PDCCC Degree Helped Alumnus Reach New Heights at FAA
U.S. Army veteran William Goodman served in the Vietnam War. After leaving the military, he started working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an air traffic controller. Goodman loved his job and the profession, but wanted to grow into a supervisory role. In his mind, in order to be a qualified candidate he would need to earn a college degree. Knowing many students that were attending Paul D. Camp Community College, Goodman decided to enroll college and was admitted to PDCCC in the fall of 1973.
College life for Goodman was challenging. Being employed full time and having to fit classes around a full time work schedule proved to be difficult. But, it was not a deterrent for Goodman – he was determined to earn his degree. “I spent many nights studying late, attending day classes, leaving class early to drive 60 miles to Patrick Henry Airport Traffic Control Tower in Newport News,” Goodman says as he recalls a few of the challenges he faced.
Goodman had a team helping him throughout his educational journey at PDCCC. He says, “All of my college instructors and office staff,” were part of the keys to his success in achieving the goal of a college degree. In 1988, over 10 years after he entered PDCCC for the first time, Goodman accepted his diploma for an Associates of Arts & Sciences in General Studies degree.
When asked for advice to help others take off in their college careers, Goodman encourages students and potential students to study hard, know their capabilities, and ask for help when they need it.
Goodman retired from the FAA as a GS-12 grade, Supervisory Air Traffic Control Specialist. As he thought, his pursuit of higher education did enhance his qualifications to be in a supervisory role. Paul D. Camp Community College helped him achieve his goals and regardless of the roadblocks in his path, Goodman says the outcome was well worth the pain.
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