In an effort to meet the challenges of growing budget constraints and still invest in future Air Force leaders, Team Patrick-Cape innovated a virtual way of learning that can be the benchmark for all other service schools called “iLearning.”
“The initiatives that our professional development center have been taking are award winning,” said Chief Master Sgt. Craig Neri, 45th Space Wing command chief. “Our education programs are a force multiplier, and we need the sharpest Airmen in our force in order to meet our growing needs. Our operations tempo continues to increase from 17 launches last year, to 26 this year, and even more scheduled for next year.”
The Patrick Airman Leadership School, which resides within the Professional Development Center at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., offers a new approach on how Airmen are able to garner leadership skills and achieve professional development.
The Patrick ALS is the only one in the Air Force that uses iPads exclusively for class content and communication. With no printed documents, they have shown that students can be successful when they learn virtually.
“This generation knows and understands the digital world more than any other,” Neri said. “They grew up using high-tech gadgets to learn.”
Following the current trend in education, ALS developed an iLearning system where students can load content as well as share it on issued iPads.
Source:: Air Force Space Command