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D-M Airman saves time earning a degree

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Connor Proctor, 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron A-10 avionics technician, spends his free time studying at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 26, 2013. Airman Procotor plans to get a bachelor’s degree in business. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Connor Proctor, 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron A-10 avionics technician, spends his free time studying and takes advantage of the College Level Examination Program as well as the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support program at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 26, 2013. Airman Procotor plans to get a bachelor’s degree in business. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths/Released)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- An Airman here doesn't attend college but rather spends his time earning college credit through the College Level Examination Program as well as the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support program.

Airman 1st Class Connor Proctor, 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron A-10 avionics technician, spends most of his time, if not working, studying for CLEPs and DANTES. He's completed about a dozen classes and plans to keep at it.

"My goal is to get as much school done as possible without going to school," said Proctor. "Ultimately, I would like to get a bachelor's degree in business."

For easier subjects he studies for one to two days before testing on the materials. For harder subjects, he studies from one to two weeks.

"I'm actually not too good at tests," Proctor said. "When it comes to guessing on test I'm pretty horrible test taker. As long as you're somewhat prepared for these tests the answers are pretty clear cut. They aren't tricky. They are pretty passable if you just put some time into studying."

He recommends anyone thinking about taking the CLEP or DANTES can go to www.free-clep-prep.com for more information. It provides a list of resources to study from for each test.

A few classes Proctor has complete through these tests are, Fundamentals of Counseling, Introduction to Psychology, Public Speaking, Principles of Marketing, Principles of Supervision, Principles of Management, and College Mathematics

If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment to take a CLEP or DANTES exam, contact Pima Community College's Davis-Monthan Education Center in Building 2441, Suite 100 or call 206-4866.