June 15, 2011

SUNY Empire State College and Community College of the Air Force Team Up in Educational Partnership

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(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – June 15, 2011) – The State University of New York Empire State College and the Community College of the Air Force have entered an educational partnership that will allow airmen to take their general education courses while fulfilling their military duties. The general education Mobile offers “clustered” general education courses for airmen to meet CCAF Associate in Applied Science degree requirements. Courses are offered in a distance learning format, with anytime, anywhere availability. This approach reduces the impact of deployments or permanent change of station and makes it more convenient to fulfill family commitments.

The agreement went into effect at the end of May.

“We're very pleased to be a partner school in the GEM program,” said Linda Frank, director of the college’s Office of Veteran and Military Education. “It's always a privilege to provide services and educational opportunities to our service members.”

The GEM enables Air Force students to sign up for their general education requirements in a single block of courses with SUNY Empire State College, providing greater educational continuity and quicker completion of an associate degree. The goal of the CCAF general education requirement is to stimulate critical, innovative thinking and intellectual curiosity by providing graduates the foundational skills, knowledge and attitudes expected of informed and responsible citizens. Graduates will integrate, synthesize and apply knowledge in written and oral communication, mathematics, the social sciences and humanities.

Credits will transfer and apply toward the CCAF degree. The Air Force Virtual Education Center serves as the central online location for the program. From there, airmen will be able to browse course offerings, register for the five-course sequence and order transcripts.

SUNY Empire State College offers a diverse selection of 19 pre-approved general education courses that meet CCAF requirements, including fundamentals of public speaking, college writing, statistics, economics/macro and introduction to ethics.

The Office of Veteran and Military Education at SUNY Empire State College was created in 2009 to enable the college to respond to the educational needs of active-duty military, veterans and their family members, in the United States and abroad, through the college’s 35 locations in New York state and online. Approximately 1,000 military and veteran students enrolled at Empire State College are served by OVME. Empire State College serves as an open institution of higher learning for active members of the military. The college, through OVME, has partnerships with all branches of the U.S. military.

About SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College, celebrating its 40th year throughout 2011, was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 60,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, not-for-profit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.

For more information, visit www.esc.edu. For more on the 40th anniversary, please go to www.esc.edu/40