Transitioning to Civilian

Jason:

This is my first blog so be gentle please. But first a little about me. My name is Jason Moore. I joined the army in 2010 as a 13B or other words knows as Field Artillery Crewman. I was stationed at 101st Airborne Division after basic training and AIT (Advanced Initial Training). I was shortly deployed to Afghanistan in the Kunar province for a year.  I spent 3 years in the army and got out due to a medical reason. When I got out I thought I would just go back to my normal civilian life but it wasn’t easy.

I decided to try and start school to occupy my free time and thought again “this will be easy, I’ve been through the military training, I got this in the bag.”  I was wrong, though. This is a completely different world than I thought. If it wasn’t for the great resources the Veteran center had such as peer tutors, a private place to study (the lounge) and instructors like I had (Joe Slonka, and Richard Corbetta) and all the others in the paralegal program, I believe I will would have quit, but I’m glad I didn’t. But I’m not the only one. DJ will tell you his story now.

DJ:

My name is Daniel Cunningham, like Jason this is my first time writing in a blog format so please be understanding to the both of us. I joined the military back in 2005 as a 91w at the time, it is now known as a 68w or medic. My time in the military was very diverse. I went from Ft. Hood where I had my first deployment to Iraq with 4th ID. When I got back I was put with 1st ID 1/26 where I went on my second deployment in 2008 to Afghanistan. After that I did a stent in Korea and finally came back to 1/26 at Ft Knox, where I went on my final deployment which ended with me being medically retired from the military in 2014.

Coming out of the military was extremely hard on me. I did not want out and I had fought my medical board for almost two years before I finally resigned to my fate. When I first got out I lived with my family here in Colorado trying to figure out what I should do with my life now. My life goals of doing 20 years in the military and then going over to the police force were no longer possible, so I spiraled into a state of depression. Finally, my wife had had enough of me and forced me to go to school to find myself again. Since then I have been a lot happier and have finally chosen a career path for myself, geophysical engineering, which feels good. I believe that being around the fellow Veterans here at ACC and hearing their stories has helped me move through the transition and find a new life outside of the military.

ACC can be a great place for each of our Veterans coming back. We want each of you to find your place here at ACC – join us in the Veterans Lounge, stop by a Student Veterans Association meeting in the fall or use any of the great resources. While it will not always be easy to make a transition, by making connections here at ACC, you’ll have an overall better time here and hopefully a successful experience. You can contact us at jmoore249@student.cccs.edu and dcunningham23@student.cccs.edu

by Jason Moore and DJ Cunningham

You Can Move Mountains at ACC

The Rockies. The Rockies are at your doorstep and they’re here to stay. Time can’t move them. Shape them, yes, but not move them.

At their campuses in Littleton, Parker and Castle Rock, Colorado, the faculty at Arapahoe Community College are inspiring their students to do just that: move them. A metaphor, absolutely. But its is something wonderful about what they want for you: they want you to move mountains, to succeed beyond your dreams. And it makes sense.

We move mountains to hire a faculty that cares about each and every student. Not just great teachers, but professors who really care. You might hear that from other colleges but at ACC you can count on it. It’s what makes us unique.You can expect rigorous academics combined with an overwhelming desire to see you succeed. Classes are small. Personal attention is the rule.

No matter which direction you choose, an associate degree, transfer credits, certificates, or workforce training, we will jump-start you like no other college. Our name means something in the community and beyond. We are known for our culture of achievement and you will be a part of it. We have a commitment to the future and you will be a part of it. We know you can do this.

With ACC as your rock and your willingness to learn, you will be successful beyond your expectations. You will be proud of what you’ve achieved and you should be. You will have moved mountains.

Arapahoe Community College. Move Mountains.