General Education Mobile (GEM)

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  • Community College of the Air Force, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL

What is the General Education Mobile (GEM)?

  • GEM is an exciting partnership between the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) and civilian academic institutions
  • GEM offers General Education courses to meet CCAF associate in applied science (AAS) degree requirements
  • Courses are offered in a distance learning format:  anytime, anywhere
  • GEM reduces the CCAF educational impact of deployments, PCS, and family commitments

Why GEM?

The average gradation time for CCAF students is eight years because General Education courses are usually the last taken. The goal is to reduce the average CCAF graduation time to less than four years.  GEM does the following:

  • Eases student course selection and registration via single-point access on the Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC)
  • Facilitates student planning across entire General Education curriculum—motivates student to complete courses on a self-paced timeline
  • Features partnerships with civilian academic institutions to offer education focused on freshman/sophomore level instruction

How Does GEM Work?

  • GEM is delivered via AFVEC
  • GEM students can conveniently search for schools that meet their needs and preferences
  • Students contact the GEM school directly to enroll in General Education courses 

Ideal Students for GEM

  • Self-motivated
  • Self-disciplined
  • Independent learner
  • Communicates well in writing
  • Proactive and interactive with questions


Is “On-line Learning” a Good Choice for Me?

  • I tend to work without supervision
  • I am self-motivated
  • I am able to prioritize commitments
  • I read and comprehend well
  • I express myself well in writing
  • I have access to the Internet
  • I am comfortable with various software
  • I am comfortable using the Internet

If you answered "Yes", Then Consider GEM Now!

Visit the Air Force Virtual Education CenterVisit the Air Force Virtual Education Center

Associate in Applied Science Degree

The CCAF associate in applied science degree is offered in the following broad career areas:

  • Operations
  • Logistics
  • Medical
  • Support

Degree Completion Requirements

Degree programs consist of a minimum of 60 semester hours with requirements as follows: 

  • Technical Education  (24 Semester Hours)
  • Leadership, Management & Military Studies (6 Semester Hours)
  • General Education (15 Semester Hours)
    • Written Communication (3 Semester Hours)
    • Oral Communication (3 Semester Hours)
    • Mathematics (3 Semester Hours)
    • Social Science (3 Semester Hours)
    • Humanities (3 Semester Hours)
  • Program Elective (15 Semester Hours)

‚ÄčTotal 60 Semester Hours


Student Testimonials

“Thanks to the GEM program, I was able to complete my degree while deployed without losing any credit. The online plan made it easy to register and track my progress. Thanks CCAF!” SrA S.

“It is a great program and it allowed me to finally complete the math course that held me up for so many years. Thanks to the GEM program, this October I will be receiving two CCAF degrees and I am so excited...." SSgt P.

1. Select your GEM institution on the Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC).
2. Register online or call your local Education and Training Section to discuss the best GEM course options for you. Please indicate that you are a GEM student when you call.


Visit the Air Force Virtual Education Center
AFVEC) to receive contact information for your
local Education and Training Section (E&TS).
These advisors are your liaisons to the CCAF administrative center and will help you map out your GEM plan. 


CCAF Public Site:
Accreditation Information:
AFVEC: (click "cancel" when asked to select certificate)

General Education Mobile (GEM) Schools


Alamo Community College District
American Intercontinental University
American Military University
Angelo State University
Anne Arundel Community College
Ashford University
Auburn University Montgomery
Belhaven University
Bismarck State College
Black Hills State University
Boise State University
Bowling Green State University
Brandman University
Broward College
Bryan College - Dayton
Butler Community College
Cambridge College
Centenary University
Central Texas College
Cerro Coso Community College
Charter Oak State College
Clark State Community College
Clayton State University
Clovis Community College
Coastline Community College
Colorado Christian University
Colorado State University - Global Campus
Colorado Technical University
Columbia College - Columbia
Community College of Aurora Centretech 
Dakota College At Bottineau
Dakota State University
Delaware County Community College
Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit
Eastern Florida State College
ECPI University
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Excelsior College
Fayetteville Technical Community College
Fisher College - Boston
Florida State College At Jacksonville
Fort Hays State University
Georgia Military College
Georgia Southern University
Georgia State University
Great Falls College, Montana State Univ
Granite State College
Gulf Coast State College
Harrisburg Area Community College
Indiana Wesleyan University
Jacksonville State University
Johnson & Wales University
Keiser University
Klamath Community College
Lamar University
Lewis University
Lone Star College
Lorain County Community College
Louisiana State University-Alexandria
Louisiana Tech University
Maysville Community & Technical College
Mercer County Community College
Miami Dade College
Minot State University
Missouri Western State University
Moraine Park Technical College
National American University
National University - La Jolla
New England College
New Mexico State University
Niagara County Community College
Niagara University
Nicholls State University
Northcentral Technical College
Northern Arizona University
Northern State University
Northwest Florida State College
Northwest University
Northwestern State University
Northwood University
Park University
Pierce College
Pikes Peak Community College
Pima County Community College
Post University
Purdue University Global
Quincy College
Regent University
Regis University
Rio Salado College
Robert Morris University
Rowan College at Burlington County Seminole State College of Florida
Shawnee State University
Sinclair Community College
South Texas College
Southeast Missouri State University
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Southern New Hampshire University
Southwestern College
Southwestern Illinois College
Spring Hill College Stark State College State Fair Community College
Stillman College
Strayer University
SUNY Empire State College
Thomas Edison State University
Thomas Nelson Community College
Thomas University
Tiffin University
Touro University Worldwide
Trenholm State Community College
Trident University International
Troy University
Union Institute & University
University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
University of Charleston
University of Maryland Global Campus
University of Nebraska Omaha
University of North Dakota
University of Phoenix
University of Southern Mississippi
University of Toledo
University of West Florida
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Upper Iowa University
Valdosta State University
Waldorf College West Coast University
Western Illinois University
Western Michigan University
Western Technical College
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College