Like many of our students, Micah Ashby struggled to find his career calling at first. Working in the aerospace/defense industry for 12 years, Micah was ready for a change, but wasn’t quite sure what he wanted to do. After considering his options—and a chance encounter at work—one day it just hit him. Flash forward a few years and now, Micah is graduating from Waldorf this May with a B.A.S. in occupational safety and health.
“As I was walking through my place of work, I passed our safety engineer’s office and I thought ‘well there is a career I could get into,’” said Micah. “I have been around safety at every job I’ve held in the past 12 years and especially during my time serving in the U.S. Navy. That was my shining ‘aha’ moment.”
No stranger to college, Micah first enrolled in a traditional brick-and-mortar school after serving five years as an aircraft mechanic for the U.S. Navy. A few years later, he and his wife Vivian moved from Texas to Richmond Hill, Georgia, where they are raising their two children, Jasmin, 15, and Avery, 3 ½.
“My motivation has simply been my children and my wife. To finish my degree would show my kids the power of earning a college education and that it can be done while working a full-time job,” he said. “My goal now is to earn my OHST (occupational health and safety technologist) license through the BCSP. I applied last week and received my eligibility letter to sit for the exam yesterday. My goal is to finish that and once I transfer to begin my new career in safety I will enroll in a master’s program to study environmental studies,” said Micah.
Vivian, also a Waldorf student, is currently on her fifth term and is working to complete her B.A.S. in psychology with a concentration in occupational safety and health. With two Warriors in the household, both Micah and Vivian used this opportunity to help each other grow personally and professionally.
“We took a few classes together and found that it was great to have someone to assist with the homework questions and to hold each other accountable,” said Micah. “Personally, I would like to see my wife victorious in earning her degree and to have the dream career she has always wanted,” he said.
Among his roles as a husband, father of two, student and full-time employee, Micah is jet setting into a growing career and slowing down only to enjoy the little things in life, like re-building his 1971 Chevrolet Nova.