U.S. Air Force Service Member and King University Graduate Benefited from Graduate and Professional Studies

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When duty calls, your education may be the first thing you put on the back burner. King University’s Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) program is designed with military service members in mind. By completing one class at a time, our GPS program allows you to stay on track toward graduation while serving your country in active duty, limiting the time you have to be logged on to courses. Most degrees offered through our GPS program can be completed in just 16 months.

Micheil Ross Fairweather works as an Avionics Test Station and Components Journeyman with the United States Air Force. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology through our GPS program in December 2013. He also benefited from the Air Force’s Tuition Assistance Program, which covered 100 percent of the cost of each course up to $1,000. We spoke with Micheil to learn more about his experience at King University as a military service member.

Why did you choose King University?

“I chose King for several reasons. The first was because of the morals and values that King holds in the highest regards. The second reason was because of the online degree plans. This was the best way for me to earn a bachelor’s degree in information technology with my busy schedule. I had planned to attend King before I joined (the Air Force) but was never able to. When the time came to pursue the degree, I immediately thought of King.”

What do you like best about King University?

“I like how easy it is to work full-time, be a husband and father, and be able to get a degree at the same time.”

How have you adjusted to college life after military life?

“It was difficult adjusting to the challenges of being active duty military, a husband and father, and going to school full time. With the help and support of my wife, I was able to set aside time to do school work every day. My work was supportive in my pursuit of my degree and when there was free time, they allowed me to work on school work.”

Do you believe your military experience has made you a better student?

“I believe the Air Force has prepared me for the hard work that is being a full-time student. I am better organized and prepared because of the work ethic that has been instilled in me through the Air Force.”

What advice do you have for veterans returning to school?

“The best advice I can give is to just go for it. With all of the opportunities we have because of our military service, you owe it to yourself to use those benefits and become the best you can be.”

How have things changed for you since beginning your studies at King? Have you progressed in your current career or will this degree possibly lead to a new career path?

“With this degree, I have been able to apply for and be accepted into a new career within the Air Force. I will now be working in a cyber-technology field. This field requires prior experience and knowledge to be accepted and because of King, I will be able to excel in this career.”

What advice do you have for other working adults considering the GPS program?

“I know it’s hard to juggle work and family sometimes, and to add school may seem like a real challenge, but you can do it. The best thing you can do is set your goals and work towards them. There are days when it is really tough but you have to push through it. The reward after just 16 months is completely worth it.”

What reaction did you have from family and coworkers when you went back to school?

“My family was very supportive and happy when they heard that I was going back to school. My wife stood beside me every step of the way, helping any way she could.”

What was your favorite class?

“The Advanced Web Design class was my favorite. I enjoyed getting to use what we had learned in the original web design class and take it even further.”

What do you think sets King apart from other schools?

“I think that King is set apart from other schools because of the strong Christian values that it is founded on.”

Why did you choose to pursue a degree online instead of face-to-face?

“I wanted to go to a school that I knew and trusted. The only way to accomplish this was to pursue an online degree with King.”

How are online classes different than face-to-face classes?

“In my opinion, online classes are better than a face-to-face class. I feel that I have more time to work on something and learn it when I am not constrained by a classroom setting.”

What would you say are the main benefits of online classes?

“It allows me to work on a more flexible schedule, allowing me to work full-time and spend time with family.”

Would you recommend online learning as a study mode?

“I would absolutely recommend online learning.”