Message from the CCME President:

We had a successful completion to our 2019 Professional Development Symposium in Austin, TX. The four-day symposium from January 21st to the 24th included speakers, concurrent sessions on best practices, military/veteran support service panels, and effectual networking.

The event commenced with a few pre-conference workshops, including our Newcomers Orientation, so first-time attendees could discover the meaning of CCME and connect with others. The informative and resourceful ACME 101 and 201 sessions allowed new and seasoned Advisory Council on Military Education (ACME) groups to define best practices and to create new State ACME groups across the Nation.

We are always excited each year to hear from Mr. Charles (Fred) Drummond (Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Education and Training), Ms. Dawn Bilodeau (Chief of Defense (DOD) Voluntary Education), Mr. Anthony Clarke (DOD Education Program Analyst), and Ms. Margarita Devlin (Executive Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits Assistance Service (BAS)). VBA also supplied an informative Veterans Affairs Update. Department of Labor, Mr. Jose Velazquez moderated a panel of experts in Apprenticeship programs that support our military community. All were sessions were valuable and appreciated.

We were also graced by Brigadier General Gregory Chaney (Assistant Adjutant General, Austin, Texas), Honorably Patrick J. Murphy (32nd Under Secretary of the Army and Chief Management Officer (CMO), Ms. Hildegard Buan (Chief Air Force Voluntary Education), Ms. Pamela Raymer (Chief, Army Continuing Education systems), and Mr. Daryl Patrick (Chief, Marine Corps Voluntary Education Service) during a panel discussion of the most critical topics in the education arena. Mr. Louis Soares, Chief Learning & Innovation Officer of the American Council on Education (ACE), expounded upon a data-driven presentation on Competence Ecosystem: Optimizing Human Capital for Force and Life Success.

As we look forward to CCME 2020 in Philadelphia, PA, March 9 - 12, 2020 we are reminded that having various pathways in military education will assist our military and veteran students and their families to be well-equipped for success.

We look forward to receiving your confirmation to attend the CCME Professional Symposium. So, stay tuned via www.CCMEOnline.org for key registration and hotel information which will be posted in the near future.

Janice Neal
CCME President 2019-2020
Director, Webster University
Los Angeles AFB Campus
Regional Director/Western Military Campuses
Phone: 310-607-8005
Fax: 310-607-8008
Email: jneal@webster.edu
Website: www.webster.edu/los-angeles-afb

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