Transitioning from active military service to civilian life can be a daunting task. Luckily for the CC community, nearly 18,000 alumni have served in the military or are dependents of service members and provide a valuable network of individuals who share this unique perspective to the workforce.

On Feb. 10, 2021, the Columbia College Alumni Association hosted a virtual panel to discuss careers after military service. The event was moderated by Keith Glindemann (senior director of Military and Veterans Services for the Ousley Family Veterans Service Center), Dan Gomez-Palacio (director of the Grossnickle Career Services Center) and Keith McIver (director of Alumni Development).

Four alumni panelists shared their experiences during the hour-long conversation.

  • James Shelton ’03, retired U.S. Army Sergeant First Class, is a military relations manager for Lockheed Martin in Orlando. He completed his undergraduate studies at Columbia College-Orlando.
  • Treka Henry ’09 is a program analyst for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Lenexa, Kansas. She served in the U.S. Army for 11 years and achieved the rank of Captain. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology through the Columbia College Day Program.
  • Jonathan Dudley ’10 is a military intelligence officer for the Missouri Army National Guard Homeland Response Force. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science through the Columbia College Day Program and currently services as chair of the CCAA Advisory Board.
  • Ed Sasan ’11 was an explosive ordnance disposal specialist for the U.S. Army. After retiring in 2005, he joined the Madison City Police Department and is now an anti-terrorism officer for the Department of Defense. He completed his undergraduate degree at Columbia College-Redstone Arsenal in Alabama.

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