MCLB ALBANY

Lifelong Learning Services

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MCLB ALbany_2019 Marine Corps Community Service Lifelong Learning Services

Education Services Center

Education Services Center, in Building 7122, contains comprehensive information pertaining to the Marine Corps’ Lifelong Learning Program, a library of college brochures and information about area educational institutions and distance learning opportunities. Additionally, staff can help service members with requests for higher education.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is closed on federal holidays. For more information, call 229-639-5162 or 229-639-5426.

Family Member Employment Assistance Program

The Family Member Employment Assistance Program provides employment-related referral services, career and skills assessments, career coaching, job search guidance, portable career opportunities and education center referrals/guidance. FMEAP is in Building 7122. For more information, call 229-639-9122.

Information and Referral

Information and Referral, in Building 7122, creates and maintains databases of programs and services then disseminates that information through a variety of means to individuals and communities. The office has various handouts and pamphlets of military/community social and human service programs. All military personnel, DOD civilians, sponsored family members and retirees can obtain information about myriad services available both on base and in the local community. For more information, call 229-639-5278.

Library

The Base Library, in Building 7122, houses a collection of more than 10,000 books available for checkout. In addition, the library also has video games, audiobooks and DVDs for loan. The library provides several in-house hard copy magazines and newspapers; such as the Albany Herald, Marine Times and Navy Times. More than 200 digital magazine are available through Zinio, a database of digital magazines which library patrons can access from a desktop computer, smartphone, iPad, etc. Need to do some research? Information and facts can be found using the library’s in-house general reference collection. Advanced research is available through the library’s 21 online research databases.

These research databases can be found through the USMC Libraries webpage: http://mccs.ent.sirsi.net. Downloadable e-books are available through Navy MWR Digital Library. Books can be borrowed, read and returned online. Check it out at https://mwrdigitallibrary.navy.mil. The library offers year-round events, including story hour, after-school Lego and robotics clubs.

Online homework help: 24/7 online tutoring is available for military families at http://tutor.com. Get the instructions to access Tutor.com at the Base Library.

Learn a language: Get your access instructions through the base library.

Online encyclopedias: Worldbook and Britannica are available online for base library users.

Interlibrary loans: Books can be borrowed from Marine Corps libraries with a loan period of three weeks with one additional three-week renewal.

Other library services:

  • WiFi connectivity
  • Laptop computers
  • Fax machine
  • Document shredder
  • Color printer and copier

For more information, call 229-639-5242.

Marine Corps Family Team Building

Marine Corps Family Team Building is tasked by Headquarters Marine Corps to “enhance and support the Unit, Personal and Family Readiness Programs by providing relevant and standardized family readiness training to unit commanders, Family Readiness Command Teams, Marines and their families; thereby, reinforcing the pillars of resiliency, sustaining a constant state of personal and family readiness for a lifetime and ultimately enhancing unit mission readiness.” It is MCFTB’s mission to provide families with the skills and tools necessary to fully embrace and enjoy their Marine Corps careers. Ongoing events include Spouse Meet and Greets, Back to School Brigade School Supplies and Christmas toy drives from Operation Homefront.

Marine Corps Family Team Building offers training in: Family Readiness Program Training, Life Skills, L.I.N.K.S. and Readiness and Deployment Support. For information onn programs and services, call the Marine Corps Family Team Building Program Office at 229-639-5767.

Personal Financial Management Program

Personal Financial Management Program, in Building 7122, has an accredited financial counselor available for group or individual counseling sessions. Some of the topics covered include credit and debt management, preparing to transition out of the military, car and home buying, and understanding benefits and entitlements. Services are available to all active-duty and reserve personnel and their family members.

For more information, call 229-639-6440.

Retired Activities Office

The Retired Activities Office, in Building 7122, provides information, support and advocacy to retirees of all branches of the U.S. armed forces, their spouses, widows and widowers, regarding the benefits and entitlements they earned with their honorable and faithful service to the nation.

For more information, call 229-639-5278.

Transition Readiness Program

Transition Readiness Program implements a comprehensive transition and employment assistance program for Marines and their families; the program emphasizes a proactive approach that will enable service members to formulate effective post-transition employment, educational and entrepreneurial goals.

The Transition Readiness Seminar is a five-day mandatory seminar designed for all active-duty and Reserve personnel leaving the active-duty service. Military personnel are encouraged to maximize the benefits of the course by attending 12 months prior to separation and 24 months prior to retirement. Contact the unit transition coordinator or career planner to register.

For more information, call 229-639-9122.

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