Mick Munoz served in the United States Marine Corps from 1988-1992 as an aircraft carrier Marine Security Guard and infantry squad leader, including deployments in the Persian Gulf during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He enrolled at Cuyahoga Community College once he returned home because it allowed him to take classes while working full-time. “I worked during the day and attended classes at night,” he said. “Tri-C gave me the flexibility to schedule classes at times that fit my schedule, and my credits then easily transferred to Baldwin Wallace College.” Munoz had struggled academically in high school, but found the assistance he needed to succeed at Tri-C. “I worked with tutors and my professors to learn how to be a good student and get the most out of my education.”
After earning an Associate of Arts degree from Tri-C in 1996, he transferred to Baldwin Wallace College and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion. During his career, Munoz has worked with children in group homes, youth who aged out of foster care, and helped people returning home from prison. He now works for the Tri-C Veterans Initiative as a case manager and information specialist for student veterans. “I assist veterans and their families with the reintegration and college enrollment process, review progress towards goals, provide referrals to on-campus and community based partners, and collaborate with the program’s executive director to develop, integrate and deliver college and community resources specifically for veteran students and their families,” he said.
Munoz encourages other veterans to consider enrolling at Cuyahoga Community College. “Tri-C offers flexible class scheduling, has many convenient locations, the lowest tuition in the area, and,” he said, “offers a comfortable setting for non-traditional students.”