SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 14, 2019 — Two military veteran students from UEI College in Stockton shared their stories at the Joint Oversight Hearing for Protecting the GI Bill for California Veterans, which took place on May 7, 2019 at the State Capitol in Sacramento.
Larry Goerzen and Gary Plaster, two military veteran students enrolled in the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning program at UEI College in Stockton, spoke during the Public Comments period at the conclusion of the hearing.
A Navy veteran who served from 2000 – 2010, Larry Goerzen described his experience to the assembly:
“After coming home in 2010… my education in the military didn’t transfer over… I felt lost. This trade school has given me an opportunity to get back on my feet, to supply for my family.”
On the possibility of changes to the GI Bill, Goerzen continues:
“I don’t think we should be restricted on where we can go to school or how we go to school. I think that’s a right that we’ve earned, to choose where we go to school and how we go to school… Without UEI, I wouldn’t be where I’m at right now.”
Gary Plaster, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years, also shared his story:
“Attending UEI definitely changed my life… I have goals and I have a career path now. Getting out of the military, I was having a hard time transitioning due to the fact that a lot of my experience was not transferring over the to the civilian sector … I’m really appreciative of the UEI Program.”
Giving students the opportunity to choose where to go to school and what to study are rights our Veterans have earned for their service. Let’s give our Veterans the right to choose.
About International Education Corporation:
Headquartered in Irvine, California, International Education Corporation is a premier national provider of short-term postsecondary career education offering programs in high-demand verticals such as healthcare, business, technology, transportation, criminal justice and trades. IEC is the parent company of UEI College, United Education Institute, Florida Career College and US Colleges. With campuses in California, Arizona, Georgia, Florida and Texas, we provide hands-on career training in as few as 10 months for most programs since 1982.