Columbus Air Force Base extension
81 Ward Street
Columbus Air Force Base
Columbus, Miss. 39710
- Accessibility: East Mississippi Community College opened an extension campus at Columbus Air Force Base in 1972, just four years after we cut the ribbon at the Golden Triangle campus in Mayhew. EMCC offers daytime, evening and online classes. The director of the CAFB extension is Jackie Newton.
- Accreditation: EMCC is fully accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools. This means your academic classes will transfer to any senior college of your choice with whom EMCC maintains an articulation agreement. EMCC is articulated with all senior colleges in the state of Mississippi. In 2008, the CAFB extension also entered into an articulation agreement with Saint Leo University.
- Continuity: Military students can complete their associate’s degrees with EMCC, or transfer credits to the Community College of the Air Force and pick up where they left off at their next duty station.
- Enrollment: In spring 2012, enrollment at the Columbus Air Force Base extension was just under 300. Students taking EMCC classes at the CAFB extension come from both the base and the surrounding community. Generally, about a third of our students are active-duty military or military dependants. The other two-thirds are civilians from the Lowndes County area. CAFB’s highest enrollment period is the summer, as students who recently graduated from high school get a head start on their college education.
- Golf Turf Management: At the January 2012 meeting of the EMCC Board of Trustees, the program application for Golf/Recreational Turf Management was approved to send to the Mississippi Community College Board. This new career-technical program is an extension of the partnership between EMCC and Columbus Air Force Base. Whispering Pines Golf Course at CAFB will serve as the laboratory for the program and provide the students with “live work” opportunities as they learn about turf grasses, golf course and athletic field design, irrigation, pest and weed control, business management and other related skills. If approved at the state level, this program is slated to begin in August 2012.
- Autonomy: The CAFB extension is a one-stop shop for its students, offering all the same administrative services as EMCC’s Golden Triangle and Scooba campuses – admissions, registration, business office, bookstore. The bookstore also stocks items such as pens, binders, pencils and notebooks emblazoned with the EMCC logo. A couple of years ago, staff members designed their own T-shirt featuring both EMCC and CAFB logos.
- Outreach: The CAFB extension offers a “listening” program for the spouses of student pilots from other countries. The program allows the spouses to sit in on classes at EMCC, brushing up on their spoken English skills and meeting new people.
- Improvement: The CAFB extension staff is looking forward to moving to a more spacious facility, a building on base that will be renovated to serve as a new Education Center.
- Goals: EMCC staff members at the Columbus Air Force Base extension list among their goals for the future: recruit and retain more students, involve CAFB students in campus-wide activities, offer more classes and keep the education of their students first and foremost in their minds.