Air Force agreement paves way for expanded educational opportunities

An agreement with the Air Force will allow more students to attend Troy for graduate programs. (Photo/USAF)

An agreement with the Air Force will allow more students to attend Troy for graduate programs. (Photo/USAF)

An educational services agreement signed this spring with the Air Force to send one graduate student to Troy University for a master’s degree has paved the way to allow other personnel to complete their Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) sponsored degree through TROY.

“Troy University is proud of our affiliations with the Air Force and Air University, and this agreement will help us to grow that relationship to an even greater extent, allowing us to serve more of America’s fighting men and women,” said Walter Givhan, TROY’s Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Economic Development, a retired Air Force major general who served as commandant of AFIT from 2009 to 2011.  

As the Air Force’s Graduate School of Engineering and Management, and its institution for technical professional continuing education, AFIT seeks to support students in defense-focused fields and research aimed at maintaining the technological supremacy of America’s air, space, and cyber forces. Located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. AFIT’s Graduate School of Engineering and Management is a nationally recognized, Carnegie-classified doctoral and research institution and is the sole degree-granting entity at AFIT. Through AFIT’s Civilian Institution Programs Directorate, AFIT manages the placement of students into various graduate degree and advanced experiential education programs at universities and institutions nationwide.  AFIT is a component of Air University and the Air Education and Training Command.

The agreement expands TROY’s current Air Force-specific programs that include the General Education Mobility Initiative, the Community College of the Air Force Associate Degree Program, Air University Associate to Bachelor Co-operative, the Air Force ROTC program and the Air Force’s International Affairs Specialist program.

While the initial agreement was established to pay the costs for just one student to complete their master’s degree, other AFIT students can choose to complete their degrees through TROY, a long-recognized leader in providing higher education to the military.