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College and Post-Secondary Education

Ft Drum Education College and Post-Secondary Education

Welcome to the Army Education Center at the Robert C. McEwen Education Complex. 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 Building P-4300, the center provides traditional and nontraditional educational opportunities and counseling services for the military, their Families and the Civilian workforce. We support not only Fort Drum but also an area of responsibility for northern and western New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

The Army Education Center at the Robert C. McEwen Library and Education Complex


Building P4300, Camp Hale Road

Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 12:45 to 4 p.m. Wednesday

There are two types of classrooms available for general use: computer and traditional. Both types have fully instrumented instructor platforms; computer classrooms have 24 student computers. Units and organizations needing classroom space may schedule on a first-come, first-served basis through the Facility Management team at 315-772-6881.

Counseling Office


Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 12:45 to 4 p.m. Wednesday

Army counselors are available to support Fort Drum active-duty personnel, their spouses, Reserve components and DOD Civilians in a variety of counseling settings.

Basic Skills Education Program (BSEP)

Hours: 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday or 1 to 4 p.m., as scheduled

The BSEP is a 20-day, hybrid instructor-led and computer-assisted on-duty program. BSEP is designed to provide Soldiers with instruction on math, reading and language skills. The goal is to improve job performance, prepare Soldiers for advanced schooling and Civilian higher education, increase re-enlistment options and enhance trainability.

Multi-Use Learning Facility (MLF)


Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Friday

The MLF provides a wide range of educational services and resources to the military community. Some of these services and resources are: various information and study guides on military and Civilian testing, foreign language CD-ROMs and self-study material for reading and grammar, GED preparation, English as a Second Language study material and a computer lab with 24 computers for educational purposes.

Army Personnel Testing (APT)


APT is done through the Education Center’s Testing Center. The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), the Armed Forces Classification Test (AFCT) and the Selection Instrument for Flight Training are just a few of the tests conducted. The TABE and the AFCT are critical links in improving a Soldier’s General Technical and other skill scores. These are linked to a variety of personnel actions including retention, reclassification, specialty training or pre-commissioning programs.

The Dantes National Test Center

Sponsored by Columbia College of Missouri — Fort Drum


Columbia College sponsors a test center supporting the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES Subject Standardized Testing (DSST) credit by examination programs. These tests are available by appointment through Columbia College. Testing is held at 10 a.m. or noon Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Appointments are scheduled by visiting

Additionally, the test center provides examination proctoring for other colleges for a fee.

Higher Education Transition Workshop

As part of the Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP), transitioning Soldiers have the option to attend a two-day Higher Education GPS workshop that provides information on education after separation. As part of this workshop, facilitators have Soldiers complete an education needs assessment and help Soldiers research academic institutions, including tuition costs, fees, accreditation, financial options, admission standards, veterans programs and more. At the conclusion of this workshop, Soldiers provide an acceptance letter from their college of choice or are able to demonstrate researching and completing a college application if they are still reviewing their options. The Higher Education Transition Workshop has a max capacity of two rooms. Units and organization needing classroom space may schedule on a first-come, first-served basis through the Facility Management team at 315-772-6881.

On-Post Educational Opportunities

Ft Drum Education On-Post Educational Opportunities

Education partners providing classes and programs at the Education Center and Annex are:

State University of New York (SUNY) Jefferson Community College

Army Education Center Annex
10450 5th Armored Division Drive
Fort Drum, NY 13602

Located in Watertown, 8 miles from Fort Drum, Jefferson Community College (JCC) serves nearly 4,000 full- and part-time students from Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties. On average, 40 percent of enrollment is comprised of service members, their Families, military retirees and veterans from the Fort Drum area. Jefferson offers 30-plus associate degrees and certificates for career preparation or transfer, as well as local access to bachelors and advanced degrees through partner institutions in Jefferson’s Higher Education Center on our Main Campus. JCC’s degree programs include six online degrees. The college offers classes and provides advisers at the Fort Drum Education Center and Annex. For flexibility, classes are offered in four-week, eight-week and traditional 15-week classes. Jefferson’s staff on Fort Drum will work with commanders to offer five-week “unit courses” at the convenience of the unit. Additionally, the college offers a wide variety of professional certification training programs and workshops for both professional development and personal interest for adults, children and Families throughout the year.

SUNY Empire State College

4300 Camp Hale Road
Fort Drum, NY 13602

SUNY Empire State College offers programs from a nontraditional approach, with degrees ranging from associate through bachelor’s on Fort Drum or at the Watertown center. Master’s degrees and graduate-level certificate programs are available online. 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.

Columbia College of Missouri

315-775-0128, 315-773-5905
4300 Camp Hale Road
Fort Drum, NY 13602

Columbia College of Missouri, Fort Drum, offers online and in-seat programs at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree level. Classes are offered in five eight-week sessions per year. Columbia offers a Spouses’ Opportunity Grant, allowing military spouses to take their first Columbia class tuition-free, and a Military Family Member’s Opportunity Grant, allowing military dependents to take their first in-seat class with Columbia tuition-free. In addition, Columbia offers a spouses’ tuition discount of 20 percent off regular in-seat tuition for the duration of the degree. Columbia College offers classes and provides advisers at their campus in the Fort Drum Education Center.

University of Maryland University College

4300 Camp Hale Road
Fort Drum, NY 13602

University of Maryland University College offers online programs at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree levels. Hybrid courses that fulfill requirements for bachelor’s degrees in cyber security, computer networks and security, and computer and information science are available on Fort Drum. A college representative is at the Education Center to assist all students with their educational goals.

Off-Post Educational Activities

Ft Drum Education Off-Post Educational Opportunities

SUNY North Country Consortium


The Jefferson Higher Education Center (JHEC)
The “E” Building
1220 Coffeen St.
Watertown, New York 13601
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

Seven campuses of the State University of New York partner to bring Fort Drum a wide array of programs from certificates to associate through master’s degrees. Courses and degree programs are designed to be convenient for adults with work schedules and other commitments. Classes are available in traditional classroom settings, as well as through online and hybrid modes. Shorter eight-week semesters as well as evening and weekend classes are also available. Members of the SUNY Consortium include SUNY Canton, SUNY Empire State College, SUNY Institute of Technology — Utica/Rome, SUNY Jefferson, SUNY Oswego, SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Upstate Medical University.

SUNY Potsdam

44 Pierrepont Ave.
Potsdam, NY 13676

SUNY Potsdam is a four-year liberal arts and sciences college offering master’s degrees in the Fort Drum and Watertown area for teachers and those wishing to enter the teaching profession, as well as a master’s in organizational leadership. SUNY Potsdam also offers a degree completion program through which students with an associate degree in business can complete their bachelor’s degree right in Watertown.

SUNY Upstate Medical

315-464-4570 or 800-736-2171

SUNY Upstate Medical University is central New York’s only academic medical center, educating more than 1,200 students in four colleges — medicine, graduate studies, health professions and nursing — as well as their Binghamton Campus. Upstate Medical also hosts 450 graduate physicians in their residency and fellowship training programs and provides continuing education to practitioners. Degree programs offered locally in the Watertown area at the Jefferson Higher Education Center include respiratory therapy, bachelor of science; Family nurse practitioner, master of science; and psychiatric nurse practitioner, master of science.

SUNY College of Technology at Canton

Cornell Drive
Canton, NY 13617

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

SUNY College at Oswego

7060 Route 104
Oswego, NY 13126

Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive college in central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 55 miles from Watertown. Named one of the top 20 public schools in the north by U.S. News and a “Best Northeastern College” by Princeton Review, Oswego offers its 8,300 undergraduate and graduate students outstanding educational experiences with attention to liberal arts and sciences foundations, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches, independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in multicultural and global communities.

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