Online Education at Capella University Prepares You For the 'Real World'
In 1994, Guerin Moorman separated from active duty in the U.S. Air Force
after six years of military service. He settled in Spokane, Washington,
where he serves in the Air National Guard, and began to look for a "home"
for the undergraduate credits he had accrued in management and technology.
Moorman had taken online courses at the University of Phoenix, the
University of Maryland University College, and City University. After
military service he completed numerous vendor certifications. With the
equivalent of over 100 college credits, Chapter 30 education benefits from
active duty, and the GI bill kicker, Moorman went hunting for a university
to complete his bachelor’s degree.
"I was working for a wireless Internet Service Provider from 2000 to 2001
and was laid off in March. I did a lot of small jobs to make ends meet but
I knew I needed the degree to reflect where I am technically and to make
more money. I didn’t want to fool around with general education courses at
age 35," said Moorman.
Moorman compared Capella University and Excelsior College. "Both
universities were willing to transfer my general classes and to give me
credit for experience and certifications," said Moorman. "I’ve taken
online courses at three online universities so I definitely had the
first-hand experience to compare the schools and the enrollment
processes." The personalized enrollment process distinguished Capella for
"Capella’s enrollment process was excellent. Capella ordered my
transcripts and paid for them and worked out my VA benefits—which is
substantial. When you’re going to school and working full-time, you don’t
have time to worry about forms and benefits. I had one point of contact at
Capella who took care of the logistical issues." Moorman took a job in
October working for CNSI as an IT Coordinator for the Transportation
Security Administration. This administration was founded by order of the
Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA), signed into law by
President George W. Bush on November 19, 2001—following the September 11
attack on the World Trade Center Towers. One of the charters of this
administration is to oversee airport security.
Moorman’s military clearance status was instrumental in this appointment.
As IT Coordinator, he will support the network at Spokane International
Airport and five smaller airports.
"Capella’s courses are more real-world than what I experienced in other
universities. I wanted something relevant and I got it. We’re rolling out
a Windows 2000 network at work with Cisco routers. Two of my Capella
courses deal with the Windows 2000 server—that’s a real win-win
situation," said Moorman.
Guerin Moorman is enrolled in the B.S. program in the School of Technology
with a specialization in Computer Information Systems. He is married and
has two teenage daughters and a 3-year old son. He plays the guitar and
keyboard and is currently learning to play the Scottish Highland bagpipes.