OASC/CPST Downtime

Peterson's will be performing system updates to the OASC/CPST server. Messaging will be added to the course homepage and welcome page to alert students and administrators. The Web site/products may not be available during that time.

When: 11:00pm (EST) Saturday, May 3 to 7:00am (EST) Sunday, May 4

New DSST Exam Launches in 2014

It is hard to think of any aspect of our daily lives that is not impacted by potential threats to cyberspace. Organizations spend billions of dollars each year to protect sensitive data and resources, yet hardly a day passes without news of a cyber-attack with resulting loss of business or personal data. Prometric is pleased to announce the launch of a new upper-level DSST exam in early 2014 - Fundamentals of Cybersecurity. Students can earn 3 ACE recommended semester hours of upper-level college credit if they take this exam and pass it. Fundamentals of Cybersecurity, includes content related to major topics in Cybersecurity including Application and Systems Security, Implementing Authentication and Authorization Technologies, Compliance, security pertaining to networks and physical environments and vulnerability management. The upper-level exam will be available in early 2014 and more information will be made available once the exam is launched.

How can this exam be used? Well there are a variety of Information Technology and Cybersecurity degrees and certificates available. Military members should contact their local or virtual education center counselor to find out which certificate or degree program is right for them and if taking this exam will be beneficial. This exam may be applied to other degrees as well. Your counselor will guide you through which CLEP and/or DSST exams will help you earn college credit while saving on college costs and reducing your time to degree completion. For more information on Cybersecurity careers check out http://dantespulse.com/?p=1253.

Here is a 1 minute video to show you how taking a DSST College Credit Exam can help you.





NBCC Foundation announces 2014 military scholarships

The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Foundation is pleased to announce the 2014 military scholarships for Service members, veterans, and their spouses pursuing a career in professional counseling. These scholarships provide financial support to students who are currently enrolled in a CACREP-accredited, master’s-level counseling program; are active duty, have served in the military within the past five years or are a military spouse; and who commit to serving military personnel for a minimum of two years upon graduation.

Five scholarships in the amount of $5,000 are available. The deadline for applications is Nov. 1, 2013.

For more information or to apply, visit www.nbccf.org/programs.

DoD MOU Change 2 Available for Public Comment

The proposed rule for change 2 to DoDI 1322.25, Voluntary Education Programs, which includes a revised MOU containing the Principles of Excellence from the Presidential Executive Order 13607, has been posted to the Federal Register and is now available for public comments.

Please review carefully and submit comments by September 30, 2013. The proposed rule can be accessed via: https://federalregister.gov/a/2013-19747

Army Active Duty – Access OASC via DANTES OASC URL

As of June 21, 2013, all military branches, to include National Guard and Reserve, can access the DANTES Online Academic Skills Course (OASC) via the same URL: www.nelnetsolutions.com/dantes/.

Active duty Army personnel will no longer be required to contact their ESO/Military Education Center prior to registration to OASC. Active duty Army Service members currently using the course will access their course with their current username and password at the DANTES OASC URL. New active duty Army Service member registrants will no longer need an access code to complete their registration. They will select Army as their Service branch and select their installation at the registration on the DANTES OASC URL.

Active duty Army OASC Administrators are recommended to review the OASC administrator computer based training at: www.nelnetsolutions.com/admincbt/. All previous information and reports on active duty Army personnel registered in OASC has rolled over to the DANTES OASC URL and reports will be viewed at this same URL.

For questions on OASC, contact the DANTES OASC Program Manager at refpubs@navy.mil.