Meet Student Veteran Tyler Winowiecki

“MCU provides veterans with the tools necessary to be successful with not just their education, but with their transition into the civilian world.” – Tyler M. Winowiecki

Winowiecki in military uniform

Tyler M. Winowiecki is currently a Junior transfer student veteran who is majoring in Business and is also on track for the MBA program at MCU.

Tyler served 6 years in the U.S. Army as a Specialist stationed as a Mechanic at Yongsan Garrison in Seoul, South Korea. After Korea, he and his family were stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) near Tacoma, WA. While at JBLM, Tyler served as a Scout in Infantry Reconnaissance and deployed to Afghanistan for 10 months (2012-2013).

As a non-traditional student who is married with two small children, Tyler appreciates that MCU staff and faculty are sensitive and understanding about the unique challenges that student veterans face. Tyler shares, in his own words, why MCU is a great place for veterans to earn their degree:

Briefly describe why, as a veteran, you chose to attend MCU? What was it about the university that drew you in?

I chose to attend MCU because it was one of the only 4-year universities in the area that has rolling enrollment, so it was never too late for me to apply. MCU also has a 5-year MBA program and smaller class sizes.

President and TylerBriefly describe your experience at MCU.

My experience at MCU is similar to what I think you find at any college, but on a much smaller scale. The professors have been very accommodating and helpful when I’ve reached out with issues. Our faculty and staff allow for students to engage in networking with community employers. I have no doubt about my ability to gain an internship or to obtain employment with the connections established at MCU.

Why do you feel MCU is a good fit for veterans? (size, location, 1:1 support, resources, services, etc.) How did the previously mentioned qualities impact your experience at MCU?

MCU is a good fit for veterans because of the smaller class sizes and one on one support. I feel many veterans just become numbers when they often need support while attending college. However, MCU has student vets that support one another while attending, and an accommodating faculty for when veterans have personal issues affecting their work.

What type of support did you receive as a student veteran specifically?

The MCU Student Veterans Center and the Student Veterans Organization are some of the ways the school supports its veterans. MCU provides us with a space where we can speak freely with other vets without worrying about offending those around us. The culture of the military is not necessarily always understood by civilians, so it’s good to know there is a place on campus where someone else can relate to the challenges faced by a veteran student. The school also organized a social event for us to connect off-campus in a fun setting.

What type of programs/opportunities/services are geared toward student vets that you feel are beneficial?

The staff at the Internship & Career Planning Office know the ins and outs of the military world. This made writing a resume that thoroughly translates military skills into civilian ones much easier. There are workshops which prepare us for Veteran Job Fairs in the local community and info sessions on-campus where we can connect with employers who want to hire veterans. The school also provides us with funding to host our own programs and events like a fundraising drive to send care-packages to deployed military personnel.

Did you feel you are receiving the support necessary for you to be a successful student?

MCU has one hundred percent provided me with all the tools I need to be a successful student.