Air Force Academy Transitions Back to On-Campus Learning, Stays Focused on Tech

Despite making the shift back to on-campus learning for the spring semester, the U.S. Air Force Academy has remained laser-focused on improving classroom technology.

As with many colleges across the county, the school went virtual for the fall semester to help stem the spread of COVID-19. The school said the new semester began last week via online learning. While the academy noted that for the spring semester “thousands” of students have resumed classroom learning, some cadets are continuing with online learning.

Despite challenges the school has faced this year, Brig. Gen. Linell Letendre, the academy’s dean, was optimistic for the year ahead.

“We’re certainly dealing with some challenges, but I’m especially proud of our cadets for staying optimistic and understanding their greater purpose as future officers as we make our way through the obstacles posed by this pandemic,” she said. “Their motivation, combined with our faculty’s dedication, inspires me every day.”

Despite the move back to a more traditional learning style, the academy remains focused on improving IT infrastructure across its campus. The school said its “ongoing investments in its IT infrastructure have given cadets and staff a safe and secure internet environment.”

“Cadets and staff are technology consumers, so with campus-wide wireless access and connectivity, the start of the spring semester went smoothly,” said Col. Harold Hoang, the academy’s CIO.

Hoang said the academy is specifically focused on providing cutting-edge high-speed internet access, with an emphasis on cloud-hosted services accessible “from anywhere, anytime, on any device.”

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