Matt was a senior in high school when the tragic events of 9/11 unfolded. His reaction? Shock and sadness. His response? Join the military. In fact, inspired by that terrible day, Matt eventually spent four years in the Army as a mechanic, with multiple tours of Afghanistan and Iraq. When his military stint was up, he worked for a civilian group for two more years in the latter war-torn country before returning stateside and the life he’d known.

Settled in his home state of Virginia, Matt enrolled in his local community college. However, adventure soon called again and – armed with an Associate in General Studies degree – he headed west for Colorado. Which is where he discovered FRCC and our Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Program – a perfect fit for one with a long-time interest in computer programming and animation. Matt earned an Associate of Applied Science degree, launched his new career as a CAD specialist with Waterpik, and now teaches an FRCC class in 3DS Max.

It’s a long journey from Afghanistan and Iraq to Fort Collins. But as Matt will tell you, the destination was worth every step.

“You’ll be surprised how much you enjoy taking classes at FRCC. From the first day on campus, the people there were so nice. They never seemed stressed or hurried. They answered all my questions. I felt like I belonged there. And I knew the instructors were invested in my success.”