Veteran Educator Background – Redstone College

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Published in the May/June 2012 issue of print Search & Employ®  |

Redstone College offers technical degree programs including Airframe and Powerplant (A&P), Advanced Electronics Technology (Avionics), Wind Energy Technology, and Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC). Degrees can be completed in 15 to 18 months. Students learn from instructors who have industry experience, receive hands-on practical training, industry networking opportunities, career placement assistance, and tuition-free alumni retraining. Redstone is located in Broomfield, Colorado, a Denver suburb.

Since the school was founded in 1965, more than 15,000 students have graduated. The institution employs 100 staff and faculty; more than 20 percent of the staff have military backgrounds.  Student enrollment is roughly 750; over one-third of them are veterans or members of the reserve forces.

The school is enthusiastic about enrolling veteran students because many veterans already have some level of technical training and typically excel at Redstone. The school accepts a number of government-supported student aid programs on behalf of the military, such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill, including its Yellow Ribbon Program provision. Dedicated student service advisors with military backgrounds guide students through the financing process, so they can focus their attention on career training.

Mike Andrade, a former senior airman in the Air Force, is a graduate of Redstone’s Advanced Electronics Technology program and is currently enrolled in the A&P program. He carried out his main responsibilities in the Air Force as an aircraft guidance and control systems specialist. He performed line maintenance on flight guidance and instrumentation systems on 32 KC-10A aircraft – which are valued at over $1.4 billion.

Andrade believes that Redstone is a great school for servicemembers. “Some of the staff are veterans themselves, so they can relate to us in many ways,” he said. “They understand the sacrifices and hardships we’ve had to endure. We have a dedicated veteran liaison that handles all of the veterans’ tuition and financial aid information and serves as our middleman to the VA. The College charges the VA directly for tuition and the VA pays the school directly, leaving less for students to stress over.”


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This article was written by Jay Myers