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Schriever offers math class

Staff Sgt. Lee Rimell, noncommissioned officer in charge of financial management operations, and Senior Airman Nathan Saelens, financial management technician, both with the 50th Comptroller Squadron, discuss homework assignments in a classroom at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, June 12, 2018. Rimell and Saelens have successfully completed the Math Concepts course offered through Colorado Christian University via Schriever AFB’s Professional Development Center. The next session of the course begins July 24. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

Staff Sgt. Lee Rimell, noncommissioned officer in charge of financial management operations, and Senior Airman Nathan Saelens, financial management technician, both with the 50th Comptroller Squadron, discuss homework assignments in a classroom at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, June 12, 2018. Rimell and Saelens have successfully completed the Math Concepts course offered through Colorado Christian University via Schriever AFB’s Professional Development Center. The next session of the course begins July 24. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

The Professional Development Center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, will host a math concepts  course offered through Colorado Christian University beginning July 24.

The class will be held in the First Term Airman Center classroom on Tuesday nights from 5-9 p.m. The five-week course will run until August 21.

“It is a prerequisite for higher level math classes and is a refresher which covers algebra, trigonometry and geometry,” said Master Sgt. Janelle Amador, career assistance advisor with the 50th Force Support Squadron.  “It is an Air Force-approved math class that meets the requirement for a student's associate's degree through the Community College of the Air Force.”

Math Concepts gives students an awareness of the role mathematics plays in today’s society and how it is used to understand and solve relevant problems.

Additionally, it develops a student’s numerical literacy to confidently interpret and communicate numerical information.

Airman 1st Class Denis Rodriguez, financial management technician with the 50th Comptroller Squadron, attended the course last semester, said his motivation for starting this class was to get a start on his education.

“I think the course was interesting and gave me a perspective on how math at large,” he said.  

Amador says holding classes on the installation minimizes the seclusion of Schriever AFB from the rest of Colorado Springs.

“By having courses here, we can invite our personnel living on Schriever AFB to complete their requirements conveniently without too much travel time,” she said. “For those who do not live on Schriever, if they prefer to come to class straight from work, then that is an option as well.”

Classes like this benefit not only the individual but the Air Force at large.

 “We need to be educated and constantly think and create better ways of doing things in order to not just keep up with the world, but to be ahead of everyone else,” she said. “Without an educated force, it will be difficult to accomplish our mission.”

Currently, the math course is the only one held at Schriever AFB. The Professional Development Center will offer other classes as needed.

If there is a class that Airmen would like to see held at Schriever AFB, request the course through the Peterson Education Center. If there are enough students interested, the education center will coordinate with local colleges to offer the courses on base.

For more information, contact Master Sgt. Janelle Amador at 567-5927.