MILITARY ALUMNI SUCCESS STORIES

 

“Wayland Baptist University has enabled me to accomplish one of my career and life goals of attaining a master's degree, the first in my family to do so.
“Since I am in the Navy, I travel quite a bit. It is difficult finding a quality school that has course schedules and programs that are conducive to my dynamically changing schedule. The short terms in-class, supplemented by a couple online classes and a couple of hybrid classes, enabled me to complete my degree while ensuring that I received quality face-to-face instruction and mentoring.”

“I now believe that I am much better prepared to transition into the civilian life. I have completed 21 years of Naval service and am now eligible to retire an transition to a new career in the business world.”

Charles Bering, HI grad, MAM

“The experience at Wayland helped me make my main dream a reality by having the correct courses of study that I needed to achieve my dream,” he said. “Wayland also helped by being adaptable to the military way of life to support me as a military student, like being understanding when I deployed, being flexible when I had a TDY or military exercise commitment that I couldn't break.”

“(The degree) has given me a sense of achievement that I'd never known. To be a college graduate in itself proved to me that I was smart enough and patient and persistent enough to be successful. It also encouraged me to go for my master’s degree,” he said.
“My Wayland experience has helped me be a better manager, a better student, and along the theme of a Christian college, to have a better relationship with God, my family, and my friends.”

Rich Piech, operations manager, Golden Valley Electric Association
Fairbanks, Alaska BSOE 2003, MAM 2006

“I would have attended WBU just because it was the fulfillment of a dream, but the flexibility of the classes, the instructors and the on-site counselor (Maxine Bernhardt) made the experience that much better.”

“Through fulfilling my dream, my earning potential and potential for increased advancement in the military increased,” he said. “My wife and I treasure our marriage and family above anything else. We know the life of a military family isn’t easy, and it gets tougher as the War on Terrorism continues. Fulfilling my dream has meant that my wife and I can fulfill the dream we have for our family by allowing her to stay home with our three children.”

“The opportunity provided by WBU has also allowed me to share my story with the soldiers I have lead and come in contact with daily. I get a tremendous amount of satisfaction from seeing the glimmer in a soldier’s eye when they see my degree hanging on my wall and realize that they don’t have to wait to pursue their dream. Universities like WBU have met a need for our military, and they are daily helping men and women realize their dreams.”

Kevin McPherson, BSOE 1994, Fairbanks
Sergeant, U.S. Army

“When someone talks about wanting to go back to school, I always tell them to go see the folks at Wayland! They will help you get everything in line so you know exactly what classes you need to meet your goals. The classes are interesting and the staff works hard to find well-qualified instructors to make sure you get the most from the very first class meeting. Online classes are available if work schedules don’t allow you to be in the classroom. I wish I had talked to them sooner!”

Rita Waters, GS-11, DAF
Altus Campus student