by Kelly Wilmeth
Concurrent Sessions Committee Chair
Vice President and Director of University of Maryland University College - Europe
The Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) held its annual conference in San Antonio, Texas from 15 - 18 February 2016. The CCME symposium is a professional development opportunity for military educators to learn about educational and career services for military members and veterans provided by colleges, universities, non-profit organizations, federal agencies, etc. A full day of the symposium was devoted to small group forums called Concurrent Sessions, designed to facilitate the exchange of information on educational programs, strategies and innovation that assist service members and veterans to achieve academic and career success.
62 presentations were conducted at this year's concurrent sessions, all drawing a large number of attendees who were interested in the many variety of topics that focused on current and best practices in the voluntary military education arena. This year's CCME conference theme was "Opening Doors and Advancing Lives", and in support of that theme, the Concurrent Sessions provided seven professional development tracks to allow attendees to work towards a certificate. Tracks included:
Approximately 200 attendees participated in one of these tracks, with the Best Practices and Innovations in Voluntary Education being the most popular. Due to the fact that San Antonio is the heart of military medical services and training schools, the many presentations that fit into the health care transition opportunities also resonated very strongly with conference participants.
Next year's CCME conference will be held in Atlanta, GA from 6 - 9 March. The conference theme is "Collaboration: Strengthen Ourselves for Those We Serve." The CCME Executive Board will determine the Concurrent Sessions' professional development tracks in the coming months, with the call for proposals being released in May on the CCME website. As in previous years, all proposals will be evaluated on the description and quality of content, adherence to the conference theme and category, universal broadness of scope, purpose and content, and the intent of the proposal to engage the audience.
We encourage all interested parties to submit 2017 CCME Professional Symposium Call for Proposals. For additional information regarding Concurrent Sessions, please contact committee chair, Kelly Wilmeth at Kelly.firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to another year of engaging dialogue and active participation at the CCME 2017 Annual Symposium in Atlanta.
Note from Franc Lopez, CCME President: CCME thanks Kelly Wilmeth, Vice President and Director of University of Maryland University College - Europe, for her review of the recent CCME 2016 Symposium Concurrent Sessions.