General Education Mobile (GEM)

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The Alamo Colleges District is a provider for General Education Mobile (GEM), a partnership between the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) and civilian academic institutions.

GEM offers General Education courses to meet CCAF associate in applied science (AAS) degree requirements and helps reduce the educational impact of deployments, Permanent Change of Station (PCS), and family commitments.

This program is open to active duty Air Force, Space Force, Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard CCAF students only.

The Alamo Colleges have five colleges participating in the Air Force GEM program:


We have a long history of supporting our Air Force in San Antonio, Texas offering on-base academic programs and student services on Lackland AFB, Randolph AFB and Fort Sam Houston and through distance learning.


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Is Distance Learning For Me?

Is Distance Education self-paced?

While flexibly scheduled, Distance Education courses are not self-paced; they run on the same semester schedule as on-campus, and have deadlines for completing assignments and exams.

Is there a disadvantage to Distance Education?

Distance education is not for everyone. All distance learning courses require a higher level of self-motivation and self-discipline. Distance education also requires the ability to read and write independently. Much of the content is presented in written form.

What are the benefits of Distance Education?

Quality... Course content is equal to on-campus courses!
Flexible... Classes are available whenever and wherever you need!
Transferable... Just like on-campus!

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DoD Tuition & Fees

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GEM Contact Information

For questions and assistance with GEM, contact the Military Support Services Team at (210) 486-2001 or email

Betsy Hamilton, Director for Military Support Services (210) 486-2610 or email

Installation Offices

Alamo Colleges Installation Offices

Fort Sam Houston
Building 2268, Room 207
(210) 486-2004
Email Fort Sam Houston Representatives

Lackland Air Force Base
Building 5725, Room 144
(210) 486-7224
Email Lackland AFB Representatives

Randolph Air Force Base
Building 210, Room 10
(210) 486-2901
Email Randolph AFB Representatives

Email questions to our Military Support Team at: 

College Veterans Affairs Offices

Northeast Lakeview College

Student Commons Welcome Center


Northwest Vista College

CCC Room 110

Palo Alto College

PC Room 111

St. Philip's College

WEC Room 205

San Antonio College

MLC Room 171