Like a diamond, the beauty & brilliance of every student is magnificent! -Team A+

"Students are not adultsThey need help with time management, study skills, prioritizing tasks, social skills, character development, etc.   Instead of assuming immaturity or irresponsibility, assume they need help." - Brad Weinstein

MENTORING 101

Mentoring is a development strategy that is used to help a child navigate a successful path from childhood to adulthood.   A caring and supportive individual works with a child to build a relationship by sharing knowledge and experience and offering advice, guidance, and encouragement to cultivate positive and healthy development 

(Auzine & Singh, 2019). 

Mentoring is such a powerful force for bringing out the best in people,

so they can be their personal and professional best. - Adriene R. Walker


MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

Team A+

We love helping you succeed!

Tijuana M. Odom, MA/MSW

USAF Veteran

Educational Consulting &

Counseling Services

As a seasoned Guidance Counselor & Educator, I can help you select academic courses & programs that align with school requirements & your skills and interests.  I will provide counseling, writing reviews, and coach & mentor you for academic success.   Contact me to crush goals & achieve dreams!

[email protected]

Janine M. Edwards, BA/MBA

USAF Veteran

Test Taking Strategies & 

Tutoring Services

As an Educator who is a skilled Test Psychologist, I can help you overcome test anxiety and learn test taking strategies to improve your test scores.   Additionally, I will find the right tutor for you.  Don't stay stuck! Contact me, so I can teach you how to ace tests and score high on school assignments.

j[email protected]

Adriene R. Walker, MA/MSM

USAF Veteran

College & 

Career Track

As an Academic Advisor & Career Counselor, I can help you with College & Military opportunities and inform you about the qualifications for entry. Additionally, I will coordinate Base/Post tours, so you can have a tangible experience of the Military lifestyle.

Contact me for winning resumes/A+ papers!

[email protected]


PLEASE CHECK OUT THE AWESOME COLLEGE & CAREER SUCCESS RESOURCES (BOOKS, STUDY GUIDES,  PUBLICATIONS & HELPFUL TIPS) AT THE END OF THIS PAGE.   THEY WILL HELP YOU SUCCEED!   🤩


LINNITA HOSTEN

AWARD-WINNING SPEAKER & STUDENT SUCCESS STRATEGIST

"Helping Students Identify & Go After Their Dream Career" 


Meet Linnita Hosten, MS/BS, The Dream Career Academy, Founder/CEO  https://www.linnitahosten.com/about/



 PLAN      PREPARE      PRACTICE

Renika Atkins, LMSW, BS, Founder/Executive Director RISE


CAREER TIPS PRESENTATION

JOHN NERAL, MA/CPC  

The All-Star Certified Professional Coach Who Energetically 

Shows Up & Greatly Motivates You To Champion Career Success

John Neral Coaching LLC 


Meet John Neral, MA/CPC: Self-Help Author, "SHOW UP" (#SHOWUP6Strategies), Nationally-Recognized Keynote Speaker, Executive & Career Transition Coach, and Professional Development Consultant.  As a former Teacher, Mr. Neral is a tremendous resource to students!  He understands where there they are & where they hope to be after high school.  Mr. Neral attentively listens to his clients, so they can work as a harmonious Team to achieve the clients' goals for success.  His great sincerity & commitment are the keys that open the doors to career opportunities that blossom into career success.   John Neral makes career success possible!    Learn more: https://johnneral.com/


CAREER OPPORTUNITIES


THE CULINARY ARTS CAREER PRESENTATION

Executive Chef Sonya Dorsey

Saucy Sonya's Spices & Sauces

Meet Executive Chef Sonya Dorsey, BA, BS: Chef Dorsey is a Woman of God, Servant Leader, Wife, Businesswoman, and Executive Chef.  She is a proud distinguished graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts (Bachelor of Arts degree in Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef) in Dallas, TX.  Chef Dorsey also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology (Honor Graduate) from Hampton, University.   As such, she has the knowledge of how the body works and what foods are required for optimum performance.    Healthy food is her specialty!    She was inspired to learn healthy cooking techniques because many members of her family suffer from obesity and health issues.   In Chef Dorsey's words: "My husband and I Chef Keith Dorsey own Saucy Sonya's Spices and Sauces, we provide amazing spices and seasonings, specializing in no salt, Non-GMO, No-MSG, all natural seasonings, guaranteed to make any meal delicious."


Culinary brilliance is what she does!    Chef Dorsey learned farming and butcher techniques from her beloved Granddaddy who recognized her extraordinary gifts and talents.    She started cooking at the tender age of six years old!   Her family owned several restaurants in Louisiana, so the love of all things culinary is in her blood.  Chef Dorsey's passion for the Culinary Arts profession is quite evident in the scrumptious masterpieces she creates for her customers.  "Our first ingredient in all of our products is “Love”, with love, good ingredients, hard work, and passion, we plan on taking Saucy Sonya’s to greater heights." (Chef Sonya Dorsey, 2019, VoyageDallas).   Chef Dorsey's tremendous passion for cooking will greatly inspire you to chase your dreams and become the creative genius you were born to be!


Meet Chef Sonya & Keith Dorsey of Saucy Sonya’s Spices & Sauces in Arlington, TX (Photos & Contact Info):

http://voyagedallas.com/interview/meet-sonya-dorsey-keith-dorsey-saucy-sonyas-spices-sauces-arlington/?fbclid=IwAR07evk9sLCdHOggq8VCv_DxCT6KerCt5MY0YBaLu9GgH_UfxNooQ9FrEMY



THE SOCIAL WORK CAREER PRESENTATION

RENIKA ATKINS, LMSW

"WE RISE & INSPIRE"


Renika Atkins is a licensed Social Worker (LMSW), Nonprofit Leader in Transitions, Unicorn Service Provider, and Servant Leader who is championing the fight for foster youth and alumni success.   She skillfully uses her education, experiences, and wisdom to empower foster youth and alumni to  ensure they have a real shot at success.  Her tremendous dedication to building foster youth capacity for successful outcomes is awe inspiring!   She is "THANKFUL" for the opportunity to serve foster youth and alumni!   Please pull up a chair and carefully listen as Ms. Atkins shares great insights to put your feet on paths that lead to success.   She will refresh your spirit, teach you essential skills, help you grow, and inspire you to do great things!   

 

"I always carried that inquisitive and resilient spirit that something can be done and the responses that we get from systems (colleges, social services, federal, etc.) can be improved and delivered in a more effective way that will increase the chances of success while transitioning into adulthood.  RISE was born from my experiences as a young adult navigating the college and career system.  There was always two responses to my needs as foster alumni either the professional was not very knowledgeable of resources or the resources that were made available only took care of immediate needs with no lasting impression on long term outcomes.  RISE, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, was founded in 2015 with the mission to bridge the disparity gap between the transitioning youth/young adult and their community through awareness, education, outreach, mentorship, and advocacy."  


"RISE offers services to both the professional and the client, I believe we are one of the few social services organizations that intentionally do that.  I can say that I have INTENTIONALLY made the decision to upset the status quo for youth and young adults in transition. The transitional state is where all the upset, discovery and realization happens and that’s where I intend to dwell in.  We specialize in services for youth and young adults who have a history of involvement with the child welfare system in Texas. We utilize popular concepts or opportunities to engage the youth/young adult in being connected to resources in their community through personal development, education, and career exploration."    


Please click on the link below to connect with Ms. Atkins and learn more about her story and RISE.


Meet Renika Atkins of RISE in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (Photos & Contact Info):

http://voyagedallas.com/interview/meet-renika-atkins-msw-b-s-resources-inspiring-success/


THE ENTREPRENEUR CAREER PRESENTATION

Toni "Texas T" Campbell

The House of RoyalT

On February 6, 1971, a Texas Star was born!    Her name is Toni "Texas T" Campbell.    She is the Founder & CEO of House of RoyalT in San Antonio, TX.  This Outstanding Leader is a board certified Master Cosmetologist, Celebrity Stylist, Educator, Mentor, Role Model, Businesswoman, and very decorated (numerous awards and trophies) Hair Industry Leader, Texas T is the  reigning Queen of the Hair Industry.    She puts the "T" in Texas, the "E" in Excellence, the "X" in Exceptional, the "A" in Awe-mazing, and the "S" in Star!   However, her life has not always been a fairytale.   She is a rags to riches kind of story!   Although Texas T comes from meager beginnings in the projects and doing hair in a nightgown, she is grateful for starting with nothing and working hard to create the blueprint for success in the Hair Industry.  Put simply, Texas T is the Whitney Houston of the Hair Industry---The Gold Standard!   


Texas T is the first in line for the toughest tasks!  When COVID-19 closed down businesses, she made the sweetest lemonade!  Texas T created an international hair line!  Her Royal Wigs Express is a gorgeous collection of trendy and timeless custom-made wigs that Texas T passionately designs for one Royal Queen at a time.  There is no doubt about it, TLC is all over her products and productions!  High quality, brand integrity, and  superior customer service are pillars of excellence at the House of RoyalT.   


What is most impressive about Texas T is her strong commitment to mentoring & empowering aspiring & young Stylists.  With 30 years in the Hair Industry, she is well-known for "dropping gems"  into one's bag as she eloquently teaches the "tricks & trades" of the field.  Who would have thought this little girl who was abandoned by her father & grew up with the least of things would become a Rose who cultivates other roses who lack the water, sunshine & care they need to grow & blossom.   Significantly, she grew up with the most important thing, Love, and she had the most important One on her side, God.   He created a Star!   Texas T is a Star who shines & inspires!   She will greatly motivate you to get up & go get it---Success Unlimited!


*Students, if you are interested in taking Business classes from Texas T, please have your Guidance Counselor or Campus Transition Coordinator contact Team A+ @ 210.849.1737.   

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.  If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.  Don’t settle.  As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” â€“ Steve Jobs


“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice & most of all, love of what you're doing or learning to do.”–  PelĂ©


CAREER BRIEFS


PHYSICIAN

Meet Dr. Mark Moran, M.D.: He is a Physician who is committed to delivering personalized care to help improve patients’ quality of life by providing excellence in medical and surgical care.  Dr. Moran's informative briefing and sage advice will assure you that Medical School is well worth the investment!   

NURSE

Meet Mrs. Aileen Ybarra Noll, MS: She is a Wife, Mother, Daughter, Nurse & Veteran.  She is an ER Nurse & Nursing Instructor at University of the Incarnate Word. Nurse Noll is a former Medic in the USAF & School Nurse at NISD.  Her passion for Nursing is evident in the loving-care she gives to patients! 

DENTIST

If you would like to become a Dentist, this excellent presentation by Repentino informs you how to become a Dentist.  The college courses you can expect to take include biology, anatomy, chemistry, and microbiology.  Typically, a Bachelors in Dentistry (BDS) is a four-year program plus one year of internship.

OPTOMETRIST

COMING SOON

DIETICIAN

COMING SOON

NUTRITIONIST

COMING SOON

THERAPIST

COMING SOON

PHYSICAL THERAPIST

COMING SOON

PHARMACIST

COMING SOON

VETINARIAN

COMING SOON

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Meet Captain Angela Staggers-Williams, MS, BS: She is a Woman of God, Wife, Super Step Mom, Amazing Aunt & outstanding decorated Policer Officer who bravely & honorably served her department and community for 31 years. Her detailed & dynamic briefing will tell you the requirements to become a Police Officer and what to to expect in this crucial career field.  Pull up a chair & take notes for destination success!

LAWYER

Meet Chanae L. Wood, J.D.: She is a proven performer, trailblazer & award winning Lawyer who "built up herself from high school" to be the 1st Lawyer fresh out of college to land a job at her prestigious law firm.  Ms. Wood wisely advises students to dedicate to their studies, passions & interests.  She will ignite you to work hard & excel!   Get ready for an A+ brief!

https://www.wsh-law.com/team/associate/chanae-l-wood/

ELECTRICAL ENGINEER

Meet Mrs. Elisha Brown, MS: She is a Christian Leader, Wife, Mother, Engineer, Model & Psalmist.   Mrs. Brown will encourage you to pursue your dreams by believing in yourself, overcoming challenges & staying focused on your goals.   Her inspiring story of "Persevering into Electrical Engineering" & outstanding presentation will greatly inspire you!   You can be your dream!

INDUSTRIAL ENGINEER

Purdue University has a world-class Industrial Engineering (IE) program which offers courses in Human Factors, Operations Research Education, Manufacturing, and Productions Systems Training.  There is a wide variety of career opportunities in IE. There are 200+ top companies seeking Industrial Engineers!  If you enjoy thinking logically & strategizing, IE may suit you!  

CONSULTANT

Meet Rina Han, MA, BA, Consultant, Talent & Organizational Strategist, Project Manager, Connector, and Founder of Sun Han Consulting, LLC.  She has gathered a wealth of education and experiences to produce a diverse toolkit which is invaluable to people and organizations.  Her delightful presentation with great enthusiasm will move you to make tremendous gains!

PSYCHOLOGIST

COMING SOON

GOVERNMENT SECTOR

Meet Dr. Imelda De Hoyos-Aguilar, Ph.D.: Dr. Aguilar is a Wife, Mother & Personnel Research Psychologist.  Dr. Aguilar has spent her entire career working for the USAF in Psychology & Research specialties, so she has a tremendous amount of expertise & experience to guide you in your college & career path.  Dr. Aguilar’s remarkable success story will capture your attention, hold your heart, and propel you to greatness!

NONPROFIT SECTOR

COMING SOON

PROFESSOR

Meet Dr. Beenne Anglin, Ph.D.: Dr. Anglin is a College Professor who loves teaching & learning.  Dr. Anglin was awarded the PSI CHI International Honor Society in Psychology for her commitment to academic success.   She moved to the U.S. when she was 5 years old, so she was an ESL student. Her determination to master English and succeed in college and career will greatly encourage you to dream big and achieve it!   

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Meet Dr. Samantha Michel: Dr. Michel is a Christian Leader, Mother, Children's Book Writer & Early Childhood Teacher.  Her superb presentation beams with the love that she has for children.  Dr. Michel greatly encourages you to be passionate about your career!   Website:https://msha.ke/samanthamichel/#you-tube

YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvuINQIVkg5bEVQjVKiNzsg?fbclid=IwAR3BWubcB_mxS-WavtjvKhpfDc9Uhbnn4098phjYuQHFiIo8xyLAPluAjms

PRINCIPAL

COMING SOON

TEACHER

COMING SOON

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR

COMING SOON

SCHOOL COUNSELOR

COMING SOON

ANALYST

COMING SOON

LIBRARIAN

COMING SOON

ACCOUNTANT

Meet Jeffrone Thompson, CPA, BA: Mrs. Thompson is a Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Mentor, Role Model, & veteran top Accountant.   She has developed a gold standard  presentation that will greatly inform you about Accounting principles & motivate you to consider a lucrative & rewarding career in the #1 sought after career in 2020!---ACCOUNTING!

FINANCE CAREERS

In this comprehensive & detailed presentation, you will learn the 4 main categories of finance for undergraduates. The most popular career paths are explained & simplified to help finance majors make informed decisions when it comes to choosing the category of finance that works best for your career interests.  Thank you so much Kyle from The Finance Major---Nicely done!

FLIGHT ATTENDANT

COMING SOON

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

COMING SOON

INSURANCE AGENT

Meet Mr. Steven R. Garza: He is a State Farm Insurance Agent.  Mr. Garza is very professional & knowledgeable about the Insurance industry.  He works hard to earn & keep customers by building relationships based on honesty & integrity.  Mr. Garza’s strong work ethic & motivation to win will W-O-W you! 

REALTOR

COMING SOON

JOURNALIST

Meet Mrs. Laura Sanchez - Ramirez, MA/BA: Professor Sanchez - Ramirez is an Adjunct Professor at Miami International University of Art & Design & the Executive/Business/Life Coach & Motivational Speaker at Coaching for LIFE GOALS.  Her vast experiences as a Writer, Educator & Journalist will greatly inform you about the diverse opportunities available to you!    Professor Sanchez - Ramirez: [email protected]

PHOTOGRAPHER

Meet Mrs. Daisy Enoh Avey, MBA: She is a business owner & Photographer.  Mrs. Avey’s exciting & rewarding career as an International Wedding Planner takes her worldwide to create beautiful wedding photos & treasured memories!  She skillfully captures the most meaningful moments in life.  You will learn a lot about Photography & be so inspired by her fantastic presentation!   A caeer in Photography is truly Awe-mazing!



FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (FM) CAREER BRIEF

Meet Jonathan R. Newell, MS, MBA (4.0 GPA), Lieutenant Colonel (retired), USMC:  He is a Man of God, Husband, Father, Marine, Businessman, Visionary Leader and brilliant Senior Government Executive with nearly 30 years of experience in administration & resource management.  He is passionate about students learning and school results.  This requires knowledge, critical & strategic thinking skills and actively focusing on teaching and learning.  Mr. Newell makes time to listen to students, hear their concerns and find solutions. He pours his heart into molding students of character.   As a Resource Evaluator & Analysis Officer, he is super smart on risk management, internal controls, audits and process evaluation.   As a Budget Analyst, Mr. Newell managed a $1.1 billion portfolio consisting of high-visibility programs.   His strong leadership which is grounded in integrity, accountability and transparency systematically builds organizational sustainability.  His leadership experience, service to our country and personal commitment to helping children overcome adversity are qualities that make him an outstanding mentor & role model.   Mr. Newell draws from his deep well of "strength from adversity" to help kids beat the odds to succeed in school and life.   Please listen very carefully to his exemplary detailed briefing as he shares nuggets to set you up for remarkable success.





AIRCRAFT ELECTRICIAN & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) SPECIALIST

Meet Demetrius King, BS: He is an "Award winning, solutions driven, and highly experienced IT Specialist with over 15 years of technical experience specializing in IT Support and network systems configuration."  Mr. King uses strategic cross functional collaboration for root cause identification to drive user and system efficiencies.  He currently serves as an IT Specialist with the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.  Previously, Mr. King served in the United States Air Force as an Aircraft Electrical & Environmental System Craftsman.  His top skills which are highly endorsed are networking, technical support, and system administration.  Customer service and problem solving are the crown jewels of his phenomenal career success.   Mr. King's real and informative presentation will give you the scoop on two very rewarding career fields.   Of the two, he asserts that Aircraft Electrician was his favorite because was given the opportunity to travel and meet many people all over the world---including our beloved Texas!   Yes Sir Mr. King, Texas is big!  A Texas-size 'thank-you' goes from us to you for taking the time to deliver outstanding Aircraft Electrician & IT Specialist career briefings for our students.  We thank you for your distinguished service as an Airman!





MINISTRY

"HIGHLANDS COLLEGE IS A BIBLICAL HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTION THAT EXISTS TO SUPPLY THE CHURCH WITH LEADERS OF CHARACTER AND COMPETENCE TO 

FULFILL THE GREAT COMMISSION." (https://www.highlandscollege.com/)


Please click on the following links to take you to Highlands College for more Ministry information:


Highlands College Overview: https://www.highlandscollege.com/


Highlands College Traditional Program: https://visit.highlandscollege.com/snapshot/


Highlands College Evening Program: https://visit.highlandscollege.com/eveningsnapshot/


Highlands College Preview Day: https://visit.highlandscollege.com/preview/



"WE WANT YOU TO LIVE EACH DAY WITH PURPOSE AND INTENTIONALITY, GROW SPIRITUALLY, PHYSICALLY, AND RELATIONALLY DURING YOUR TIME AT 

HIGHLANDS COLLEGE." (https://www.highlandscollege.com/)





THE SAN ANTONIO FIRE DEPARTMENT

CAREER FIELD PRESENTATION

The San Antonio Fire Department (SAFD) is recruiting the next generation of leaders!   If this exciting and rewarding career field sounds right for you, please contact you Guidance Counselor or Campus Transition Coordinator, so he or she can set up a tour of the SAFD.   In the meantime, you can learn all about our highly esteemed Fire Department by hearing the wonderful testimonies of the Outstanding Firefighters, Paramedics & Engineers who proudly serve the San Antonio community---As SAFD Chief Charles Hood fondly calls us "SAFD Family".   The SAFD is Recruiting!   Please visit the SAPD website or Facebook page to learn more about current education and training opportunities.   You will be so glad you did!   Now, sit tight & listen closely as you hear from some of the most amazing Front Line Leaders in the San Antonio community!


Citizen's Fire Academy (11 week program) gives participants insight & knowledge into SAPD operations.  

https://www.sanantonio.gov/safd?fbclid=IwAR3JVyM2yIURxn07ZxGnpuehy4llIcd03p_uEDT4tDXJCF44yjuWMYGNa7Q



FIREFIGHTERS & PARAMEDICS & ENGINEERS

FIREFIGHTER

FIREFIGHTER

FIREFIGHTER

FIREFIGHTER

MOM & FIREFIGHTER

MOM & FIREFIGHTER

MOM & FIREFIGHTER

MOM & FIREFIGHTER

PARAMEDIC

PARAMEDIC

ENGINEER

ENGINEER

MILITARY CAREER OPPORTUNITIES


THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 

Integrity   Service   Excellence


U.S. Air Force: BMT / Overview

https://www.airforce.com/education/military-training/bmt

What To Expect: Every New Choice Brings Change

https://www.airforce.com/lifestyle/what-to-expect

U.S. Air Force: Ask An Airman

https://www.airforce.com/ask-an-airman/video

U.S. Air Force Parents: The Mendez/Hernandez Family

https://www.airforce.com/watch-videos/D74g1rBhIrY

Meet U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Crew Chief

https://www.airforce.com/watch-videos/bbqi4579xag

Air Force Thunderbirds Pilot

https://www.airforce.com/watch-videos/TvLmZUo7ag4

United States Air Force Fighter Pilot

https://www.airforce.com/watch-videos/GbtEazQlR6w




AIR FORCE ROYALTY

She Never Forgot Where She Came From

Meet Helen D. Noel, CMSgt (retired) USAF, MS, BS, AS (Distinguished Graduate): Chief Noel is a Woman of God, Christian Leader, Wife, Mother, Mentor, Role Model, Published Author (7 Days in the Fire), Educator, Speaker & Presenter, and Outstanding Airman.  Although she attained the highest enlisted rank of Chief Master Sergeant and received numerous decorations and awards such as the Very Important Patriot Award  and Outstanding Family Support Individual Award, Chief Noel never forgot where she came from, her small beginnings in the outskirts of Cleveland, Ohio.  Despite being dealt severe blows such as the death of her beloved Mother and experiencing sexual trauma in her late teens, Chief Noel's tremendous faith in God was the driving force that allowed her to overcome tough challenges and do amazing things!   Her real life story of triumph in the face of adversity will greatly inspire you and encourage you to look up and not look down as you travel this journey called life.   Chief Noel tells you to Aim High because she sees a Chief in you!


Biography: CMSgt Retired Helen D. Noel 

Background Story

The God-inspired book - 7 Days in the Fire 

https://www.amazon.com/Days-Fire-Helen-D-Noel/dp/1434348482

Contact Information: [email protected]



THE UNITED STATES ARMY 

Living the Soldier's Creed



THE UNITED STATES NAVY 

Forged by the Sea

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Hong)


Navy Core Values 

Honor      Courage      Commitment


U.S. Navy Recruiting Video "This Is Not A Game”

https://www.navy.mil/Resources/Videos/videoid/765700/dvpcc/false/#DVIDSVideoPlayer765


U.S. Navy Recruiting Video "This Isn’t An Audition”

https://www.navy.mil/Resources/Videos/videoid/765701/dvpcc/false/#DVIDSVideoPlayer765


U.S. Navy Recruiting Video "Sea To Stars”

https://www.navy.mil/Resources/Videos/videoid/765702/dvpcc/false/#DVIDSVideoPlayer765


Boot Camp: Behind The Scenes at Recruit Training Command (Full documentary, 2019)

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=navy+youtube+videos&docid=608035041302675494&mid=32184EC3A395851523B432184EC3A395851523B4&view=detail&FORM=VIRE


Navy Recruit Training Command Graduation Sept. 4, 2020

https://www.navy.mil/Resources/Videos/videoid/766144/dvpcc/false/#DVIDSVideoPlayer765







CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER

She Continues To Make An Extraordinary Difference

By, Adriene R. Walker, A+ Academic Resources, 4 June 2020

INTRODUCTION

Can you swim? The best way to learn something is by having first hand experience with the thing or concept that one wants to learn.  A great way to find out what something is all about is to ask a person who has experienced the thing you what to be enlightened about. Adriene R. Walker, CEO A+ Academic Resources, worked for a Coast Guard Officer when she was a Staff Sergeant in the Air Force at Air Combat Command (ACC), ACC Quality & Management Innovation Squadron. 


Her name is Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) 4 (retired) USCG & Government Service - GS 13 (retired) Sharon D. Doggett, MBA in Information Systems, BS in Economics & Sociology.  CWO Doggett is a Woman of God, Christian Leader, Mentor, Role Model, and Outstanding Coast Guardsman. 


She served honorably and faithfully as a Coast Guard Reservist and a Government Service civilian for 30 years.  The "thought provoking" questions from the candid interview about what the career of a Coast Guardsman entails will greatly enlighten you.


1) Why did you choose a career in the Coast Guard instead of the other branches of the military?

"I went to the Air Force recruiter first and the appointment conflicted with the recruiter's schedule.  I, then, went to the Coast Guard recruiter's office which was probably next door.  Also, my brother was in the Coast Guard for four years so I was a little familiar with the Coast Guard." 


2) What was the driving factor in your decision to join as an Enlisted member?  

"I went in as an enlisted person because of the recruitment incentives at the time. There was a bonus for the Port Security field that was given to me in two or three increments.  This was the emphasis of the recruiter at that time, 1979."  


3)What was your job and how do job and base assignments happen in the Coast Guard? 

"I have the Reservist perspective, but I think that the Active Duty perspective is the same.  It is based on the needs of the Coast Guard which was to increase Port Security Personnel when I joined.  That includes foreign vessel boarding examinations, pollution prevention, and waterfront facility safety."

 

"There are qualification tests and on the job training performance levels that should be approved before being qualified to do the job and sign the official documents of the exams for these three aspects of the Port Security field listed above."  


"Reservists are placed as close to their base of choice as much as possible which is usually close to home for enlisted and where there is a billet for officers."


4) Were you passionate about the job you performed as a Coast Guardsman? 

"I would not say that I was passionate about the CG job.  I was conscientious.  I took my responsibility serious.   I did my best." 


5) How important is passion when it comes to job performance?

"Both people can do their best. One can be passionate about the job of teaching, playing basketball, bike riding, sewing face masks, etc. to do it no matter what.  The other does her best because that is her character and because she has goals to reach."


6) How does one balance working as a Coast Guardsman and Government Service Employee?

"Of course with everything, time management and focus are the keys. There was no balance for me. There were times that I focused on the CG Reserve career and other times I focused on my civilian job.  It depended on the demands of each career at the time." 


"The Reserve job was definitely more than a two day a month job. The other days of the month, I was working on qualifying exams and or promotion tests. I am very honored to have been selected as the Outstanding Chief Warrant Officer of my Warrant class in 1999.   I was the class vice president and the only female in the class."   Outstanding Achievement!


 


7) Is swimming ability overrated in the Coast Guard?

"I believe that the Coast Guard and the Navy have the same swimming standards but I am not sure.  It is best to know how to swim before entering.  I was a shallow water swimmer.  Smile.  I went to the pool and practiced swimming before boot camp even though I knew the basics of swimming. I also practiced running before boot camp."

  

"When I was in boot camp, I didn't know how to tread water.  The instructors work with you for two weeks before you are left behind to graduate with a later class.   Since I was a swimmer, it was not hard to learn to tread.  They let the beginners test near the wall of the pool.   I suppose that gave the beginners confidence.  I do not know of any graduates that were left behind due to not passing the swim test within two weeks time."


8) What are some of the challenges or obstacles you overcame in your career?

"I probably did not overcome the obstacles or challenges. This was not an obstacle because someone had to do it.  I was the fourth weekend team leader.  I worked for 17 years on the fourth weekend meaning Thanksgiving weekend every year!!!   We also had Christmas weekend.  Sometimes we would trade and work New Year's weekend instead of Christmas."   


"Additionally, this was not an obstacle but I endured driving to Wilmington, NC to drill once per month.   The drive was 5 hours one way.   I left my civilian job Friday, drove five hours, got up Saturday morning to perform drill, drilled Sunday, drove 5 hours to Norfolk, went to work Monday and performed.   I did this because Wilmington had the nearest billet for me as a warrant officer for two years.  These two things that I endured were not easy but I stayed focused on my goals and kept my responsibilities in check. These two things took tremendous commitment!" 


9) What are your lessons learned that would help students make better career decisions?

"Decide if you want to do what you like or do what will provide a nice life for you and your family to be able to do what you like. Research what your chances are of finding employment in those fields.   Research how many in those fields are living well.   If you are happy in a job that does not pay well, that is fine, just don't complain.  Research medical careers, plumbers, electricians, teaching jobs, etc.  These jobs may pay well and or provide security meaning that there is a shortage of employees."


10) Do you believe in the win or lose concept, or do you believe in the succeed or learn concept when it comes to reaching our goals?  

"I do not believe in win or lose.  There is enough wealth and success for everyone.  Succeeding and learning are the same to me.  Our goals change as we grow and learn.  We have to thank God for some of the doors that were closed. This is so difficult though."


CONCLUSION

If you can swim, you stand a good chance of doing well in the Coast Guard.  However, it takes more than swimming ability as CWO Doggett has well-informed us. Success is predicated upon staying focused, valuing time management, and doing your best work.  "I tell young people all of the time, that there is no better part time job that will give you the wonderful benefits of being a Reservist." Significantly, she adds a crucial component which secured the longevity and success of her incredible career---A desire to please God!  "As I reflect to answer these questions, all I can say is BUT GOD". 


Without God, CWO Doggett asserts that she "Never Could Have Made It".  She continues to make an extraordinary difference by being a devoted Caregiver to her beloved Mother and teaching line dancing to members of her church and community. They sing her praises and share heartfelt gratitude for "Sharon's great dedication and genuine concern" for their betterment.  Ma'am, may God abundantly bless you as you continue to serve for His glory!   





THE DETERMINATION TO SUCCEED MUST BE  

GREATER THAN THE FEAR OF DEFEAT



Major Luke Wright

"Luke Motivates"

http://lukemotivates.com/


"Your dreams come true when you start working toward your goals." - Major Luke Wright

Meet Luke Wright, Major (retired) USMC, MBA, BS: Major Wright is a Man of God, Servant Leader, Husband, Father, Mentor, Role Model, Educator, Leadership Coach, Published Author, Motivational Speaker, and Outstanding Marine.   He believes we must find a way to reach our goals & achieve our dreams.   Upon graduating from high school, Major Wright packed the family van with his clothes, video & music cassettes and some "pocket change".    He was super excited to start the next phase of his life as a college student.    Unfortunately,  Major Wright did not plan well, for his college tuition money ran out before the first semester was completed.    Did he give up on success?    Absolutely not!    He was born to be a Marine, so he went to the Marine recruiting office and the rest is history!     Major Wright is a great leader with a powerful legacy!


His amazing career is a testament of how a person can start in one place and end up doing something so remarkable!   A career in the Marines eliminated the $3,000 in college debt that he had accumulated.    Joyfully, he received tuition assistance to pay for his BS and MBA!   Most importantly, Major Wright was given the opportunity to faithfully and honorably serve our country for 22 years.   Although life has not always been a bed of roses for Major Wright, he has persevered with fortitude, grit, and determination to overcome life’s obstacles and his own shortcomings in order to achieve his goals.    He will motivate you to climb mountains each day as you stay focused and determined to succeed!    If you have an idea that is still in the garage or on the kitchen table,  Major Wright can help you get your idea on the runway and airborne before you can say Luke Motivates!     He is the catalyst who helps you win!   


The Wright Thought:


Major Wright offers the wisdom and insight he has learned through his life’s struggles, victories, and his training as a certified John Maxwell life coach—in The Wright Thought: "Don’t give in to the activity that’s always available and sacrifice the opportunity that’s rarely available!"


https://www.amazon.com/Wright-Thought-Luke/dp/1533420874/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1511030540&sr=1-1&keywords=the+wright+thought


Contact Luke TODAY at [email protected] to book him or receive a signed copy of his fantastic book!



THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

Semper Fidelis

The Corps Core Values

Honor     Courage     Commitment


The Corps Vision

 https://www.youtube.com/Marines

THE MARINE

A Story of Personal Bravery:

"Strength from Adversity"

By, Adriene R. Walker, A+ Academic Resources, 5 June 2020


Introduction

What is a Marine?  The best way to learn about a Marine is to talk to a Marine.  A Marine will share their stories of ​service and sacrifice for something far greater than self, for God and country  mean something to a Marine.  A Marine will teach you what it means to give your best or nothing at all.  Adriene R. Walker, CEO A+ Academic Resources, has talked with a man who has defied the odds to become a Marine. 

 

His name is Jonathan R. Newell, Lieutenant Colonel (retired), USMC , MS, MBA (4.0 GPA).

He is a Man of God, Christian Leader, Husband, Father, Mentor, Role Model, and Outstanding Marine.  His remarkable real life story of "Strength from Adversity" will greatly motivate you to fight when every muscle in your body says quit. 


Strength from Adversity  


“Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC)”, “Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)”, and Food Stamps.   Growing up in an impoverished household led by a single mother, I knew what all those acronyms meant because they were my family’s only sources of income.  Like too many kids, I didn’t eat every day, didn’t have electricity or running water every day, and often didn’t have adequate school supplies."


"Despite these circumstances, I was able to graduate high school with Honors and go on to earn a college scholarship.  Looking back, I now understand that my rough upbringing actually helped me.  I learned how to thrive in distress, be optimistic, have self-confidence, be strong, and trust in God." 


"Today, I’m a retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel, a senior government official, a husband, a father, and a business owner.   My achievements are because of my tough adversity, not in spite of it.  No matter your circumstances, believe in your personal excellence and know you have what it takes to succeed.  Embrace your struggle and learn from it and you will succeed."



Lt Col Newell had just started college when his Mother, his best friend, died.  He was heartbroken and devastated.   He wanted to quit college and sit in the pain of his circumstances.   His friends encouraged him, reminded him of his strengths, and emphasized his Mother's hopes for his success.  Lt Col Newell was motivated to make his Mother proud of him.  He is an incredible success!   "Proud Marine Mom" is

indelibly engraved on his Mother's heart.


He did not let a "dead beat dad", abject poverty, or the devastating death of his beloved Mother stop him from turning his excruciating pain into great success.  God gave him "beauty for ashes"!  He is very blessed with a beautiful, talented, and gifted wife who is also a Lt Col (Army) with a very impressive record of achievement. They have four delightful children who love God, education, sports, and making a positive difference in this world.

   

Conclusion

What Is a Marine? Only a Marine can answer this intriguing question. Please contact Lt Col Newell for the enriching answer.   I am quite sure he will share "dog on a nail" stories to help you gain a better understanding of life as a Marine who does not quit.  He has worked in many leadership positions and mentored numerous Marines.

  

My favorite story is the time Lt Col Newell was at a pool party with Military personnel.  An Airman who could not swim was about to drown.   Lt Col Newell dived in and saved the Airman's life.  That is what a Marine stands ready to do.  He would dive 1000 feet into the deepest waters to save a life.  


In 2018, Lt Col Newell retired from the Marines with a bulletproof record of significant Mission impact.  As the saying goes, "Once A Marine, Always A Marine". 

A Marine never quits.  A Marine is strong and courageous.   A Marine finds a way to succeed. Lt Col Newell's epic story of "Strength from Adversity" will truly inspire you to reach for greatness.    OORAH!


































ARMY STRONG

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SEMPER FI

 Please click the learn more tab to discover all the fantastic career opportunities!   A "Contact A Marine" option is provided for you to connect with a Marine to have a real conversation about what it means to be a Marine and the steps you take to become a Marine.

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Forged by the Sea

Choose your Navy journey by exploring adventurous careers at the learn more tab below!   Navy Seal Careers, Law Enforcement /Security Careers, Medical Support Careers,  Navy Diver Careers, Business Management Careers, Flight Support Careers,  Aviation Rescue Swimmer Career, and more!  "Find Your Navy Recruiter" is available by zip code on the Navy's website.

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Semper Paratus

If you have what it takes to save lives, bust drug traffickers or track and catch polluters, you're ready for a job in the Coast Guard!  The  phenomenal careers  entail protecting America's economic, national and border security.

Get the details at the learn more tab below.   District & Regional Command Center contact information is available on the Coast Guard's website.

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Guardians of the High Frontier

Explore exciting careers and find your purpose by taking a personal career assessment or selecting areas that interest you at the following website: 

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ARE YOU GOING TO SETTLE FOR A JOB OR BUILD YOUR CAREER?

BOOKS

College and Career Ready: Helping All Students Succeed Beyond High School

https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.ezproxy.liberty.edu/lib/liberty/reader.action?docID=484864

Preparing Students for College and Careers: Theory, Measurement and Educational Practice

https://www-taylorfrancis-com.ezproxy.liberty.edu/books/e/9781315621975

Choosing a Career

https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.ezproxy.liberty.edu/lib/liberty/reader.action?docID=5536166

Who Do You Think You Are?:

Three Crucial Conversations for Coaching Teens to College and Career Success

https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.ezproxy.liberty.edu/lib/liberty/detail.action?docID=5109692

Navigating the Transition from High School to College for Students with Disabilities

https://www-taylorfrancis-com.ezproxy.liberty.edu/books/9781315677767

How Computer Games Help Children Learn

https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.ezproxy.liberty.edu/lib/liberty/reader.action?docID=307863

College for Every Student: A Practitioner's Guide to Building College and Career Readiness

https://www-taylorfrancis-com.ezproxy.liberty.edu/books/e/9781315659466

I Got My Dream Job and So Can You: 7 Steps to Creating Your Ideal Career After College

https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.ezproxy.liberty.edu/lib/liberty/reader.action?docID=876799

Discovering Your Leadership Style: The Power of Chemistry, Strategy and Spirituality

https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.ezproxy.liberty.edu/lib/liberty/reader.action?docID=2009927

Mentoring is a Verb: Strategies for Improving College and Career Readiness

https://www-taylorfrancis-com.ezproxy.liberty.edu/books/9781315680699

Will This Be on the Test? : What Your Professors Really Want You to Know about Succeeding in College

https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.ezproxy.liberty.edu/lib/liberty/reader.action?docID=5722896

Women! That's How Success Works : Tips for Career and Business from Two Heads of State to a Manager with Six Children: Checklists Examples Templates

https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.ezproxy.liberty.edu/lib/liberty/reader.action?docID=5674725





STUDY GUIDES

Texas Education Agency -

College, Career & Military Prep

https://tea.texas.gov/academics/college-career-and-military-prep

ASVAB Online Study Guide

https://www.march2success.com

AFOQT Practice Tests & Study Guides

https://study.com/academy/course/afoqt-practice-study-guide.html

College Planning - Step By Step Guide

https://myfuture.com/college/planning/college-planning-timeline?gclid=CImK8JiB6ugCFWaXxQId2SAD9A&gclsrc=ds

How to Study for Standardized Tests

https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.ezproxy.liberty.edu/lib/liberty/reader.action?docID=3319301

How to Study for A Placement Test for College

https://study.com/academy/popular/how-to-study-for-a-placement-test-for-college.html

Passing Exams for Dummies

https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.ezproxy.liberty.edu/lib/liberty/reader.action?docID=1323187

Applying to Four-Year Colleges: Everything You Need to Know

http://studentcaffe.com/apply/four-year-college

Four-year action plan to prepare for college

https://www.putnam.com/literature/pdf/II959.pdf

Preparing for Community College Placement Tests

https://study.com/blog/preparing-for-community-college-placement-tests.html?src=ppc_bing_nonbrand&rcntxt=aws&crt=&kwd=college%20placement%20exams&kwid=kwd-76622256252743:loc-190&agid=1225955514952801&mt=e&device=c&network=o&msclkid=a013ced56b751c2507919043d7e54e17

10 Ways to Prepare for Your Freshman Year of College

https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/slideshows/10-ways-to-prepare-for-your-freshman-year-of-college

Use All 4 Years of High School to Prep for College 

https://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/high-school-notes/2013/09/09/use-all-4-years-of-high-school-to-prep-for-college

Handbook of Writing Research

The Study Skills Toolkit for Students with Dyslexia

http://sk.sagepub.com.ezproxy.liberty.edu/books/the-study-skills-toolkit-for-students-with-dyslexia/n1.xml

E-Mentoring Guide

https://www.mentoring.org/new-site/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/E-Mentoring-Supplement-to-EEP-1.pdf


PUBLICATIONS

San Antonio Career Center

https://www.sanantonio.gov/hr/CareerCenter

Work Your Strengths: A Scientific Process To Identify Your Skills And Match Them To The Best Career For You

https://web-b-ebscohost-com.ezproxy.liberty.edu/ehost/ebookviewer/ebook/bm[email protected]pdc-v-sessmgr03&vid=0&format=EB&rid=1

Students with Disabilities Can Soar

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/denied-a-diploma-april-dunn-made-sure-other-students-with-disabilities-had-options-she-died-of-covid-19/ar-BB12QAIA?ocid=spartandhp

Government Jobs

https://www.usajobs.gov/

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Careers Website

https://www.vacareers.va.gov/

VA - Video: Recruiters share how they can help expedite your application

https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/73365/video-recruiters-share-can-help-expedite-application/

Mentoring Impact

https://www.mentoring.org/why-mentoring/mentoring-impact/

Mentoring Stories

https://www.mentoring.org/why-mentoring/mentoring-stories/

The Power of Relationships

https://www.mentoring.org/program-resources/mentor-resources-and-publications/the-power-of-relationships/

Finding the Greatness Within: Supporting College and Career Success for Young Men of Color

https://www.mentoring.org/new-site/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Finding-the-Greatness-Within.pdf

2020 U.S. News Best Colleges

https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges

2020 Top Universities

https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings-articles/world-university-rankings/top-universities-us-2020

2020 U.S. News Best HBCUs

https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings/hbcu

2020 Top Online Accredited Colleges

https://compare.onlinecolleges.com/onlinecolleges?quad=https://o1.qnsr.com/cgi/r?;n=203;c=1657159;s=27409;x=7936;f=202008161158390;u=j;z=TIMESTAMP;&ad=77309476475237&ki=77309522962310&mt=p&sq=best%20online%20colleges%20accredited%202020&PPCIntLoc=&PPCPhysLoc=73174&webSource=Bing&rpvk=27783110&rvk=29118310&msclkid=25e3d220012110e694028cb56c3511ff

2020 Most Affordable Online Colleges & Degrees

https://www.onlineu.org/most-affordable-colleges

5 Myths about Parent Information on the FAFSA

https://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/student-loan-ranger/articles/myths-about-parent-information-on-the-fafsa?utm_source=usn_tw

Forbes lists UAB among America’s Best-in-State Employers

https://www.uab.edu/news/campus/item/11518-forbes-lists-uab-among-america-s-best-in-state-employers


HELPFUL TIPS

Liberty University Career Center Interview Tips

https://www.liberty.edu/career-services/wp-content/uploads/sites/105/2019/11/Interview_Tips.pdf

How to Ace An Interview - Job-Winning Proven Formula

https://www.interviewsuccessformula.com/how-to-ace-an-interview.php?utm_source=adcenter&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=+US&utm_content=ace&msclkid=24652294bb8d1c9ebbf97c02048fb645

3 Tips for Acing Your Virtual Interiews

https://www.forbes.com/sites/shelcyvjoseph/2020/03/28/4-tips-for-acing-your-virtual-interviews/#5868a3074530

9 Tips For Acing a Virtual Interview

https://www.boston.com/news/jobs/2014/09/03/9-tips-for-acing-a-virtual-interview

Virtual Career Fair Do's & Dont's

http://media.liberty.edu/jw/j7iio?_ga=2.240429059.1648072517.1533733694-306150144.1533215120

How to Get the Most from Resume Reviews

https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2019-news-articles/How-to-Get-the-Most-From-Resume-Reviews/

How to Write a Job-Specific Resume

https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2019-news-articles/how-to-write-a-job-specific-resume/

3 Tips to Polish Your LinkedIn Profile

https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/3-tips-to-polish-your-linkedin-profile/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=TMNsend&utm_content=OH+ATFHSRM+1+Ret+B+NC

Stay Confident During Your Job Search by Focusing on the Process, Not the Outcome

https://hbr.org/2018/04/stay-confident-during-your-job-search-by-focusing-on-the-process-not-the-outcome?referral=03759&cm_vc=rr_item_page.bottom

Are Companies Still Hiring?

https://myemail.constantcontact.com/CRC-Newsletter--2---Are-companies-still-hiring-.html?soid=1102992250720&aid=IvXODe_Reh4

The Employment Shocks Begin: How to Prepare Yourself for Uncertain Times

https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/the-employment-shocks-begin-how-to-prepare-yourself-for-uncertain-times/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=TMNsend&utm_content=OH+ATFHSRM+1+Ret+B+NC

Coronavirus Tips & Resources for Mentoring

https://www.mentoring.org/coronavirus-resources/