2014 Student Advocacy Day

Garrett College

  • Rocky Gregory

    Rocky Gregory

  • Kyle Tressler

    Kyle Tressler

"At Garrett College these challenges are recognized and respected. I am moving forward with support."

A student at Garrett College, Rocky Gregory is a military veteran, and a single father raising two young daughters.  He served with the prestigious U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, sustaining injuries that affected his return to civilian life.

Gregory found that he needed to move into a new career that would accommodate his injuries. Garrett College, with its strong emphasis on meeting the needs of veterans as well as active service members, was there to offer him the education and the assistance he would need to accomplish this goal.  

At Garrett College Gregory finds strong support from the Veterans Affairs and Financial Aid Office and the Garrett College Student Veterans Organization, of which he is now vice president. The Student Veterans’ Center on campus affords a place where he feels the comfort of camaraderie with those who understand his experiences and related challenges inherent in returning to a civilian setting following exposure to combat.

Rocky Gregory is on his way to achieving his goal. He is pursuing a career in business administration and plans to complete his degree at Garrett College and transfer to Frostburg State University to earn his bachelor degree.

“As a military veteran my experiences are very different from those of younger, traditional students. I face different challenges. At Garrett College these challenges are recognized and respected. I am moving forward with support,” he said.

"The welding courses at Garrett College are just what I need to get ahead in my job. I couldn’t ask for better instructors. The classes are great."

Kyle Tressler, a resident of Oakland, Maryland, has been employed in the maintenance department of the well known glass manufacturer Simon Pearce, which is located in Oakland.

When he learned that Garrett College offers graduated courses in welding, he saw his opportunity to enhance his skill level and move forward in his career to a higher paying position.

The Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development division works in concert with local employers to provide the trainings that will benefit and grow the local workforce. When the college’s Career Technology Training Center (CTTC) opened in 2010, those educational opportunities increased. Currently the CTTC offers several levels of training in welding. Tressler found that the welding courses offered just what he needed to advance in the workplace. He signed up for the welding preparation course and Welding I.

“The welding courses at Garrett College are just what I need to get ahead in my job. I couldn’t ask for better instructors. The classes are great.  If Garrett College didn’t offer these welding classes I would not have this great opportunity. This will help me get the promotion that I want,” Tressler said.