“If someone had told the 17-year-old me that I would be here now, trying to accomplish all of this, I would have probably gotten my act together sooner,” he said. “Despite the hustle, our lives are good. I think we are both very happy with where we are and what we are accomplishing.”
A 10-year veteran of the Army, Parker worked on helicopters and served in Iraq for four years between 2004-2011. “That’s when I grew up,” he said. “That’s when I found the responsible me.”
Now a firefighter/paramedic for two fire departments in St. Tammany Parish, La, where he lives, Parker is working toward enrolling in the EMS/Paramedic-to-RN program at MGCCC’s Bryant Center.
“My grades were not that great my first time around in college when I attended a university right out of high school. I started college at 17 and did the whole fraternity and partying thing. Now I am trying to bolster my grade point average enough to apply to the program this spring.”
Parker is taking most of his classes at MGCCC online to avoid a long daily commute. “MGCCC is the only place even remotely local to me that offers the Paramedic-to-RN bridge program in a hybrid format that works with my schedule. While I prefer traditional classes, due to my family and work life, I was forced to take most of my classes online.”
Surprising himself, Parker has excelled in the online environment. “My instructors have just been outstanding. The classes are set up in a very uniform, interactive, and understandable manner; much greater than I expected from any online classes. MGCCC offers a quality education in this format.”
Driving the 70-plus miles to the Harrison County Campus, Parker enrolled for fall classes on August 16 and picked up his books.
“I wanted to meet several of the outstanding instructors I took classes with this summer,” he said. “I wanted to let them know how much I appreciate the great job they do and how much they have helped me as I returned to college. While I look forward to beginning the transition program, I have also found a love of many subjects through online learning.”