Personal and Professional Development


The Transitioning to College brief, provided during the Transition Readiness Seminar(TRS), provides guidance to service members and their families on the process and preparations of pursuing a college degree prior to separation from the military.  The brief encompasses how to research institutions and educational programs, various options to fund your education, understanding entitled VA educational benefits (MBIG/Post 9-11), the admissions process, the Leadership Scholar Program and additional resources. 

The pathway to a degree can seem overwhelming; therefore, we encourage participants to set up a one-on-one counseling session with our Personal and Professional Development Advisors, after the overview.  Our advisors can provide information specific to the Service Member’s personal education plan, additional details regarding the programs covered during the overview, and answer any related questions.

Service members must contact their Unit Transition Counselor (UTC) to enroll in the mandatory TRS one year prior to separation from service.  For more information and to set up and an appointment with a Personal and Professional Development Advisor, call 645-5778 for Foster and Futenma. For Kinser please call 637-1821. For Hansen, Schwab and Courtney please call 623-4376.


Registration for TRS and Employment Assistance Workshops

For Educational Guidance and Follow-up with a TRS Instructor


Occupational field assessment: 

General College Web Sites: 

Service members Opportunity Colleges (SOC): 

Joint Service Transcript:  or 

Testing study info: CLEP / DSST / ASVAB / ACT/ SAT: 

Online Academic Skills Course (OASC): 

Veterans Affairs (VA) GI Bill benefits information:   

Yellow Ribbon Program:

Financial Aid site with links to other sites: 

Federal grants and loans (Free Application for FederalStudent Assistance): 

FAFSA 2017-2018 Guide

Dept of Education (The Student Guide): 

Scholarship databases:, 

Career One Stop: 

Entrepreneurship Information: 

GI Bill: Facts to Consider when Choosing a School:

GI Bill Comparison Tool:

Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness:

CLEP/DSST Registration Website: 

DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-TraditionalEducation Support), Policy & procedures, DANTES catalogs, SOCinformation, Troops to Teachers, etc:

MCCOOL (Marine Corps Credentialing Opportunities On-Line) Voucher: 

Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program:  

Hiring our Heroes:  

VA Work Study Video: 







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