IT Student Military - Robert

Robert Phillips says he is passionate about serving others. He spent 20 years in the Marine Corps as an air traffic controller, and after he retired, started working with at-risk youth at the Wisconsin National Guard Challenge Academy.

Robert is also a volunteer firefighter and hazardous material technician in his spare time. After many years dedicated to helping others, Robert is now earning his degree in information technology at the La Crosse campus.

“I am working on my BS in IT in order to change to a career that interests me. I also want to show my daughter the importance of an education,” Robert says of why he is now going back to school for himself.

Robert enjoys the flexibility of being able to take classes that fit in with his busy schedule. He also likes that the courses are designed for his desired field of networking and security.

“What I like best is we’ve already started doing some hands-on work,” he says. “I like the way the classes are set up and the real-world relevance of the material.”

“The iPad is easy to use and adds to the education experience,” he says. “I can access so much information from one device.”

Robert also appreciates that he is receiving his education from instructors who are professionals, too.

“The instructors here work in their field that they teach. They’re not just teaching us the books but how it works, and when we leave school we can actually start to pursue our careers.”

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