After two tours in Iraq, Zane struggled to reintegrating with the community at home. Education proved to be the key to helping him find purpose. Zane credits his Brandman education with helping him land his dream job at Madigan Army Medical Center. Today his role at the hospital allows him to serve his fellow veterans and active duty soldiers.
"My first experience with Brandman was when I was a special education teacher. My district paired up with Brandman for an autism certificate. I liked it because I was able to still work and do everything else I needed to do. I liked the way the program was – the online component plus in-face classes."
"I am a medically retired Marine. After 10 years in the Corps, I thought to myself, "what do I want to be when I grow up if I'm not going to be a Marine?". That's when I decided to go back to school to get some skills that I didn't have that were applicable to the civilian world. A Marine may not disclose what their issues in education may be because it's seen as a weakness. The office of Accessible Education helped me succeed. It's helped me realize that I can do this."
"I served 4 years in the Marines with deployments to Iraq. I came back and am currently dealing with effects of PTS, anxiety, and depression - all disorders recognized by the Department of Veteran Affairs. And it's been a struggle for me over the last 12-15 years trying to readjust. I think what Brandman is doing with the outreach to veterans is so great. The proactive nature of the Office of Accessible Education and Counseling is something that is a model for not only schools but for the VA."
"I joined the US Air Force (USAF) straight out of high school. As a veteran, I definitely encourage other veterans to seek out what services the school offers. And even if you don't think you can qualify for the advantage, at least ask. It's not accepting a handout. It's encouraging other members in the military to take part in the program."
"...it was always my goal to become a Nurse Practitioner. I wanted to mentor other nurses who were new to the profession and share my experiences with them.”
“On several occasions, the conversations turn to where ‘we’ went to school… I secretly cringe waiting for them to ask what my degree is in. I feel this is the one place where I lack credibility in my job... and where having a degree will make a difference.”
“Seeing 3 friends/co-workers graduate from Brandman last May with their MBA's got me thinking. All 3 are married with young children and have jobs at least as demanding as mine. I am single with grown children. What was my excuse?”
“Being a college graduate has been on my ‘bucket’ list for over 20 years. Finishing college will be a huge feeling of accomplishment.”
“The MBA does equip me for business, for working in the real world.”
“Brandman has taught me a lot about teaching to different levels of students.”