Community College of the Air Force
About Community College of the Air Force
The Community College of the Air Force is located on the Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery, the capital city in the state of Alabama. The city is home to the year-round Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the seventh largest Shakespeare festival in the world. Other annual events in the city include the Jubilee City Fest, the Alabama Highland Games, the Flimp Festival, and the Southeastern Livestock Rodeo. Montgomery is also home to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, a showcase for the visual arts in Central Alabama, as well as the Montgomery Symphony and the Montgomery Ballet.
Community College of the Air Force is one of several federally chartered degree-granting institutions, but it is the only two-year institution that serves enlisted personnel exclusively. CCAF is accredited through Air University by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree. The original concept for CCAF began in the early 1970s as a means of gaining accreditation and recognition for Air Force training. A series of conferences was held in 1971 to discuss the need for increased development of non-commissioned officers as managers of Air Force resources, and participants recommended the founding of an Air Force community college. In November of 1971, the Air Force Chief of Staff approved the establishment of the Community College of the Air Force. The Secretary of the Air Force approved the activation plan 25 January 1972, and the college was established in April 1972 at Randolph AFB, Texas. The college mailed its first official transcript in November 1972 and issued its first credential in August of 1973. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Occupational Education Institutions accredited the college in December of 1973. In 1975 CCAF began the long process of certification to award degrees. The college awarded its first associate in applied science degree in April 1977. The Commission on Colleges accredited the college in December 1980.
CCAF offers a two-year AAS degree program in audiovisual production services. Technical core courses include electronic imaging, graphic arts, imagery production processes, library administration and science, media production, photography, visual information production and documentation, and a CCAF internship. Technical electives include advertising art and design, audio/visual communications, color science and theory, commercial art, computer-aided imagery, desktop publishing, drawing, illustration, layout and design, photographic lighting techniques, and two and three-dimensional design. Students must also participate in professional military education and civilian management courses, physical education courses, and general education courses including oral and written communications, mathematics, social sciences, humanities, and fine arts.
The first step in becoming a CCAF student is to join the United States Air Force. Each enlistee is automatically enrolled in CCAF at no cost. In addition to this free and fully accredited training, students at CCAF are encouraged to participate in off-duty activities recognized by the college as an essential part of the everyday life of the enlisted force. CCAF provides a variety of activities in which a student may participate, including religious activities, clubs, and sports such as bowling and swimming. CCAF also provides student support by offering a family support center, a fitness center, hobby shops, a library, a life skills center, a recreation center, and a theater with daily showings of current films.