Vance Airman Receives CCAF Diploma at 50th Anniversary Graduation Ceremony | Local News

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A Team Vance air traffic controller received his associate’s degree at a graduation ceremony held April 14, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Air Force Community College at Maxwell Air ForceBase, Ala.

Senior Airman Xavier Collins, a controller assigned to the 71st Operations Support Squadron, was the sole Air Education and Training Command representative at the week-long event.

“I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything,” Collins said. “Apart from high-ranking officials, spending time with other Airmen who don’t have the same job as me was really special. It was nice to make those connections.

From April 11-15, Airmen representing each major command joined Air Force leadership in recognizing the importance of the CCAF-FCVI program, which awards Airmen with an associate degree in their respective career field.

Throughout the week, Airmen toured the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute, First Sergeant Academy, Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, Chief Leadership Academy, and CCAF-FCVI Headquarters . Other events included the opening of the CCAF-FCVI 50-year time capsule, and the anniversary graduation ceremony with special guest, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Joanne Bass.

“With over 272,000 students enrolled, we will continue to be the ‘College of Choice’ for our enlisted members, setting the stage for their success for many years to come,” said Lt. Col. Kevin Pond, Commanding Officer CCAF and Commander in an April press release from the Air University.

“We will continue to offer all enlisted members who join our Air and Space Force the opportunity to receive Associate of Applied Science degrees, as well as pathways to obtain bachelor’s degrees, industry certifications and designations. skills in the workplace – benefiting our members for a lifetime,” said Pond.

“Aviators can transfer 60 credit hours into the CCAD program and earn an applied science degree,” said Connie Tucker-Liles of Vance’s office of education. “It consists of technical study credits, leadership credits, and your general education courses such as social studies, math, and English. You would have basically completed half of your bachelor’s degree.

Collins said he joined the Air Force with little college experience, but after three and a half years of hard work, he is on his way to earning his undergraduate degree.

“CCAF is actually my first official degree,” Collins said. “I want to get my bachelor’s degree in operations management and hopefully use that as a stepping stone to pursuing a certification in project management.”

Collins is keeping his options for an Air Force career open after his time at Maxwell, but said whether he stays or goes, his CCAF degree is notice to future supervisors and employers that he has the skills to do. his work. At a high level.

“It all really put my career in the Air Force into perspective,” Collins said. “It was nice to build the bonds I made with the Airmen I met, so I don’t know where my future is. But I know it has to be good.

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