The school liaison officer (SLO) supports the Child and Youth Education Service and Navy Child and Youth Programs. The SLO is the primary point of contact between the military installation and transitioning families, the local schools and school districts, and the community at large. The SLO program helps installation and regional commanders work with state departments and local school districts to foster awareness of the stressors on military families brought about by frequent transitions and extended deployments. These educational professionals are on all major Navy installations and serve as a link between Navy families and schools. The NAS Oceana and Dam Neck school liaison officer is in the Oceana Youth Center in Building 531 and can be reached at 757-433-2496/3976.
Many testing services are available to military personnel through the Prometric Testing Center NAS Oceana and the DANTES Testing Center at NCO’s JEB Little Creek-Fort Story. Testing services include the General Education Development (GED) exam; Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT); American College Test (ACT); and college credit by exams, including eCLEP general and subject exams and electronic DANTES Subject and Standardized Tests (ibtDSST). There are more than 70 eCLEP and ibtDSST computer-based exams for college credit, which provide immediate feedback to the test taker. Sample test materials for the CLEP, DSST and ECE are available at several websites, including https://www.nko.navy.mil and www.getcollegecredit.com. The testing office on Naval Station Norfolk administers multiple foreign language exams (i.e., DLAB, DLPT, OPI). Testing services are not limited to the aforementioned. Many testing services are also available to dependents, retirees and base civilians. For a schedule or additional information, contact Education Services Center Oceana at 757-433-3129/6183 or NCO JEBLCFS at 757-462-8279.
Service members Opportunity Colleges (SOC)
SOC is a network of hundreds of colleges and universities whose policies and programs are designed to help meet the higher education needs of service members. SOC has developed a degree program known as SOCNAV, which includes a network of associate and bachelor’s degrees designed to meet the special needs of naval personnel, and SOCMAR to meet the needs of Marines. On-base college programs are members of SOC.
Programs and courses on the base are offered in accelerated terms, varying in length from eight-week to 16-week semesters. Some of the schools offer special weekend programs and many also offer online and distance-learning courses. All of the undergraduate institutions offer eight- to nine-week terms, five times per year. Accelerated graduate programs are offered in nine- to 10-week cycles.
ECPI-College of Technology
Offers undergraduate courses toward several associate and bachelor’s degrees while offering courses leading to several different computer certifications. POC at NAS Oceana: 757-491-5755, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in Building 531, Room T101.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Offers courses toward airframes and power plant licensure; associate degrees in professional aeronautics and aviation maintenance management; bachelor’s degree programs in technical operations, aviation business administration and professional aeronautics; and a master’s degree in aeronautical science, with specializations in aviation management, operations, aeronautics and safety. POC at NAS Oceana: 757-437-8061, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Building 531, Suite 103.
Saint Leo University
Saint Leo offers undergraduate programs to include an Associate of Arts in liberal arts, criminal justice and business administration. It has Bachelor of Arts degrees in religion, psychology, sociology, criminal justice, human resources management, entrepreneurship, family business and business administration with specializations in management, technology management, accounting and marketing. There are also Bachelor of Science degrees in health care management, computer information systems and social work. Master’s degree programs are also available. POC at NAS Oceana: 757-428-8395, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; and 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Building 531, Suite 105. Please visit the website at www.saintleo.edu/shrc.
Old Dominion University
Offers multiple undergraduate and graduate degrees in many disciplines in the local area in a traditional classroom format as well as via online and distance-learning courses. POC at NAS Oceana: 757-491-5109, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Building 531, Suite 100.
Tidewater Community College
Offers courses toward various associate degree programs including general studies and a unique Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Engineering Technology, offered in accelerated semesters, enabling students to complete the degree in two years or less. The degree is transferable to Old Dominion University’s Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology. POC at NAS Oceana: 757-491-4385, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Building 531, Suite 100.
Offers several local graduate programs. Courses can be taken in the classroom or online leading to a master’s degree in business administration, human resources management, management and public administration. An EMBA (executive MBA) is offered through distance learning. POC at NAS Oceana: 757-425-2066, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Building 531, Suite 100.
Southern Illinois University
Offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Workforce Education and Training. Enrollment is open to all active-duty personnel and civil service personnel who have technical training and at least two years of work experience in an occupational specialty. POC at NAS Oceana: 757-422-4352, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Building 531, Suite 106.