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  1. Community College of the Air Force The Airman’s College…We Educate Airmen for Life ENLISTED EDUCATION CMSgt James Pepin CCAF/CV 11 May 2011 I n t e g r i t y - S e r v i c e - E x c e l l e n c e

  2. OVERVIEW • CCAF Background • What We Do • General Education Mobile • AU Associate-to-Baccalaureate Cooperative • Picking the Right School • Legislative Proposal Update • New Certification Programs • Supervisor’s Help Needed • Summary • Questions

  3. BACKGROUND • The Airman’s College – Founded 1972 • Regionally accredited through Air University by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools • Students are enrolled upon graduation from Basic Military Training • Earn their first 4 credits towards degree completion • 321,001 students

  4. WHAT WE DO… • Award the Associates of Applied Science degree to all enlisted members • 67 career field focused degree programs • 14 programs linked to licensure and certification • 4 certification programs • Air Force Airframe and Powerplant Certification Program • CCAF Instructor Certification Program – NEW! • CCAF Instructor Systems Development Program • Professional Manager Certification Program – NEW! • 104 Affiliated schools with over 6,000 CCAF faculty members • 371,214 degrees awarded to date • 33.7% of total force career NCOs have a CCAF degree • 52.4% of total force SNCOS have a CCAF degree


  6. SUPPORTING DATA Percent of enlisted members with a degree by service FY09 2-year degrees awarded by service FY09 Source: FY09 DoD Voluntary Education Program Report

  7. SUPPORTING DATA Air Force Members with a CCAF Degree AB Active Duty – 24.5% <1% <1% <1% 4.6% 23.4%43.6% 70.0% 99.2% 99.4% Air National Guard – 14.6% 0% 0% <1% 2.0% 13.5%20.2% 24.0% 29.0% 29.8% Reserve – 20.3% <1% 0% <1% 3.0% 19.4%26.4% 35.2% 43.6% 50.1%

  8. GENERAL EDUCATION MOBILE • General Education – Mobile (GEM) – Launched 2 Mar 09 • Distant Learning Partnership w/ Community Colleges and four-year schools • Links CCAF Student to online general education courses • Oral Comm, Written Comm, Math, Social Science, and Humanities • Available 24/7/365 via the AFVEC; deployment friendly • Created to reduce the delay in completing the CCAF degree…currently 9.64 years on average for 1st CCAF Degree • 26 Schools; 23 with enrollments • 537 course offerings • 774 students and 1,300 enrollments

  9. GEM SCHOOLS Alamo Community College District American Military University Anne Arundel Community College Bismarck State College Burlington County College Butler Community College Central Texas College Clovis Community College Coastline Community College Community College of Aurora Dakota College at Bottineau Dallas Tele College ECPI Florida State College Gulf Coast Community College John Wood Community College Jones International University Pikes Peak Community College Rio Salado Community College Southwestern College State Fair Community College Thomas Edison State College Troy University TUI/Trident University International Univ of Maryland University College Wiregrass Georgia Technical College

  10. AU ASSOCIATE-TO-BACCALAUREATE COOPERATIVE • Air University Associate-to-Baccalaureate Cooperative (AU-ABC) – Launched Jun 07 • Connects CCAF graduates with online bachelor’s programs • 45 military-friendly school partners offer 224 programs • CCAF degree + 60 semester hours = bachelor’s degree • Accessible from the Air Force Portal • 18,059 students & 72,634 enrollments • 491 graduates (Air Force Tuition Assistance funding) • 9 graduates are now lieutenants

  11. AU-ABC SCHOOLS Allied American University American Military University American Sentinel University Amridge University Angelo State University Ashford University Bellevue University Bismarck State College Bowling Green State University Brandman University Colorado Technical University Columbia College Columbia Southern University DeVry University ECPI College of Technology Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Empire State College Excelsior College Granite State College Grantham University Henley-Putnam University Indiana State University Jones International University Kaplan University Liberty University National American University National-Louis University Old Dominion University Saint Leo University Southern New Hampshire University Southwestern College Strayer University Thomas Edison State College Troy University TUI/Trident University International University of Management and Technology Univ of Maryland University College University of Oklahoma University of Phoenix University of the Incarnate Word University of West Alabama US Sports Academy Vaughn College Wayland Baptist University Wilmington University

  12. Things to Consider When Selecting a Civilian School • For-profit versus non-profit school • Brick and mortar versus distance learning school • Regional versus national accreditation • As a consumer: • You want to get your money’s worth • You want to participate in a program that “adds value” • You want to earn credits and a credential that are recognized as being worthwhile, that stand for something, and that enhance your career • You need to get smart on the issues and your options • We can’t all go to Harvard…explore your options and make the choice that is best for you in your particular situation

  13. LEGISLATIVE PROPOSAL UPDATE • FY12 METC Proposal • The Medical Education & Training Campus (METC) • Joint org consolidating enlisted med trng at Ft Sam Houston TX • AF enlisted medical courses moving from Sheppard AFB • 18 degree programs, 21 AFSCs, 75 courses, 5K students/yr • Proposal would allow CCAF to award degrees to all enlisted METC students (Army, Navy & USCG) • 19K sister-service students annually • Army non-concurred with proposal; Army students will not be included if bill passes

  14. LEGISLATIVE PROPOSAL UPDATE • FY12B Wounded Warrior Proposal • Currently all CCAF degree requirements must be completed before leaving the Air Force • Change would allow separated Wounded Warriors up to 10 years after separation/retirement to earn a CCAF degree • Members in Very Seriously Ill or Seriously Ill status added to the eligible candidates (medically retired would be eligible; medically separated not eligible) • Proposal submitted Dec 09; now at DoD level for review

  15. LEGISLATIVE PROPOSAL UPDATE • HR 3733 – Armed Forces Education Parity Act • This FY 11 bill was proposed by Representative Sestak (PA) in Oct 09 • Proposal expands CCAF program eligibility to all enlisted members of the Armed Forces • Bill referred to the House Armed Services Subcommittee (HASC) on Military Personnel on 28 Oct 09 • CCAF developed AU position paper for AETC/CV to forward to SAF/LL in Mar 10 • HASC report on FY11 NDAA, section 554, asks SECDEF for a feasibility/cost analysis to be returned to Congress within 180 days of enactment of the NDAA

  16. NEW CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS • CCAF Professional Manager Certification Program • Formally recognize the SNCO’s professional accomplishments and advance level of education, skills, and experience in leadership and management. • Requirements: • 7 Skill level • ALS or equivalent EPME • NCOA or equivalent EPME • SNCOA or equivalent EPME • 30 semester hrs of leadership/management (EPME) • 6 semester hrs of leadership/management from accredited school or by examination (CLEP/DSST/Excelsior) • Awarded CCAF Associates in applied science degree • AU/CC Approved and rollout was on 1 January 2011; 1,267 awarded

  17. NEW CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS • CCAF Occupational Instructor Certification Program • 3-tier approach: • CIC Level 1: • CCAF-approved Instructor Methodology coursework • 12 semester hours CCAF Teaching Internship • At least an Associate degree or higher • 1 year experience and at least 1,000 hours practical experience • CIC Level 2: • CIC Level 1 • 2 year experience and at least 2,000 hours practical experience • CIC Level 3: • CIC Level 2 • 3 year experience and at least 3,000 hours practical experience • 24 semester hrs of CCAF approved teacher education coursework • At least a Bachelor’s degree or higher • AU/CC Approved and rollout was on 1 January 2011

  18. QUESTIONS/ANSWERS • How do I order another CCAF diploma? • In the event your diploma is lost, stolen, or damaged, you may request a replacement diploma through our Registrar’s office via email.  You will need to provide your name, SSN, reason for replacement, and forwarding address to • Does AU-ABC have a degree program for all AFSCs? • Yes, all AFSCs have degree programs associated with their respective AFSCs.  Specifically for 3E0X2 there are four web pages of schools with degree programs that relate to this AFSC.  Should you have question you may contact CCAF at DSN 749-5092.

  19. QUESTIONS/ANSWERS • Why does the ANG not receive TA? • Members of the National Guard are eligible for tuition assistance. However each of the Armed Forces determines how to administer their own Tuition Assistance (TA).  Since the ANG is a state specific program, each state can/does determine the TA requirements and benefits provided.  In addition each state may offer its National Guard service members state funded education incentives based on state guidelines and eligibility (i.e. TA, waivers, exemptions, student loan repayment, etc.). 

  20. QUESTIONS/ANSWERS • State Tuition Assistance - Although not all states offer payment of TA, many states have additional tuition incentives, which are offered in varying amounts. Visit the following website and in the lower right-hand corner (under the “EXPLORE” tab) you can select your state and see what TA benefits you are eligible for: • Air Force Tuition Assistance (Activated Guard and Reserve) - If activated you will become eligible for the Air Force Tuition Assistance for Active Duty and Activated Reserve/Guard. This Tuition Assistance Program offers: • 100% Tuition and Fees up to $250 @ Semester Credit Hour or $166 @ Quarter Credit Hour. • Not to exceed $4,500 @ Fiscal Year

  21. SUPERVISOR’S HELP • Supervisors Need to be Education Advocates • Set a good example by getting your CCAF degree (credibility) • Reinforce the value of education/CCAF degree (increased competence) • Encourage Earlier Completion of CCAF Degrees • Education is the #1 reason Airmen enlist in the Air Force! • Average new CCAF graduate has 9.64 years service and SSgt rank • Allow our young Airmen to start school when feasible • Airmen could be allowed to go to school while enrolled in CDCs • Reducing the time to graduate increases payback to the Airman and AF • Motivate Airmen to continue education to the level THEY desire • CCAF is the corporate degree of the AF enlisted member! • HOT: Credits must all be obtained while actively serving on active duty, guard or reserve – Retirees and/or those separated can’t add credits

  22. SUMMARY • CCAF Background • What We Do • General Education Mobile • AU Associate-to-Baccalaureate Cooperative • Picking the Right School • Legislative Proposal Update • New Certification Programs • Supervisor’s Help Needed • Summary • Questions

  23. QUESTIONS CONTACT INFORMATION CMSgt James Pepin CCAF Vice Commandant DSN 749-5150 Email: