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CCAF advisors to conduct counseling session

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --  Col. Steven Winters, 30th Space Wing vice commander, congratulates Airmen after they recieve their Community College of the Air Force diploma. For those Airmen interested in achieving their CCAF degree, the base education center here is scheduled to host a CCAF counseling session in the student lounge Oct. 2, beginning at 1 p.m.  (U.S. Air Force photo / Airman 1st Class Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Col. Steven Winters, 30th Space Wing vice commander, congratulates Airmen after they recieve their Community College of the Air Force diploma Aug. 31, 2008. For those Airmen interested in achieving their CCAF degree, the base education center here is scheduled to host a CCAF counseling session in the student lounge Oct. 2, beginning at 1 p.m. (U.S. Air Force photo / Airman 1st Class Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Education, Development & Employment is one of the Year of the Air Force Family's four Pillars of Excellence. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Steve Heuring)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Education, Development & Employment is one of the Year of the Air Force Family's four Pillars of Excellence. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Steve Heuring)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The education center here is scheduled to host a Community College of the Air Force counseling session at the student lounge at 1 p.m. Oct. 29.

The purpose of the counseling session is to educate students and prospective students about the CCAF and how to obtain a degree.

The counseling session is open to everyone. It will be broken down into two stages: group and individual sessions.

The day will begin with the group counseling. The intent of the group session is to educate students on basic degree requirements. Topics covered in the group meeting will include new CCAF initiatives, which are meant to simplify the student's path to a degree; understanding the benefits of the College-Level Examination Program and Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support tests; and understanding how the CCAF advisor can assist students in achieving their goals.

The second counseling stage follows the group discussion. At this point, individual counseling begins. On a more personal level, this session focuses on reviewing an individual's CCAF transcript. If need be, the CCAF advisors will individually correct errors in education records and request application of CCAF-eligible credit. The advisors will also track the attendee's progress toward his degree.

For Airmen, obtaining a CCAF degree may be more achievable than expected.

"The training Airmen receive when they first join the Air Force (Basic Military Training, technical training and on-the-job training) account for the majority of the credits earned toward the CCAF degree," said Dorian Hodge, Vandenberg's CCAF advisor. "Especially with the resources available through the Air Force, there is no reason for somebody not to get their CCAF degree."

Obtaining a degree can be beneficial regardless of what the future holds.

"It develops and broadens the whole person and improves a person's performance on-the-job," Ms. Hodge said.

Vandenberg's leadership also recognizes the importance of the CCAF degree.

"The base's commanders and supervisors do an excellent job with emphasizing education," Ms. Hodge said. "I truly appreciate the support of Vandenberg in this endeavor."

For more information about Vandenberg's CCAF counseling session, call the education center's front desk at 605-5904. For individuals who wish to have their personal CCAF transcripts reviewed at the session, they must call the front desk and provide their name, rank and last four digits of their social security number.