CCME, a not-for-profit organization, was founded almost 50 years ago to promote, encourage, and deliver quality education to service members and their families in all branches of the armed services. Its membership is principally composed of military educators, civilian educators, post-secondary educational institutions, and suppliers of quality education products and services. The CCME symposium is the largest annual forum in the country with an expected attendance of about 1000 participants. The annual symposium facilitates the networking and interaction of the key leadership across these organizations in an environment that is focused on enhancing and optimizing voluntary education opportunities for the service member and their families.
EDUCATION. COMMUNICATION. LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY.
MESSAGE FROM THE CCME PRESIDENT
First and foremost, the CCME Board wants to thank all of our members, attendees, and collaborative partners for their continued support over the last two years. While the world changed around us, we have made great strides in supporting the military community through a global pandemic. All of us have been impacted by the pandemic in some way, with many of us that have lost loved ones and seen our colleagues impacted by the changing landscape of our world.
We had a successful virtual symposium in June 2021, but we are ready to come back together in 2022. CCME is proud to be the platform to facilitate meaningful dialogue that leads to relevant strategies, innovation, and collaboration to enhance student success. Our hope is that in San Antonio, everyone will gain valuable knowledge and take away key learnings that they will be able to take back to their respective organizations.
This year’s event will commence with numerous pre-conference workshops, including our Newcomers Orientation, so first-time attendees can discover the meaning of CCME and connect with others. The informative and resourceful ACME session allows 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 have a session from the Institutions' Perspective on DoD Compliance and share best practices. NAIMES will also kick off a pre-conference session. Also, join Mr. Vernon Taylor for a presentation on Working Together to Bridge the Gaps.
CCME Members and attendees are always excited each year to hear from DOD. This year we will hear from Caroline Baxter, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Education and Training, and Mr. James Rodriquez, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy U.S. Department of Labor’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy for Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS). Don’t forget to join us for 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), Stephen Keck (US Coast Guard) and Mr. Bart Macmillan (US Marine Corps VolEd Chief). This year we will have three dynamic keynote speakers, Ramón "CZ" Colón-López, Senior Enlisted Advisory to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and two dynamic Motivational Speakers – soon to be announced.
Don’t forget to join us at the Networking Reception on Wednesday, February 9th for “BOOTS on the River”- bring your best cowboy boots because we are competing.
As we look forward to CCME 2022 in San Antonio Texas, February 7-10, 2022 we will take additional precautions to ensure all of our attendees have a safe and productive symposium.