By Staff Sgt. Amanda Delisle
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
A new mobile learning format now offers a more accommodating schedule for Airmen taking college courses.
The General Education Mobile program, launched March 2 by the Community College of the Air Force, is a partnership between CCAF and civilian academic institutions to offer a group of general education classes through a web-based platform.
“This program is a great way for Airmen who don’t wish to use the CLEP/DANTES to complete their degree requirements more quickly and easily,” Tech. Sgt. Tim Munger, 50th Mission Support Group training manager. “No enlisted person should leave the Air Force without an associate’s degree. This program is another great tool for Airmen to be able to do that.”
Participating schools offer at least one course in each of five general education areas: mathematics, written communication, oral communication, social science and humanities. Currently, nine schools are available.
Courses are offered in distance (mobile) learning format and meet the CCAF associate in applied science degree prerequisites which require students to complete one class in each of general education categories.
After enrolling for a five-course sequence, students register for the semester they want to take a particular class. Many schools offer eight-week courses, allowing students to finish core requirements in as little as one year.
“The convenience and flexibility of doing distance learning part time really allows students to progress at their own pace to achieve their goals,” said Master Sgt. Scott Dillingham, 50th Space Wing career assistance advisor. “My wife is taking a distance learning course and the open format allows her to manage taking care of our children and do schoolwork at home.”
Courses have a set semester with start and completion dates. However, the format allows students more freedom to complete classes at their pace.
GEM courses can be paid for using tuition assistance. All GEM general education course costs are within tuition assistance maximums. Additionally, some GEM schools offer reduced-cost or even free course books.
Through the Air Force Portal, the program offers Airmen online registration, course enrollment, tuition assistance and CCAF transcript ordering processes. Additionally, students can use a search to find schools and courses of their choice.
GEM is available on the Air Force Virtual Education Center Web site through the Air Force Portal. Click on ‘My GEM’ on the right sidebar.