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Ft Riley Education Continuing Education



The Army Continuing Education System offers Soldiers, family members, Department of the Army civilians and veterans a variety of educational and training opportunities. This is a unique program that offers courses both on-site and online with a flexible schedule to meet students’ needs.

The Fort Riley Consortium includes Barton County Community College, Central Texas College, Upper Iowa University, Kansas State University, Central Michigan University, the University of Mary, Hutchinson Community College, the University of Kansas, and Southwestern College. The faculty and staff are dedicated to providing the vision and direction for professional development and empowerment, promoting integrated education and training opportunities, and encouraging lifelong learning.

Programs range from certificate programs, associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees to graduate-level programs. Fort Riley programs include:

• Barton County Community College: associate degree programs.
• Central Texas College: associate and vocational programs.
• Upper Iowa University: bachelor’s degree programs.
• Kansas State University: certificate programs and associate degrees.
• Central Michigan University: graduate programs.
• University of Mary: graduate programs.
• Southwestern College: bachelor’s and graduate programs.

Soldiers can enroll in all programs through their ACES counselor or directly through the schools. Counselors are available at Education, Building 211 on Custer Avenue, 785-239-6481; the office is open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and follows RDO schedule.


A wide variety of off-post postsecondary schools and programs are available less than an hour from Fort Riley. This list from the U.S. Department of Education accreditation database excludes several unaccredited postsecondary schools and programs that may also provide a quality education.


785-532-6011 or 800-432-8270 

Kansas State University, known to its supporters as K-State, opened in 1863 as the first land grant university under the Morrill Act. The university now ranks first nationally among state universities in its total number of Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater and Udall scholarships.

As a member of the Big XII Conference, K-State has a NCAA Division I athletic program with highly competitive teams. K-State has 60 academic departments in nine colleges: agriculture; architecture, planning and design; arts and sciences; business administration; education; engineering; human ecology; technology and aviation; and veterinary medicine. The graduate school offers nearly 100 master’s degree programs and nearly 50 doctoral programs.

K-State is also known for several distinguished lecture series: Landon Lecture, Lou Douglas Lecture, Huck Boyd Lecture and Dorothy L. Thompson Civil Rights Lectures. The Landon Lecture Series is offered by Kansas State University for students, faculty and the community. The series is named in honor of former Kansas governor and presidential candidate, Alfred Landon. Prominent leaders and former leaders, primarily political or heads of government, including American presidents and heads of state from around the globe, have given speeches in the series. There are approximately four speakers per year.

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Other institutions of higher learning in the region include:

American Institute of Baking

1213 Bakers Way
Manhattan, KS 66505

Baker University School of Nursing

1500 SW 10th Ave.
Topeka, KS 66604

Bellus Academy

1130 Westloop Place
Manhattan, KS 66502

Brown Mackie College – Salina

2106 S. Ninth St.
Salina, KS 67401

Bryan University

1527 SW Fairlawn Road
Topeka, KS 66604

Cloud County Community College – Geary County Campus

631 Caroline Ave.
Junction City, KS 66441

Hays Academy of Hair Design

115 S. Fifth St.
Salina, KS 67401

Highland Community College – Wamego Campus

500 Miller Drive
Wamego, KS 66547

Kansas Wesleyan University

100 E. Claflin Ave.
Salina, KS 67401

Manhattan Area Technical College

3136 Dickens Ave.
Manhattan, KS 66503

Manhattan Christian College

1415 Anderson Ave.
Manhattan, KS 66502

Salina Area Technical College

2562 Centennial Road
Salina, KS 67401

Washburn Institute of Technology

5724 SW Huntoon St.
Topeka, KS 66604

Washburn University

1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

WTI Topeka Campus

3712 SW Burlingame Road
Topeka, KS 66609


A route into the teaching profession for our Soldiers and spouses is the Troops to Teachers or Spouses to Teachers programs, both Department of Defense initiatives. The programs assist eligible military personnel and their spouses to transition to a new career as public school teachers in targeted schools. A network of state offices have been established to provide participants with counseling and assistance regarding certification requirements, routes to state certification and employment leads.

Visit for more information and resource links, including a job referral system to allow participants to search for job vacancies as well as links to state departments of education, state certification offices, model resumes and other job listing sites in public education.


Fort Riley’s Education Services and a consortium of colleges and universities associated with the post have teamed up to produce a new teacher education program. The program, which began in January 2009, gives Soldiers, spouses and residents of the Central Flint Hills Region the opportunity to take courses in education on post and online. For more information, call Southwestern College at Fort Riley at 785-784-9930.


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