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Gulf War veteran making the transition (Updated Feb. 2014)

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Gulf War veteran making the transition (Updated Feb. 2014)









Mark Minor

Computer Networking
Golden Triangle campus

Spring 2011 graduate

From Greenville, Miss.​


How I got here:
I am a 21‐year retired U.S. Navy Veteran who wanted to pursue a career in a field that I love very much. When I retired from the Navy and moved back to Mississippi, I was looking for a college that would offer me the training and education I was looking for, but would also provide that small college atmosphere – since it had been years since I had been in a classroom environment. And to me, EMCC was the better choice over Mississippi State University or Mississippi University for Women because of the small campus.

What I’m doing:
I chose this field because I have always had a love for computers. I believe that my instructors are some of the best I have ever had, and that they have had my best interest in mind ever since I came to EMCC.

What’s next:
I see myself becoming a network administrator for a school district or mid‐size business for the next 20 years. Attending EMCC has opened doors for me because it has allowed me to network with various people and my instructors, and to obtain a job at one of the local college’s outreach department in its IT support division.
My advice:
The main thing is to always communicate with your instructors and set up specific times to study.

What his instructor, Sandra Coleman, says:
Mark Minor joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 18. He made his way up the ranks at a steady pace by showing his perseverance and tenacity to do well. He told me his proudest moment in the military was when he became Chief Petty Officer while serving on the USS Harry S. Truman. After making his final tour of duty to the Arabian Gulf in support of the War on Terror, he retired after more than two decades of distinguished service. Mark has “been there, done that,” and now he’s ready to settle into a career he loves. I am so proud of his accomplishments!​

Update: February 2014

After moving back to Mississippi, I needed to retool myself for employment in the civilian workforce. While attending EMCC, I had a great time. My instructors were very helpful, and so were all the support staff, including the Veterans Financial Aid representatives and the counselors. They really showed a interest and made sure I had what I need to be successful. Now, as a graduate of EMCC, I work at the Mississippi State Extension Service Center for Technology Outreach as the Network Administrator, and I manage a computer network that spans the entire state of Mississippi servicing over 101 remote sites. Very seldom does a person get to go from one career they love to another, but with the help of EMCC I have.



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