by Kim Dawley
Air Force Materiel Command Public Affairs
1/17/2013 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Building
on the success of its "Year of the Community College of the Air Force"
campaign in 2011 and "Year of Continuing Education" campaign in 2012,
Air Force Materiel Command rolled out a plan for the "Year of the
Graduate" Jan. 1, 2013.
The Year of the Graduate, or YoGrad, will still emphasize continuing
education across the command but will also recognize those who have
completed degrees during this three-phase education campaign.
Efforts from the Year of the CCAF resulted in 1,685 graduates at AFMC
bases, the most in the history of the command. The number of AFMC's
enlisted Airmen with a CCAF degree went from 24 percent to nearly 30
percent in just one year - more than double the command's goal of a 10
percent increase. With the Year of Continuing Education, the command
achieved another 10 percent overall increase, this time at all levels of
education rather than just CCAF degrees.
The goal of YoGrad is to inspire those considering or currently working
on an education plan to start, continue or complete that plan. Along the
way, the campaign will recognize members of the AFMC workforce who have
completed a degree program during the two previous campaigns -- or do
so during YoGrad.
Chief Master Sgt. Michael Warner, AFMC command chief, describes the
YoGrad campaign as an excellent way to conclude the three-year focus on
"The first two campaigns were very successful," he said. "We want to
follow through on that momentum, and we also want to recognize the
outstanding efforts of the AFMC workforce."
According to Senior Master Sgt. John Parris, MAJCOM Secretary of
Education, the same structure developed for the previous two campaigns
will continue to be used.
"Degree completion at all levels will be the focus, with the goal of an
overall 10 percent increase across the command," he said. "Peer
mentoring will be a key aspect of YoGrad, the Secretaries of Education
will continue to guide and monitor the campaign at their respective
installations, and Voluntary Education personnel will work with the
For more information about the Year of the Graduate campaign -- and to
read the monthly "My Educational Journey" series -- visit http://www.afmc.af.mil/library/featuredtopicarchive/YoGrad.asp