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CUT FROM THE SAME CLOTH AS TRIDENT'S STUDENTS: AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. MARK PIEFFER

Posted by Daniel Sloan on May 26, 2017 11:31:45 AM

There is no doubt that Dr. Mark Pieffer understands Trident and its community of adult learners.

Dr. Pieffer, who served as the Provost at Jones International University, joined Trident University after the closing of JIU.  In fact, as part of that closing, JIU and Trident established a partnership and many of JIU’s students and several faculty transferred to the Trident community.

It was a successful transition due to both institutions’ commitment to student success, as well as the large number of students and alumni with ties to the military.

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Topics: Veterans, Faculty, Military, Bachelor's Degrees, Student Success

PROFILES IN SUCCESS: DR. VINCENT HAVRILKO

Posted by Daniel Sloan on Feb 23, 2017 4:36:58 AM

Dr. Vincent Havrilko is an Air Force civilian serving the 366th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 366th Mission Support Group, 366th Fighter Wing, Air Combat Command at Mountain Home AFB in Idaho. He served for 22 years in the Air Force, retiring as a Master Sergeant.  

Dr. Havrilko completed a Ph.D. in Business Administration at Trident, as well as degrees at the master’s and bachelor’s levels. He is one of only nine alumni to have earned a degree at each program level from Trident.
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Topics: PhD Degrees, Business Adminstration, Military, Glenn R. Jones College of Business, Military to Civilian Transition

PROFILES IN SUCCESS: STEVE RICHARDS

Posted by Steve Richards, Trident Alumnus on Jan 27, 2017 11:07:44 AM

Trident helped me to fulfill my educational goals and dreams, teaching me that if I plot my goals and take things in stride I will accomplish anything. I’ve also strengthened my professional skills, which helps me to understand better what coworkers expect and how to work as a team.

Thanks to my time at Trident, I’ve improved my interpersonal skills, have become more self-aware, and have become more empathic towards others. I’ve been able to develop leadership skills so I can empower others, allowing me to put the needs of the group ahead of my own.

At first, keeping up with my education was a challenge. As I moved to different military installations, I would often lose credits enrolling in courses at different schools. It was hard not to think I was going nowhere fast, but things changed after I enrolled at Trident and worked with its faculty.

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Topics: Military, Bachelor's Degrees, Careers, Glenn R. Jones College of Business, Alumni

PROFILES IN SUCCESS: ERIC SESSIONS, JR.

Posted by Daniel Sloan on Jan 10, 2017 7:35:18 PM

Eric Sessions, Jr. is a U.S. Naval Commissioned Officer, and in this capacity he has been selected by the President of the United States to serve indefinitely as an Information Professional Leader anywhere in the realms of acquisitions, project management, afloat communications systems, joint expeditionary communications planning, and cyber defense capacities.  

He is an alumnus of Trident’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Master of Science in Information Technology programs.

Trident: Since you were a student at Trident, have you made moves upward in your career?

Eric Sessions, Jr.: Since attending Trident, my professional credentials and accomplishments have increased significantly. Moreover, the education obtained at Trident propelled my opportunities in the U.S. Navy from being a non-commissioned Sailor to getting accepted into the Navy’s most rigorous and scrutinized commissioning avenue of Officer Candidate School. This has been a long standing goal of mine that was ultimately accomplished by pursuing higher learning at Trident.

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Topics: Information Systems, Master's Degrees, Military, Alumni

CENTURION MILITARY ALLIANCE'S TRANSITION WORKSHOP COMES TO D.C.

Posted by Daniel Sloan on Oct 20, 2016 12:11:13 PM

On Thursday, Centurion Military Alliance held their first Washington, DC Warrior Transition Readiness Program. Designed for individuals who are planning to transition out of the military, these day-long seminars prepare participants with the knowledge, tools, and resources needed for success as a professional in the civilian world.

While talking to CMA’s founder and CEO Jarod Myers (pictured, far left), it quickly became clear how passionate he is about helping men and women of the military. It’s not just that Myers is also a veteran himself, it’s that he clearly understands that success as a civilian isn’t just about hard work – it’s also about having a strategy that is unique to that individual.

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Topics: Veterans, Military, Careers, Military to Civilian Transition

TIPS FOR TRANSITIONING FROM MILITARY TO CIVILIAN LIFE (PART 2)

Posted by Phil Johndrow on Sep 2, 2016 7:23:43 AM

This is the second part of a special two part blog series from United States Army veteran and Trident's National Director of Military and Veterans Alliances, Philip F. Johndrow. Come back to our blog tomorrow to see the final part of this blog. Read the first part here.

After you step back into the civilian world, after many years away, you may experience a myriad of different feelings, such as:

  • Feeling uncomfortable with the lack of structure and goals compared to military life
  • Longing for the adrenaline rush of physical and life-challenging situations
  • Concern about finances due to the lack of job security
  • A perfectionist attitude in work and other areas of life
  • Annoyance at others who seem more easygoing or less detail-oriented than you
  • Isolation or loneliness because others may not understand some of your military experiences

But like many of the challenges that you’ve faced in the past, these are some you can overcome by putting your mind to work. By making a plan and outlining the steps to navigate these challenges, you can have a successful military to civilian transition.

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Topics: Veterans, Military Education, Military, Veteran Education

TIPS FOR TRANSITIONING FROM MILITARY TO CIVILIAN LIFE (PART 1)

Posted by Phil Johndrow on Aug 31, 2016 6:00:00 PM

I joined the United States Army when I was 19 years old and I retired when I was 53. As an adult, the military was all I knew. It wasn’t just a job - it was my life – and it shaped me into the person I am today.

Transitioning out of the service can be difficult for some men and women because they’re saying goodbye to a way of life and returning to the civilian world. Some of these folks, like myself, may have spent their entire adult lives in the service, so the civilian world may seem a little foreign to them.

I did my best to avoid being sheltered while in the Army. I was active and engaged with the local community, my children played sports, and I attended social functions and school events, but for the better part of the day my life and my mind were firmly entrenched in the military.

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Topics: Veterans, Military Education, Military, Veteran Education

4 KEY TRIDENT SUPPORT SERVICES FOR NEW STUDENTS

Posted by Cindy Wiley on Aug 19, 2016 3:49:08 PM

Trident’s staff and faculty are focused on the success of all our bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificate students.  If you’re a new student – or are considering enrollment -  these are some of the key resources available to maximize your educational experience so you can prepare yourself for a rewarding career.

1. Center for Student Success
The CFSS focuses on program completion and graduation for all of our students. Our Student Success Advisors (SSA) are all about fostering individualized relationships with each student. The SSA is here to support you in every step of your path towards graduation.

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Topics: Veterans, Study Tips, Military, Careers

MEET REGIONAL MANAGER & VETERAN EMANUEL SEPULVEDA

Posted by Daniel Sloan on Aug 15, 2016 5:51:49 AM

Emanuel “Manny” Sepulveda is a key player in Trident’s military and veteran education initiatives. As a Regional Manager of Strategic Military and Community Relations for the Mid-Atlantic Region, Sepulveda works with men and women with a military background who are seeking to further their education. As someone who’s made the same transition in the past, he understands the preparation needed to translate their success to the civilian world.

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Hoboken, New Jersey, Sepulveda enlisted in the Navy in 1988. Throughout his time in the Navy, he earned two Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medals, nine Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various unit and campaign awards. He served on submarine duty in the Mediterranean and the Arctic and time as a counselor recruiter.

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Topics: Veterans, Military Education, Military, Veteran Education

MEET REGIONAL MANAGER & VETERAN AL RIGUAL

Posted by Trident University on Jul 26, 2016 4:00:00 AM

Arcadio “Al” Rigual is one of Trident’s Regional Managers of Strategic Military and Community Relations, serving the South Western region of the United States. His home area includes the states of California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Washington, Alaska, Montana, Hawaii, and Idaho.

Rigual joined Trident in 2013, and prior to that he served in the U.S. Army for over 20 years. He was stationed in several bases across the U.S. and Europe, holding several positions during his years of service.  After transitioning, he was a high school teacher for eight years, instructing students in a variety of subjects including leadership, physical education, history, and organizational management.

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Topics: Veterans, Military Education, Military, Veteran Education