Message from the CCME President:

First and foremost, the CCME Board wants to thank all our members, attendees and collaborative partners for their support in Philadelphia and we hope that everyone gained valuable knowledge and key learnings that they were able to take back to their perspective organizations.

We had a successful 2020 Professional Development Symposium in Philadelphia, PA. The four-day symposium ran from March 9, 2020, to March 12, 2020, and included keynote speakers, concurrent sessions, military/veteran panels, and effectual networking. While we faced external challenges this symposium the collaborative and impact dialogue was invaluable and CCME is proud to be the platform to facilitate meaningful dialogue that leads to relevant strategies, innovation, and collaboration to enhance student success.

This year's event commenced with numerous 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 also had sessions on the history of CCME from Mr. Jeff Cropsey and we were honored to have two sessions from Student Veterans of American on leveraging LinkedIn and Advisor Training. We closed the afternoon with Teach Now Veteran Initiative and Skill Bridge session.

CCME Members and attendees are always excited each year to hear from Mr. Charles (Fred) Drummond (Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Education and Training) as well as hearing from the service chief panel - Ms. Hildegard Buan (Chief Air Force Voluntary Education), Ms. Pamela Raymer (Associate Director, Army Continuing Education systems), James Johnson (Voluntary Education Service Chief, US Navy) and Mrs. Deborah Marconda (Education Section Head and the Leadership Scholar Program Manager (US Marine Corps). This year had three dynamic keynote speakers, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright, Vice President NCO and Soldier Programs Association of the US Army Daniel Dailey and motivational speaker JR Martinez.

This year we were also honored to have general sessions on the Department of Labor Apprenticeship Program and the DoD Credentialing Programs and we were able to get a sneak peek at the new MilGears Program. We also closed the symposium with an informative discussion with 4 University Presidents - University of Maryland - Global Campus, Thomas Edison, Trident University and Webster University.

I want to take a moment to thank our immediate past President Janice Neal for her leadership, perseverance and direction during a challenging time this year. Her composure and professionalism speak volumes to her character and CCME is grateful that she led us through the 2020 Symposium. This year's symposium would not have been possible without all the hard work of each and every board member and I thank you for your dedication and support.

As we look forward to CCME 2021 in San Francisco, CA, February 1-4, 2021 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.

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