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Volume III, Issue 1

Degrees Offered at Dyess

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University BS Professional Aeronautics

Celebrating Voluntary Higher Education

By Mr. Michael Keith, BTES Guidance Counselor

You are invited to attend the 2009 Dyess AFB Education Fair to be held on Nov 19th at the Heritage Club. The Ed Fair starts at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 1:00 p.m. The Education Fair is an annual event which brings together students, prospective students, and college/ university representatives. College and University representatives have the opportunity to explain their various programs to you, and you have the opportunity to ask as many questions as needed. You get your answers right from the horse's mouth so to speak. Here at Dyess AFB, we schedule a full week of educational events at the Education Center each year. This year, McMurry University will host an educational event along with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Coastline Community College. The events are held from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. each day from Nov 16th to Nov 20th. On Thursday, Nov 19th, all eyes will be focused on the Education Fair at the Heritage Club. Whether you are considering a specific degree to carry you through your military career or one that is focused on your career after military service is completed--an Education Fair is a great place to get the answers you need. Representatives from numerous on-line schools, local colleges/universities, and on-base schools will be there to give you the most up-to-date information. Reading a school's advertisement on the Internet does not afford you the opportunity to interact directly with a College/University representative. Many of these schools offer General Education courses which will help you complete your CCAF degree, and those same courses can be used as transfer credit in most situations. So, make a note on your calendar, tell your friends and co-workers, bring your spouse, and sit down with a representative to plan your educational future. We'll look forward to seeing you at the Education Fair on Nov 19th, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

BS Technical Management Master of Aeronautical Master of Science in Various Certificates General Education courses

toward - CCAF - Bachelor of Art - Bachelor of Science Degrees Bachelor of Business Administration Core Business requirements (toward various concentrations) Coastline Community College GEM - CCAF General Education Requirements McMurry University Management Science

12 AA Degree Options for the

Military Spouses Program

26 AA Degree Options for

Service Members CISCO College AA in General Studies

Listing of Education Week Initiatives

By Mr. Michael Keith, BTES Guidance Counselor

AA in Teaching AAS in Management AAS in Criminal Justice AAS in Business Systems AAS in Child Care Technology AAS in Industrial Technology AAS in Auto Technology AAS in Nursing Licensed Vocational Nurse

The unofficial listing of the schools' sponsored presentations, during this year' s Education week November 17th - 20th 2009 is as follow: Tuesday November 17, 2009 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Teacher Certification McMurry University 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ERAU and Your Future Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Wednesday November 18, 2009 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. General Education Mobile ,GEM Coastline Community College

Thursday November 19, 2009 10:00 a.m. ­ 1:00 p.m. Education Fair Friday November 20, 2009 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Post 911 GI Bill Benefits Mr. Michael Keith, BTES Guidance Counselor For more up-to-date information, please stop by the Education Center or check the 7 FSS website at We hope you will find a moment in your busy schedule to join us to gather valuable information about your voluntary education benefits and resources, and celebrate learning. See you soon!

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Tomorrow' s College Today

General Education Mobile

Every Airman working on his Associates of Applied Science degree, through the Community College of the Air Force, knows that besides the technical and five skill level requirements needed, there is also the academic part, consisting of five courses, 15 semester hours, in the general education area. These courses, comprised of Oral Communication, Written Communication, Math, Social Sciences, and Humanities, need to be completed before a CCAF degree can be awarded. The main reasons why CCAF degree completion averages 12 years are frequent changes of permanent duty station and mandatory deployments. To satisfy the Gen Ed requirements the traditional way, an Airman has to select an accredited school, ensure the courses are accepted by the CCAF (this is accomplished by knowing how to use the Civilian Conversion Table), go the school's website and apply, visit the Air Force Virtual Education Center to apply for Tuition Assistance (TA), and order the books for the course. And, lastly, one must attain a passing grade. Too often, Airmen have to wait until they return from a deployment to have an opportunity to take another course. Recently CCAF, and a number of carefully selected schools, established a partnership called General Education Mobile (GEM), which eliminates many of these barriers. Today, the GEM programs allows Airmen to fully utilize the Academic Institution Portal (AI), choose a school that is pre-approved by CCAF, apply for admission, outline their courses, register for classes, apply for TA, and order books. All of this can be accomplished by a click of the mouse on this Air Force website. Today, thanks to the GEM program, Airmen can take 8 week classes at remote locations, at an accelerated pace. This one-stop-shopping website allows Airmen to utilize their TA funds in a costefficient manner. Coastline Community College is a charter member of this consortium of schools and your true partner in voluntary higher education. Our regional accreditation, quality on-line courses, continuous membership in Service Members Opportunity College, and a number of other incentives allow Airmen to expedite completion of their general education CCAF degree requirements in the 21st century technology innovative style. The main incentives Coastline offers through the GEM program are: $50 textbooks that include shipping and handling, regardless of the textbooks required for a course; the "1 Carat" incentive that offers a $50 refund for each course that an Airman successfully completes; and the novel concept of "Learning Communities" which integrates two Gen Ed courses in a combined learning experience which include common assignments that satisfy both course requirements. To take advantage of this new, innovative, and simplified process, please visit and contact your local Coastline Community College representative at [email protected] or (325) 6965543.

Military Spouses Program

The general outline of the program is to offer Associates in Arts (AA) degrees in 12 disciplines; American Studies, Art and Humanities, Science and Math, Social and Behavioral Sciences, General Business, Business Administration, Human Resource Management, Managements, Human Services, Sociology, and History. The key elements are: courses are offered at $69/unit and free books are provided. Spouses only pay the S&H for their study materials. Coastline's 8-week online courses make an AA degree very attainable, flexible, and student oriented. Only four courses (12 semester hours) satisfy the residency requirement. All other course degree requirements can be satisfied by other college credits (we accept credit for other regionally accredited schools and universities), CLEP and DANTES tests, military credits (if you are a veteran) or continued courses with Coastline. Coastline participates in the military Career Advancement Account Initiative which allows eligible military spouses worldwide to receive up to $6,000 of financial assistance to help pay for their licenses, certifications, and education in high growth, high demand portable career fields. For more information visit: Coastline Community College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Here are two simple Math equations to show you the min. and the max. expenses you would encounter while earning your AA degree through Coastline: 4 courses, 3 sh each with CCC= $ 828.00 (to satisfy the residency requirement) 20 courses, 3 sh each with CCC= $ 4, 140.00 (all courses taken with Coastline) Notice, these fall well within the $6,000! For more detailed information please visit: or stop by the Education Center, room 325. Feel free to email [email protected] for assistance with your admission, eligibility, and placement test scheduling.

At last a partner in your education

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Schools Corner

Community College of the Air Force

Don't forget that with CCAF, you can earn college credit for training! Graduation from basic military training earns you 4 semester credit hours and automatically registers you into a degree program designed specifically for your Air Force specialty. CCAF degree programs require a minimum of 64 semester hours consisting of physical education, technical education, general education, leadership, management, military studies, and electives. While you're learning that high-tech Air Force skill, you'll also earn semester-hour credit for entry-level, advanced, and skill-upgrade technical training. Completion of Airman Leadership School, the NCO Academy, and the Senior NCO Academy earns you additional semesterhour credit. Contact your Education Counselor to learn more.

McMurry University

McMurry University is a Methodist-affiliated four year undergraduate liberal arts institution. Since 1960, the University and Dyess AFB have enjoyed a continuous partnership. McMurry does not charge an application fee for admission of active duty personnel or family members. We award the "Dyess Scholarship" to active duty students which pays remaining costs after Tuition Assistance (TA) has been applied. Students pay only for textbooks. A "Dependent Scholarship" is available for family members. Our BLUE STREAK program allows students to work solely on CCAF in an easy and quick manner. Classes are available on base, campus or online. For current information visit or call Dr. Rosemary Wallace at (325)696-5540.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Since 1925, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has been the world's oldest and largest aviation/ aerospace institution. Today, we offer much more than aviation. ERAU is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. ERAU offers military transfer credit, transfer credit from other accredited institutions, and CLEP and DSST opportunities. ERAU accepts up to 90 semester hours of applicable transfer credit toward BS degrees. AF Service Schools may transfer to MS. ERAU representatives are available to advise you right here at the Dyess AFB Ed. Center, Suite 318. Hours are: Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We offer degree program options at the Associate, Bachelor, and Master level with in residence courses at Dyess or on-line from anywhere in the world. Certificate programs are also available. Contact us at (325) 692-2007/696-1785, or e-mail at: [email protected] ERAU is an AU-ABC school.

Coastline Community College

Service Members and Military Spouses: Coastline Community College is "Your Partner in Education". Throughout our participation in the General Education Mobile ,GEM, and the Military Spouses program, we can guarantee timely, affordable, flexible, and student-oriented courses within, and beyond the traditional classroom. Do not miss the great incentives we offer you and your deserving spouse!

$50 textbook incentive for GEM students/Free books for Military Spouses Self-paced, total portability 8 week on-line, five sessions per year formatted courses $50 "1 Carat" Scholarship "Learning Communities" courses' Accepting up to 40 S/H in transfer and requiring only 12 S/H residency For more information call (325) 696-5543 or e-mail: [email protected]

Cisco College

CC is your local college, and the first choice for those who need transferable skills and education. CC has a proud history of working with Dyess AFB and will go the extra mile to accommodate military personnel and families. CC is accredited and offers both transfer degree programs as well as some of the hottest career and technical education programs available, including pharmacy tech and nursing! CC offers more than 50 on-line classes with faculty available for in-person assistance as well as 12-day mini-mesters to accommodate busy, uncertain schedules. Linda Grant is available on Tuesdays from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Room 129, of the education building, on base phone 696-1250. Email [email protected] for an appointment or additional information.

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Important Dates to Remember

Oct 1 - 23: ERAU Registering for Winter Term in residence Oct 31: ERAU Graduation Ceremony Nov 1 - 15: CCC Applications for Fall Graduation due Nov 2 - Dec 4: Early registration for McM Spring Semester Nov 7 - Jan 15, 2010: ERAU On-line Graduate term ­ Registration in progress through Oct 22 Nov 11: CCC/NTC/ERAU Closed for Veteran's Day Nov 15 - Feb13, 2010: ERAU On-line Undergraduate term ­ Registration in progress through Nov 1 Nov 19: Dyess AFB Education Fair at Heritage Club Nov 20 - 27: CCC/NTC Closed for Thanksgiving holidays Nov 26 - 27: ERAU Closed for Thanksgiving Nov 25 - 27: McM Closed for Thanksgiving Dec 7 - 11: McM Final Exams Dec 12: McM Commencement Dec 21 - Jan 3, 2010: CCC/NTC/McM Closed for Christmas break Dec 25 - Jan 3, 2010: ERAU Closed for Christmas Holidays

Edu cation & Training S ervi ces

7 FSS/FSDE 425 Third Street Bld. 7232 Dyess AFB, Abilene, TX 79607-1525

Phone: 325-696-5544 Fax: 325-696-5542 E-mail: [email protected]

The Spotlight is on...

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide Dyess Campus Graduation Ceremony 2009

ERAU-W would like to invite all Supervisors, Commanders, Family, and Friends to the Dyess Campus graduation ceremony to honor our 2009 Graduation Candidates. The ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the historic Paramount Theatre at 352 Cypress Street, in downtown Abilene, Texas. Dr. Bruce Rothwell, Dean of Academic Affairs for the ERAU-W Central Region, will give the commencement address. Dr. Rothwell is a retired Air Force Lt Col. If you would like to attend, please R.S.V.P. to the ERAU office by calling (325) 692-2007, X1785, or email at: [email protected]

Dyess Force Development Flight, Education & Training section 7 FSS/FSDE Directory Education Technician Ms. Katherine Stevenson Room 317, On base 696-5544 Education Guidance Counselor Mr. Michael Keith Room 322 McMurry University Dr. Rosemary Wallace Room 320, Extension 696-5540 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Ms. Alana Sims, Ms. Sherri Wood, Mr. Steve Kniffen, Mr. Kenneth Herfurth Room 318 & 321, 692-2007 Cisco College Ms. Linda Grant Room 129 696-1250, [email protected] National Test Center & Coastline College Ms. Kalina Hill Room 325, Extension 696-5543 CCAF Counselor Ms. Siddeeqah Johnson Room 317& 319, Extension 696-5004 FSD Flight Chief Dr. Rebecca Davis Carson Room 329, On base 696-5539 FSDE Education and Training Section Chief Base Training Manager Mr. Douglas Erikson Room 327, Extension 696-5541 Testing Administrator Mr. Steven Boyd Room 315,Extension 696-2145 DL & Computer Manager Ms. Scarlett Nixon Room 308 B , Extension 696-7963


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