.

St. James Catholic School

                (315) 287-0130

South Gordon Street

Gouverneur, NY 13642

St. John Bosco Pre-School

                (315) 788-7011

122 Winthrop Street

Watertown, NY 13601

Roman Catholic pre-school, ages 3 and 4, part-day pre-school.

Immaculate Heart Primary School

                (315) 788-7011

122 Winthrop Street

Watertown, NY 13601

Roman Catholic primary school, grades K-3.

Immaculate Heart Intermediate School

                (315) 788-3935

733 S. Massey

Watertown, NY 13601

Roman Catholic middle school, grades 4-6.

Immaculate Heart High School

                (315) 788-4670

1316 Ives Street Road

Watertown, NY 13601

Roman Catholic junior/senior high school, grades 7-12.

School Districts

Alexandria Bay Central School         (315) 482-9971

34 Bolton Avenue

Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

Beaver River Central School  (315) 346-1211

9508 Artz Road

Beaver Falls, NY 13305

Bellville Henderson Central School     (315) 846-5411

8372 CO RT 75

Belleville, NY 13611

Carthage Central School District

                (315) 493-5000

36500 NYS Route 26

Carthage, NY 13619

Copenhagen Central School District        (315) 688-4411

3020 Mechanic Street

Copenhagen, NY 13626

General Brown Central School District              (315) 639-5100

17643 Cemetery Road

Dexter, NY 13634

Gouverneur Central School District

     (315) 287-4870

133 E. Barney Street

Gouverneur, NY 13642

Harrisville Central School District               (315) 543-2920

14371 Pirate Ln

Harrisville, NY 13648

Indian River Central School District         (315) 642-3441

32735-B Co Rte 29

Philadelphia, NY 13673

LaFargeville Central School District               (315) 658-2241

20414 Sunrise Avenue

LaFargeville, NY 13656

Lowville Academy & Central School District              (315) 376-9020

7668 State Street

Lowville, NY 13367

Lyme Central School District            (315) 649-2417

11868 Academy Street

Chaumont, NY 13622

Sackets Harbor Central School District   (315) 646-3575

215 S. Broad Street

Sackets Harbor, NY 13685

Sandy Creek Central School District       (315) 387-3445

124 Salisbury St.

Sandy Creek, NY 13145

South Jefferson Central School District   (315) 583-6104

PO Box 10

Adams, NY 13605

South Lewis Central School District      (315) 348-2500

P.O. Box 10

Turin, NY 13473

Thousand Islands Central School District      (315) 686-5594

8481 County Rte 9

Clayton, NY 13624

Watertown City School District

                (315) 785-3700

1351 Washington Street

Watertown, NY 13601


*Note: If you have any questions regarding schools, contact the Child, Youth and School Services School Liaison Officers, (315) 772-3214/1311.

School Liaison Officers

                (315) 772-3214/1311

Bldg. P-10720 Clark Hall





Army Personnel Testing

                (315) 772-1251

Army personnel testing is done through the Education Center’s test center. The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), GT Predictor (PreGT) and the Armed Forces Classification Test (AFCT) are just a few tests conducted at the center. They are all critical links in improving a Soldier’s General Technical (GT) score. These test scores are linked to a variety of personnel actions including retention, reclassification, specialty training or pre-commissioning programs.

Nontraditional & Other Educational Opportunities

                (315) 772-8581

Nontraditional education opportunities supplement traditional college programs to provide flexibility. Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES) validates both academic and experiential work by providing a wide variety of examinations including the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) test, college admissions (SAT/ACT), credit-by examination programs (CLEP/DSST), and an extensive number of certification examinations. Provides information and referral assistance to military personnel and spouses interested in a teaching career though the Troops to Teachers and Spouses to Teachers programs. These programs are coordinated through the education center.

Colleges, Universities

Education Partners with offices in the Fort Drum Education Center are:

State University of New York
Colleges in the North Country

                (315) 772-5477/773-9007

                DSN 772-5477

The Robert C. McEwen Library and
Education Complex

4300 Camp Hale Road

Fort Drum, New York 13602

Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The State University of New York (SUNY) system is the primary provider of college-level education in the state. Created in 1948, SUNY is the nation’s largest, most diverse, multi-campus higher education system. It is made up of 64 campuses: community colleges, two-year colleges of technology, specialized and traditional four-year colleges, research university campuses and health science centers.

Within this system, the SUNY Colleges of the North Country consortium provides information and access to higher education opportunities in the Watertown/Fort Drum area. Current members of the consortium are: SUNY Empire State College, SUNY Jefferson Community College, SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Oswego, SUNY Canton College of Technology, SUNY Utica Rome College of Technology, and the Upstate Medical University – Syracuse.

SUNY Empire State College

                (315) 773-6139

The Robert C. McEwen Library and
Education Complex

4300 Camp Hale Road

Fort Drum, New York 13602

SUNY Empire offers programs from a nontraditional approach, with degrees ranging from associates through masters on Fort Drum or at the Watertown Center. Numerous courses and majors are available. Classes are offered in an independent study or online format, and because students design their own degrees, most transfer credits are easily accepted.

SUNY Jefferson Community College

                (315) 773-4535

The Robert C. McEwen Library and
Education Complex

4300 Camp Hale Road

Fort Drum, New York 13602

Located in Watertown, Jefferson Community College serves approximately 3,600 full- and part-time students from Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties, including a significant number of service members and their Families from Fort Drum. Jefferson offers 15 Associate degree career programs, 11 Associate degree transfer programs and 7 certificate programs, including highly regarded programs in nursing, accounting, early childhood education, hospitality and tourism, paramedic and criminal justice. Jefferson offers classes and provides advisors at the Fort Drum Education Center. The College’s online program, which includes 6 online degrees, is highly acclaimed by both GoArmyEd military students and civilian students. Additionally, the College offers a wide variety of personal enrichment and professional development non-credit workshops, seminars and workforce training opportunities throughout the year.

Columbia College of Missouri

                (315) 775-0128/773-5905

The Robert C. McEwen Library and
Education Complex

4300 Camp Hale Road

Fort Drum, New York 13602

Columbia College, Fort Drum, offers upper-level coursework leading to bachelor degrees in Business, Criminal Justice, History, Psychology and General Studies. Columbia offers a Spouses’ Opportunity Scholarship allowing active duty spouses to take their first Columbia class tuition free.

In addition, Columbia offers a spouses’ tuition discount of 20 percent off regular tuition.

Other Area
Colleges and Universities

SUNY Potsdam

                (315) 267-2000

Pierrepont Avenue

Potsdam, NY 13676

SUNY Potsdam is a four-year liberal arts and sciences college offering two graduate degrees in the Fort Drum/Watertown areaa Master’s of Science in Education, with concentrations in elementary education, instructional technology/media management, reading certification, and secondary education; and a Master’s of Science in elementary or secondary teaching for students who may have a baccalaureate in a non-educational area but want to enter teaching.

SUNY – Canton College of Technology

                (315) 386-7123

Cornell Drive

Canton, NY 13617

SUNY College of Technology at Canton offers technical certification, associate degree, and selected bachelor degree programs in applied and technology programs.

SUNY College at Oswego

                (315) 312-2500

7060 Route 104

Oswego, NY 13126

Offers traditional degree programs in liberal arts and business programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

SUNY Institute of
Technology at Utica-Rome 

                (315) 792-7500

PO Box 3050

Utica, NY 13504

Offers upper-level applied and technology programs in traditional classroom and distance learning environments. Provides transfer opportunities to complete bachelor and masters degree programs.

Clarkson University

                (315) 265-2180

49 Elm Street

Potsdam, NY 13676

Clarkson is a four-year technology and professional university offering bachelors and master’s courses.

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