The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center awarded its 10,000th Associate of Arts in Foreign Language on June 5, 2014, marking an impressive milestone for the Institute’s regionally accredited program.
Spc. Alexis Lavonsia Fyne, a graduate of the Persian Farsi language program, was presented with a DLIFLC AA Degree in Persian Farsi by Assistant Commandant Col. Ginger Wallace.
“Not only did he manage to get through the (difficult) Persian Farsi course, but he also managed to earn extra credit… by spending 175 hours tutoring students in his class. We are proud today at DLIFLC to present the 10,000th AA degree to Spc. Fyne,” said Wallace.
Forty students from all four branches of the services graduated from the Persian Farsi course that lasts 47 weeks. Instruction at the Institute is all year around, five days a week, seven hours per day, with two to three hours of homework each night.
While it is an accomplishment to complete DLIFLC coursework and earn a DLIFLC diploma, the extra effort required in earning an AA degree is widely recognized by those internal and external to DLIFLC.
“I am amazed by the number of students who want to take advantage of this program. Having degree also enhances their academic and professional success as a service member,” explained Pam Taylor, Academic Affairs Directorate dean.
The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges first granted academic credit for DLIFLC courses in 1979. In March 2002, DLIFLC was awarded AA degree granting authority. Since then, the AA degree program was well received and significantly grew over the years.
The DLIFLC AA degree is based on the successful completion of studies in the foreign language major in residence at DLIFLC and the completion of specific general education requirements. These general education requirements can be earned through studies at other accredited institutions, even after DLIFLC graduation. Students must have successfully completed 45 semester hours in the foreign language major at DLIFLC and 18 semester hours in six subject areas of general education (Mathematics, Natural Science, English Composition, Social Science, Technology, and Physical Education).
Many students start DLIFLC language courses with some general education credits, prior college, Advance Placement testing, or even a Bachelor degree. Credits must come from regionally accredited colleges/universities and authorized testing sources.
Story and Photo Credits
Photos by Natela Cutter, story by Dr. Robert Savukinas
Assistant Commandant Col. Ginger Wallace congratulates Spc. Alexis Lavonsia Fyne, as the 10,000th AA degree recipient and graduate of the Persian Farsi language program on June 5, 2014 at the Presidio of Monterey Post Theater.