U.S. Air Force - Altus
Western Oklahoma State College on Altus Air Force Base
Western cares about student success! That is why we are a presence on Altus Air Force Base. Our program on base is designed for the convenience of students with erratic schedules. It is our intense desire for students to be successful. For that reason, we have staff that is willing to work with the student. If there is a reasonable way to do what needs to be done for a student, Western is willing. You are always welcome at the Western office on base. If you have questions or just need help, please contact us--by phone: 580-481-6106 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To ensure the success of service members interested in taking courses or obtaining a degree from Western, perspective students are directed to speak with their Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor at Altus Air Force Base prior to enrolling in the institution. The ESO or counselor will provide guidance regarding courses needed to obtain a Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) degree as well as information pertaining to tuition assistance.
The Associate of Applied Science in Military Studies can be completed in its entirity on base, and can often be done in conjunction with your CCAF degree. Many times, students can complete both degrees simultaneously without having to take any additional courses. AAS in Military Studies degree plan. See your AAFB Liaison for more details!
Western Oklahoma State College is committed to the academic success of the men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces. As an institution, Western understands there may be times when duty calls and students are required to engage in extensive training or full deployment. If possible, instructors will work diligently with students and devise a plan that will allow for course completion. If this is not an option, students may provide a copy of his or her orders for deployment to the Altus Air Force Base Liaison in order to be withdrawn from the course(s) without penalty.
Because WOSC cares about student success, there are services in place to help at all junctures of the student experience. Whether it be tutoring, career advice, or personal needs, Student Support Services at WOSC are committed to helping you. Should any additional information, materials, or opportunities be necessary to help you be a success at Western, contact Student Support Services or the AAFB Liaison. We are here to help!
Members of the United States Armed Forces that have been forced to place their education on hold due to service related obligations are eligible to return as students if they left the College in "good standing." Good standing refers to items such as a zero balance in the Office of Business Affairs and the GPA requirements set by the Office of Admissions.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should be my first step in the enrollment process?
What classes are offered on base?
The courses offered on Altus Air Force Base pertain directly to the CCAF and AAS in Military Studies. The typical courses offered on base are 8 weeks long, and meet one night per week (starting at 1700). Courses vary by term.
Does TA cover my tuition?
For in-class and online courses, our tuition is much lower than the cap for TA. Textbooks and fees are not currently covered by TA.
Effective 1 October 2014, members planning to sign up for military TA may apply no earlier than 45 calendar days prior to, but no later than seven calendar days before the term starts and TA documentation must be approved by their supervisor within that time frame.
What textbook do I need?
Where do I get my textbook?
The Student Store at WOSC carries all of the books required for WOSC courses. The Student Store is open Monday-Friday 0730-1700, with extended hours at the beginning of every semester.
Why buy your books from the Student Store? TEXTBOOK BUY BACK! Receive money for your book when your course is over! For more information about textbooks click HERE.
Where will my class be held?
On base classes are offered in the evenings on the 2nd floor of Bldg 87. Individual classrooms are assigned by the Education Office shortly before the term starts. See the AAFB Liaison for classroom details.
What happens if I receive TDY orders before the end of the class?
Western Oklahoma State College is committed to the academic success of the men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces. As an institution, Western understands there may be times when duty calls and students are required to engage in extensive training or full deployment. As an institution, Western is concerned with the academic success of its enlisted students. If possible, instructors will work diligently with students and devise a plan that will allow for course completion. If this is not an option, students may provide a copy of his or her orders for deployment to the Altus Air Force Base Liaison in order to be withdrawn from the course(s) without penalty.
What if I get into a class and it is too difficult?
Western's instructors are very accommodating, and will try to help you to handle the problem. In many cases, the additional support needed can come directly from your instructor! WOSC has tutoring programs available, click HERE for a schedule. In addition, many students qualify for help through the WINDS program, which provides tutoring along with academic advising and many other services. More information on WINDS. Active Duty Military personnel also have FREE access to tutoring through www.tutor.com.
Can I take all the classes that I need for my degree on base?
The Associate of Applied Science in Military Studies is offered in its entirity on Altus Air Force Base. Additionally, an overwhelming majority of the General Education requirements for the CCAF can be completed on base. However, It is not possible to offer all classes on base. For example, we cannot put laboratory facilities on base. On base classes are offered in the evenings in Bldg 87 in the 8-week format. Western works in conjunction with the Education Office at AAFB to provide the classes pertinent to AD military personnel to meet their educational goals. Contact the AAFB Liaison for class or scheduling requests.
How does a Western degree plan fit with pursuit of the CCAF degree?
It is possible to work toward a Western degree plan and allow the courses that are taken for the Western degree to also fill requirements for the CCAF. This can be done provided that the student pursues them both at the same time.
Will the courses that I take at Western transfer to another institution?
There should be no problem with this. Western's instructors have to meet the same requirements as those in the bigger schools. A course at Western should be as good as the same course being taught anywhere else. There should be no logical reason for them not to be acceptable at other schools. The one exception is that a college cannot accept credit in an area that it does not have an equivalent program in.
How do I decide what I want to study?
It is important to spend considerable time asking, "What can I see myself doing someday, that I could enjoy doing for a career?" Think about hobbies that you might have that might evolve into a career. Think about things that you just enjoy learning more about. If one still cannot settle on a degree plan, visit Student Services at 477-7921.
Where do I take my CLEP or DSST exams?
CLEP and DSST exams are offered by Student Assessment in the testing center on campus, room SSC-206. Testing times are 0800, 1000, 1300, and 1500 Monday - Friday during the academic year. During the summer term (1 JUN - 31 JUL), testing is offered Monday - Thursday.
Tests can be scheduled by calling 477-7921 or 477-7714, or by emailing email@example.com. Information regarding what exams are offered can be found HERE. Study materials can be found on Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC) under the tab, "Study Guides".
Want more information? Check out these pages:
- Veterans Affairs Packet
- Western VA Principles of Excellence Program
- MyCAA for Military Spouses
- AAS Military Degree Studies