After serving 20 years in the US Navy as an Electronics Technician, I retired and moved back home to northern California where I tried to find a job that I had experience in, and I couldn’t find anything in my area of experience. I spent many months looking for an electronics job in an area that has little opportunity for an electronics technician. In 2012, I had a chance to move to Florida and look for a job in the Orlando area, so I packed up and moved to Florida. After being in the Orlando area looking for a job and getting told repeatedly that I needed a degree to get hired, I got in touch with the Vocational Rehabilitation program and began my college career. I then spent 3 years going to college full time and was still over a year from getting a AA. At that time, I was really tired of college and wanted to work, to have a job in electronics.
That is when I found out about the VAe, I contacted them and came by for a look and walk through, that’s all it took I was hooked. I began the program in Jan 2016 and finished the program in March, but I have a background in electronics. I am now still going to the VAe class studying for my FCC GMDSS while I help out with the rest my fellow veterans that are in the course. This was a godsend for me as I was tired and burnt out from college and not getting anything out of it, no degree yet and no certificates. Now I have multiple certificates and looking forward to working in my field of choice soon.
While in the course at the Orlando branch I enjoyed every step of the program. From doing my EM1-5 modules to my IPC and J-STD courses. Working with the team here in the Orlando branch has been a lot of fun for me. Going through IPC and J-STD with Frank was also fun and new for me. I have a lot of experience in electronics and it was interesting to learn where some of the stuff I have done in my career actually came from.
Now I have completed my course of study at VAe I am studying for my FCC license, GMDSS, which I am hoping to pass. I want to thank everyone here at the VAe for a wonderful experience and for all that I have gotten out of this program. I think this is a great program and I can see it helping out a lot of veterans in the future to find a new career path and field that is expanding every day.