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Education committee gears up for 2011

Posted 2/3/2011   Updated 2/3/2011 Email story   Print story


by Senior Airman Amber R. Kelly-Herard
375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

2/3/2011 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill.  -- Six years ago, the Base Education Planning and Advisory Committee was founded to better serve Education Center customers.

Since then, the Education Center has come a long way thanks to improvements such as enhancing the classroom environment, getting wireless internet and Scott becoming a National Test Center.

"The BEPAC and its working groups are established to provide a forum for members to address common concerns, identify quality improvements and create new initiatives," said Michelle Marinelli, 375th Force Support Squadron Education Center Alternate Test Control officer.

The BEPAC's first meeting of 2011 was held Jan. 26 where they discussed plans for the upcoming year.

BEPAC's goals for the Education Center this year are to implement and evaluate customer service training efforts, review and improve the main customer service telephone system, explore options for online customer surveys and communication, and explore improvements to community of practice content.

The committee would also like to add additional art and pictures to classrooms.
"The most important part of BEPAC to me is the partnerships and ideas that are developed between base leadership, the Education Office, on-base colleges and professional organizations represented," said Mrs. Marinelli.

The committee meets quarterly and is composed of members from the Education Center, personnel from the schools represented on base, 375th Force Support Squadron leadership, the base librarian, members of base agencies and representatives from off-base colleges who executed a memorandum of agreement.
The committee discussed upcoming events and information in the Education center.
For more information on BEPAC, educational needs or programs, contact the Education Center at 256-3327.

Education Center events and programs

Team Scott is a National Test Center that offers CLEP and DANTES Tuesdays and Thursdays. Appointments are required.

The next Education Fair, themed "Global Education," will be held April 6 at the Scott Club from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There is a new CCAF certification coming out, called Professional Manager. This certification is designed for senior NCOs who have completed all their professional military education and 7-level career development courses.
The Online Academic Skills Course is available through It is free for military, family members and Department of Defense civilians and offers verbal and math skills for CLEPs and classes.

The Base Library has a program called, It offers live tutoring for active duty members and family members and is also free.

There are also numerous changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill. These changes are briefed at the Education Center.

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