Fort Wainwright Community

Education

EDUCATION
Active duty and reserve component Soldiers, their spouses and civilian employees of the Army can use the services of the Community Education Complex at Fort Richardson and the Army Education Center at Fort Wainwright to advance their education. Education counseling can help focus goals into plans, help identify career interests and point out academic weaknesses. Counselors can provide information on Veterans Administration education benefits and other financial aid and scholarship programs, how colleges work, how to earn a degree, and other general education advice. They can also explain how to apply for college credit for experiential learning from military training.

Fort Wainwright’s Education Center is in Buildings 2110 and 2107; the telephone number is 353-7486. Counseling services are available Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and by appointment on Friday.

Multiuse Learning Centers
Computer lab access and related MLC services are available Tuesday from 1 to 5 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To schedule group training in the MLC computer lab, call 353-7297.

Army Personnel Testing
Services and testing hours are separate, with APT service available Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon; and testing by appointment only. To schedule testing, please call 353-6154.

Army personnel tests include all those required for reenlistment, retention and reclassification or for application to various programs such as Warrant Officer Flight Training, the Physician Assistant program, nursing and others.

Exams for college credit
Students should consult with their home colleges for information on obtaining an approved proctored exam. College exams can be proctored by a variety of professionals which may include librarians, chaplains and commanders. Limited proctored exams are available, but must be scheduled well in advance. Proctored examinations have been completed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Colleges will sometime proctor exams for a sitting fee.

Basic skills instruction
A Functional Academic Skill Training class is offered from 8 a.m. to noon. Eight week sessions run continuously. FAST class is limited to 20 students at a time.

Educational counseling
Counseling appointments are available. Information about education planning, tuition assistance and the GI Bill is available. Appointments may be available at lunchtime and after office hours, if needed.

Several colleges and universities maintain offices at the Fort Wainwright education center including, Central Texas College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the University of Alaska and Wayland Baptist University.

Counselors can assist active duty personnel with enrollment for the eArmyU program. Eligible Soldiers can choose the e-course program or the Technology Package program that includes a laptop computer and an Internet service provider account. In addition, counselors can assist Soldiers in using the new GoArmyEd portal.

GoArmyEd is the virtual gateway Soldiers use to request Tuition Assistance (TA) online, anytime for classroom, distance learning and eArmyU online college courses. TA pays 100 percent of tuition costs for postsecondary courses for eligible Soldiers working toward a degree, certification or licensure program.

There is a TA cost cap of $250 per semester hour and an annual cap of $4,500. The GoArmyEd portal gives Soldiers one-stop access to many regionally accredited colleges and universities and more than 1,000 available degree plans.

A number of colleges and universities provide courses on post during the lunch hour, evenings and weekends. Programs include various degrees at the associate, bachelor and master degree levels. At Fort Wainwright, these include the University of Alaska, Central Texas College, Wayland Baptist University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Fort Wainwright also offers classes through the University of Alaska Southeast via satellite. All on-post institutions are fully accredited and belong to the Service Members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) association.

The post also offers a multitude of “distance learning” opportunities as well. The Distance Learning Center can network a student into Army training such as the First Sergeants’, Basic Non- Commissioned Officer Course or Battle Staff courses offered live from locations such as Fort Bliss as well as set up joint conferencing with other installations for training.

Schools
Schools serving Fort Wainwright are part of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. On-post students in grades K through 6 will attend Ladd or Arctic Light elementary schools, depending on housing-area residence.

On-post students in grades 7 through 8 attend Tanana Middle School, and those in grades 9 through 12 attend Lathrop High School.

Families residing off-post should contact the school district to determine which schools service their area. You may contact the school district at 520 Fifth Ave., Fairbanks, AK 99701; or call (907) 452-2000. The website is www.k12northstar.org. 

Army School Support Services can assist families with school issues and questions. The SSS office is located in the Fort Wainwright Youth Center, Building 4109 Neely Road. For assistance, call (907) 361-9377.

Schools serving Fort Greely are primarily within the Delta/Greely School District. On-post students in grades K through 3 are bused to Delta Elementary School. All District students in grades 4 through 8 attend Fort Greely Middle School. All Fort Greely students in grades 9 through 12 are bused to Delta High School.

Families residing off-post should contact the school district to determine which schools service their area. You may contact the school district at P.O. Box 527, Delta Junction, AK 99737; or call (907) 895-4658. The website is www.dgsd.k12.ak.us

Yukon Koyukuk School District provides home school support for residents of Fort Greely. Visit www.yksd.com  for more information. To enroll in any Alaska public school, students must present immunization records showing vaccination for DT, DPT, or TD; polio; measles (series of two shots); rubella; Hepatitis A (series of three shots); Hepatitis B (series of three shots); and Varicella (chicken pox).

A signed physician’s statement is required if there are medical reasons a child cannot be vaccinated.

In addition, kindergarten students must present birth certificates indicating they will be at least 5 years old before Sept. 1 of the school year. Physical exams are required for kindergartners.

New students must show their birth certificates.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District serves more than 14,200 students in 35 schools – from rural elementary schools of 100 students to comprehensive high schools of more than 1,200 – covering nearly 7,400 square miles. That’s roughly the size of Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island combined. The area also includes two military bases – Fort Wainwright and Eielson Air Force Base – as well as growing cities and close-knit rural communities.

Fairbanks, the state’s second largest city, is the hub of the Interior and an ethnic melting pot. Students and their families come from more than 40 different language backgrounds, including Spanish, Lao, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, German, Tagalog, Thai and Hmong. The Athabascan people also continue to influence this rich cultural tapestry as the original residents for the last 10,000 years or so.

The school board is aware of that diverse population and is committed to hiring teachers, administrators and support staff who represent the community. The district also addresses the needs and perspectives of families with differing lifestyles, political orientations and viewpoints. This approach has attracted many families who might otherwise consider home-schooling or private school options.

Needless to say, the district transcends the one-size-fits-all method. Students in grades K through 12 can choose rigorous academic courses, career technical education, an extended learning program, special education, advanced placement classes, university programs, a wide range of electives, and a variety of extracurricular and other student activities.

Students of Fairbanks North Star Borough School District also enjoy a technology-rich environment. All schools are wired, every teacher has a computer and a “technology blueprint” integrates technology into the curriculum. Projectors, computer labs, SMART boards, document cameras, and a variety of instructional software for reading, writing and math more than enhance the classroom experience. And PowerSchool Premiere, a student records management system, encourages interaction between teachers, students and their parents.

Rounding out the curriculum are courses in career-technical education, special education, advanced placement, extended learning, specialized university, a wide range of electives, extracurricular activities and a variety of student activities.

Elementary school students receive recess, general music and physic Fairbanks North Star Borough School District (continued) education and band. Orchestra lessons start in fourth grade, and an awardwinning visual arts program integrates art lessons with subject areas at all grade levels.

The district employs state-required standards-based assessments (SBA) in grades three through 10, the TerraNova CAT in grades 5 and 7, and a High School Graduation Qualifying Exam. Other surveys may include the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessment, an early screening profile for new kindergarteners, and ACT or SAT tests.

In 2005, the average Fairbanks student placed in the 63rd percentile on national standardized tests, with significantly higher composite SAT and ACT scores than state and national averages. Most schools feature small classes, and recent surveys indicate a high level of parental satisfaction and support.

The school system is neither totally autonomous nor totally centralized. That attitude allows each of the 35 schools to respond to their community’s desires and expectations within a framework of strong central leadership that sets goals, allocates funding and staffing, and ensures maximum accountability and consistency.

To receive the regular high school diploma, students must satisfactorily complete the State Board of Education’s and the school district’s required course of study. Parameters include a minimum of 22.5 credits in the following subject areas: English (4 credits), social studies (3.5 credits), science (3 credits), math (3 credits), physical education (1.5 credits), health (.5 credits) and seven elective credits.

To enroll in any Fairbanks public school, parents and students must present immunization records showing vaccination for DT, DPT or TD, polio, measles (series of two shots), rubella, Hepatitis A (series of three shots), Hepatitis B (series of three shots), and Varicella (chicken pox). Other requirements include: a signed physician’s statement explaining any medical reasons a child’s lack of vaccination, new students must show their birth certificates and kindergarteners must be at least 5 years old before September 1.

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