Trenholm State becomes first HBCU 2-Year Community College to Partner with the Community College of the Air Forces’ GEM Program


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Montgomery, AL- Trenholm State Community is excited to announce its new partnership with the Community College of the Air Force’s General Education Mobile (GEM) program! Air Force and Space Force military service members pursuing their degree through the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) now have the option to select Trenholm State as their distance learning institution of choice. Air Force and Space Force military service members pursuing their degree through the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) can now enroll at Trenholm State and take up to 15 credit hours of general education courses through distance learning.

“We are excited to partner with the Air Force’s GEM Program to expand online offerings to air and space force military members,” said Interim Trenholm State President Dr. Kemba Chambers. “Trenholm State general education courses will assist in aiding our military service members to complete their Associate in Applied Science degree, as well as provide additional opportunities to obtain other professional credentials.”

Through the College’s distance learning platform, active-duty students can select approved general education courses in Humanities, Communications, Social Sciences, or Mathematics. Air Force and Space Force military members can take classes anywhere globally, reducing educational disruptions often experienced due to deployments, change of station moves, and family commitments. Another great benefit is that students can use their Air Force Tuition Assistance (TA) benefits or VA Educational benefits to pay for tuition.

Furthermore, Trenholm holds the distinction of being the first 2-year Historically Black College and University (HBCU) and only the second HBCU in the nation selected to participate in the GEM program! “By expanding our course offerings through the GEM program to military service members, the College is amplifying its reach on a global stage.  Additionally, with both TSCC and CCAF located in the capital city, this collaboration helps strengthen military and civilian educational ties in the River Region,” said Dr. Nakia Robinson, TSCC dean of instruction.

Currently, the GEM program consists of 132 partner schools. It is designed to provide educational opportunities for any active service member of the United States Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, or Space Force member pursuing an associate degree from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF). 

Courses are offered online each semester and through mini terms.  For more information, contact Felicia Wimberly at 334-420-4255 or by email at [email protected].

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