Georgia Perimeter College’s student population will soon include many more members of the U.S. Air Force.
GPC has formed a joint venture with the Community College of the Air Force to offer core curriculum online classes to airmen via the General Education Mobile program.
GPC will offer online courses meeting the general education degree completion requirements in the areas of oral communication, written communication, mathematics, social science and humanities. The agreement enables CCAF students to complete the 15-hour General Education course requirement for the associate of applied science degree, says Mark Eister, GPC’s director of military outreach.
“Airmen simply sign up for their general education requirements in a single block of courses from GPC, providing greater educational continuity and faster completion of an associate degree,” explains Eister. “Through GEM, students will take five CCAF courses online with Georgia Perimeter, providing anytime, anywhere availability.”
GPC has a Military Outreach Center staffed by military veterans. The center offers an extensive support network for distance learners, including academic advising, tutoring and technical support and assistance, Eister says.
“Our online instructors have successfully completed comprehensive training designed to teach them how to deliver quality instruction via the Internet while also providing one-on-one support and guidance,” he says.
GPC serves one of the largest military populations of any institution in the University System of Georgia. The college serves more than 700 current military members, veterans, families and dependents, Eister says. Georgia Perimeter has been named to the 2012 and 2013 G.I. Jobs Military Friendly Schools list.
“Our goal with the Military Outreach Center is to be military friendly, to offer the highest quality education at an affordable price to service members, veterans and their dependents,” says Eister. “We want service members to know that they have a home at GPC; we will do our best to make the transition to college as smooth as possible.”