From Security Manager to Master Gardener: Student Completes Ecampus Program While in Afghanistan
Managing security operations by day; studying the art and science of gardening by night: apparently it's just another day in the life of a Security Manager for Iraq and Afghanistan.
Jay Addington has been working on and off as a private security contractor for CH2M Hill in the Middle East and Southwest Asia since 2004. When a co-worker informed him that he could pass time and gain knowledge by taking online classes through Oregon State Ecampus, he began exploring his options.
"I've always been interested in plant nurseries and plan to buy and operate my own someday," says Addington. He built a greenhouse for his wife in the States, which made the dream even more alluring. In the process of stocking what's become "his greenhouse," Addington says it was hard to find vendors who were truly knowledgeable about the products they sold. Thus, he saw an opportunity in the market. He discovered Ecampus' Master Gardener™ online program and enrolled, hoping it would arm him with the knowledge he needed to be a well-informed nursery owner...