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William Woods announces partnership with Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative

Initiative will allow WWU to offer online baccalaureate degree opportunities to enlisted personnel in the U.S. Air and Space Force

It is a new year at William Woods University (WWU), with a new demonstration of the University’s strong commitment to serving our nation’s active duty and reserve members of the military.

Today, The Woods announced a new partnership with the Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative (AU-ABC), an initiative between Air University and accredited civilian academic institutions like WWU to offer baccalaureate degree opportunities to enlisted personnel in the U.S. Air and Space Force. AU-ABC provides expanded online degree programs and school choice options to Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) students and graduates. Under the partnership, CCAF students will be able to pursue a William Woods degree in Management and Leadership (https://www.williamwoods.edu/academics/undergraduate/programs_and_degrees/business/bachelors_in_management_and_leadership.html), with potential additional degree options in the future. The program allows U.S. Air and Space Force professionals to pursue and earn baccalaureate degrees beyond the associate’s degrees they earn through the CCAF.

In joining the AU-ABC partnership, William Woods has once again further established its status as an official Military-Friendly University.

“We are thrilled to enter into this landmark agreement with the Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative, and are looking forward to making our quality online academic degree programs available to enlisted U.S. Air and Space Force personnel,” said Dr. Jeremy Moreland, President of William Woods University. “Joining the AU-ABC partnership builds upon the other existing programs we offer that benefit our prospective, active duty and reserve military members, including the Show-Me GOLD and Triumph programs, and we could not be more proud.”

The new partnership with AU-ABC is just the latest initiative at The Woods that honors those who serve. Just last year, the University established a new Military and First Responder Grant, a significant tuition reduction program for WWU students, as well as their spouses and dependents, who either serve the nation in the military or their communities as first responders.

WWU announced the establishment of the Show-Me Guard Officer Leadership Development (GOLD) program in 2018, becoming the first private institution to host the program. Designed to train and prepare young men and women to serve as commissioned officers in the Missouri National Guard, the Show-Me GOLD program first began being offered at William Woods in 2019.  In addition, the University began offering the Triumph Program in 2019, which is a partnership between WWU and Missouri Military Academy in which MMA students are able to take college courses and earn college credit at William Woods while still high school students.

Plus, the cost, support and career services, and flexibility – all hallmarks of the WWU experience – are among the most important factors in college decision-making for veterans, according to a U.S. News and World Report study. William Woods’ online and part-time study options, as well as the freedom to start and stop as needed, provide the flexibility students need to finish their degrees as their schedule allows.

Through these initiatives, WWU has regularly received the official “Military Friendly” designation from Viqtory Recruitment Marketing Solutions, a national veteran-owned marketing firm, which is an annual list of colleges, universities and businesses that provide the best service to military members and their families.