Character Animator is installed with AE. What version did you install and what's the build number down to the last decimal point?
it says Version 18.104.22.168
In case this makes a difference, I am an educator, and the school i work for is who purchsed for me, and the tech guy is the one who "picks" out my license, so I am wondering if they got me an "older" version to save $? Ugh
You don't purchase After Effects (or any of the Adobe products) anymore. You get a subscription. That means you get access to CS6, CC, CC 2014, and CC 2015 versions of the entire suite of software for the same price. Your guy just didn't get you updated all the way. You're running an old version of CC 2015. The latest version (which includes the updated Character Animator) is 13.7.1 on PC 13.7.2 on Mac.