UMUC Joins Community College of the Air Force General Education Mobile (GEM) Program

New program promises greater continuity, faster educational progress for U.S. Air Force personnel pursuing an associate's degree


By Kerry O’Neill (koneill@mghus.com) |   July 17, 2009

For Immediate Release: July 17, 2009

Media Contact:Kerry O'Neill410-902-5035koneill@mghus.com

New program promises greater continuity, faster educational progress for U.S. Air Force personnel pursuing an associate's degree

ADELPHI, Md. (July 17, 2009) — University of Maryland University College (UMUC) announced today that it is one of a select few universities nationwide invited to participate in the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) General Education Mobile (GEM) program. The program will enable U.S. Air Force personnel who are pursuing an associate’s degree to sign up for general education requirements in a single block of courses from one institution, thus ensuring greater continuity and faster degree completion.

CCAF does not offer general education courses, so—thanks to the GEM program—students can take five 3-credit general education courses at UMUC, completing almost one-fourth of the 64 credits required to earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree from CCAF. Students will be able to choose from a total of 19 UMUC courses, selecting one course from each of five required areas of study—oral communication, written communication, mathematics, social sciences and humanities.

Students who choose to complete their general education requirements at UMUC will have the added benefit of being able to study either online or on-site, as well as enjoying full access to UMUC's extensive online education and student resources. Qualifying students may also receive select scholarships, available exclusively to servicemembers.

"UMUC has a long history of service to all branches of the U.S. armed forces, and we are pleased and proud to continue that tradition as a participant in the Community College of the Air Force's GEM program," said John F. Jones, UMUC's vice president for Department of Defense relations. "We look forward to helping further the education goals of the fine men and women serving our nation in the U.S. Air Force."

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