"The flexibility really appealed to me."
After serving nine years in the U.S. Coast Guard, Jed Warner worked in restaurants and retail but aspired to something more.
Realizing a college degree would enhance his career prospects, Warner started taking night classes at SNHU during the summer of 2010. Less than two years later, he completed requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in justice studies and will soon begin a graduate degree program.
With academic credit earned for his military service, Warner met his remaining requirements by studying year round, combining on campus and online learning. Taking advantage of hybrid courses, which include classroom and online components, helped him achieve his goal while meeting work and family responsibilities.
"The flexibility really appealed to me," he says.
A West Hartford, Conn., native, Warner was part of a Virginia-based Coast Guard law enforcement unit that contributed to the homeland security effort in New York City following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Combining his military experience with an SNHU degree, he aims to make a difference.
"I would like to get into law enforcement, either at a federal or local level, probably more on the analytical side," he says. "My dream job would be getting back into homeland security, trying to figure out who's a threat."