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Using CLEPs to standout

Diploma certificates sit on a table during the Community College of the Air Force graduation ceremony at the base theater on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 8, 2015. The ceremony also included the Pitsenbarger awards and Powell Warrior award. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Jackson)

Diploma certificates sit on a table during the Community College of the Air Force graduation ceremony at the base theater on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Jackson)

I’ve heard time and time again that getting a Community College of the Air Force degree as an Airman makes you look ambitious, but it took me awhile to realize how easy it is to obtain.

I started off like quite a few Airmen that I know, I was one of the people who would drag their feet when it came to earning college credits after I finishing their Career Development Courses.

I wanted time to myself and to get away from studying, but eventually my superiors wore me down and I took my first College Level Examination Program.

The CLEP was paid for by the Air Force, enrollment was easy and I was able to take it right after work. I was even able to check out the pass and fail rate for each test, and borrow study materials from the base library.

Once I got comfortable with the process, I was able to take a couple tests a week without having to attend college part time.

Unfortunately, I didn’t pass my algebra test, but after taking some time to study I was able to take the College Math CLEP to obtain my math credits.

I plan to get my last few required credits in the months to come so I can see what I can transfer towards my associate’s degree.

Working towards my CCAF degree makes me feel like I’m becoming a better Airman because I have initiative over other Airmen. I know having a CCAF degree will make me appear as a more qualified service member and civilian when I start looking for future employment opportunities.

For more information on CCAFs or CLEPs, contact the base Education Center at 325-654-3314.