Chris Cavanaugh

BS Information Technologies - Cyber Security

"It’s a really good place to learn, regardless of your age."

After serving ten years in the military, followed by five years as a salesman, Chris Cavanaugh found himself unemployed, a victim of layoffs. He interviewed for a position at a global computer technology company in Boston, did well, but discovered he didn’t get the job because he didn’t have a bachelor’s degree. He decided it was time to take care of that.

In researching area schools, he found that only SNHU offered the academic program he wanted, cyber security, and participated in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which helps veterans pay for their college degrees.

“Transferring was really easy,” says Cavanaugh. “They have an entire department for military veterans so I just walked in and told them I was a veteran and they took care of everything. They are all about helping.”

Cavanaugh, who joined the SNHU Chapter of Student Veterans of America, where he now serves as treasurer, was also named to SNHU’s peer-advising leadership team, which helps new students make the transition to SNHU. In the summer of 2014 he’ll be interning at Red Sky Alliance, a cyber crime-fighting company in Manchester.

“I’ve had a very good experience (at SNHU),” says Cavanaugh. “It’s a really good place to learn, regardless of your age. And I’ve already met a lot of people through the veteran’s lounge and through advising.”