MSC Offers New & Improved Business Certificate
Program At Robins Resident Center
By Sheron Smith
Senior Airman Christopher Oliver joined the Air Force a few years
ago looking for a little adventure.
"I wanted to get out of my hometown for a while, travel and
do something new," said Oliver, 25, a Jesup, Ga., native currently
stationed at Robins Air Force Base.
A ground radar systems journeyman at Robins, Oliver has also discovered
the valuable educational opportunities that come with his military
service. He recently decided to pursue his applied science degree
through the Community College of the Air Force, a sort of educational
clearinghouse through which military personnel can combine academic
work earned at traditional colleges with the technical training they
receive during their service.
to Know More?
For more information
about the Business Certificate program, contact Pella Murphy
at the Robins Resident Center at 327-7307 or by email at email@example.com
Macon State College
Business Certificate Curriculum - Robins Resident Center
MGMT 3141 Organizational Management
MGMT 3155 or 4105 Organizational Behavior or Human Resources
BUSA 2201 Business Computer Applications
ECON 2105 or 2106 or POLS 1101
MATH 1101 or MATH 1111
COMM 1110 Public Speaking
Humanities Elective: 3 hours
Other Electives: 6 hours
Total Credit Hours: 30
When Oliver learned he could meet the academic requirements by
pursuing a college-credit business certificate program that Macon
State College offers through the Robins Resident Center, he quickly
"It will help me out with my management skills if I get promoted
to staff sergeant," he said, "but I'm really doing this
for me. I've always wanted to go to college but I just haven't had
time until now."
MSC's 30-credit-hour business certificate represents a newly modified
version of an existing program. The retooled version meets all requirements
of the Community College of the Air Force, which means that military
personnel like Oliver can pursue their CCAF degrees and the certificate
at the same time. The Air Force strongly encourages military personnel
to obtain their CCAF degrees for career advancement; to have the
business certificate in addition looks that much better on a service
And there are other advantages. Students enrolled in the certificate
program are eligible to apply for Georgia HOPE Grants, which pay
all tuition and provide book allowances. Spouses and children of
military personnel are also eligible to apply for HOPE Grants if
they want to pursue the business certificate program. Unlike Georgia's
HOPE Scholarships, the HOPE Grant program is available to students
of all ages and does not require a minimum grade point average.
Military personnel and their dependants generally are eligible for
HOPE Grants, even if they are legal residents of other states.
Plus, the certificate program's academic credit can be applied
toward associate's and bachelor's degrees, giving enlisted personnel
and their families a chance to pursue their college educations wherever
the Air Force happens to station them.
"It's a very family-friendly program" said Paul Smith,
who until recently was an education specialist at the Base Education
Office. "I've had guys say, 'I'm going to go home and tell
my wife about this.' "
Smith is the one who approached Macon State about retooling the
certificate program so that it meets all CCAF requirements. He noted
that the program is just as beneficial to the veterans nearing retirement
as it is for young airmen just beginning their military careers.
"If you have somebody nearing retirement who has worked with
computers all during his service, he could add the academic background
to his technical training," Smith said. "That would really
help him as he transitions back into the civilian workforce."
To meet the CCAF requirements, the Macon State business certificate
program replaced two accounting classes with management courses
and required math, speech and humanities in the place of non-specified
electives. The majority of courses are available at the RRC; others
can be picked up at the Warner Robins Center or the Macon campus.
The new program is proving to be attractive to Robins military
"We are seeing a large response to this initiative,"
said Pella Murphy, RRC and WRC director. "Almost all the enlisted
personnel that have been in the office in the last month have applied
under this program."
Oliver hopes to eventually build on the certificate program to
pursue a bachelor's degree, either in business or English. Between
work and classes two nights a week he's staying busy this summer,
but Oliver has no regrets.
"So far," he said, "I'm really enjoying it."