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Muniz Delves into Education After Military

Sunday, May 18, 2014
By Eladio Jaimez

MunizAfter graduating from Lubbock High School in 2008, Jose Muniz had his future planned out.

Following his junior year, Muniz went through basic training with the Texas Army National Guard. By the time he graduated high school the next year, Muniz went through job training in the summer and was deployed to Iraq by November 2008.

Muniz served in the Middle East from 2008-09 as a human resources specialist. But he knew that upon his return to Texas, he was going to go to college.

"I researched schools here in Texas and I really liked what TSTC had to offer," Muniz said. "I looked into it and soon enough I applied and registered for my first semester.

Muniz first enrolled at TSTC in 2011 and earlier this month he graduated with his Academic Core Certificate of Completion. He's now a semester away from earning an Associates of Science in Biology and another certificate in Foundations of Health Professions.

Muniz has continued to attend school online or during the evening while working full time at the college for Career Services. Muniz started as a work study but last summer was hired as the full-time Administrative Assistant.

Muniz, the fifth-oldest of seven siblings, is the first one in his immediate and extended family to graduate from college.

"I was the first one," Muniz said. "From my brothers and sisters to my aunts, uncles and cousins. I was the first one to get it done."

But it didn't come without struggle and hard work, Muniz said.

"I worked 8 (a.m.) to 5 (p.m.) then I'd go to class from 5:30 to 8 Monday through Thursday," Muniz said. "I also took some classes online. So I didn't have time to go to the beach on weekends or do much socializing. I was committed to finishing as soon as possible."

Muniz said he was able to stay disciplined in his school work because of his military background.

"You have to be alert and ready 24-7," Muniz said. "You can't be lazy and you have to learn time management. You have to be very dedicated to take on school and a fulltime job and I knew that going in. I had a lot of support from my coworkers and they motivated me every day."

Muniz hopes to continue his education in the field of science earning bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Texas-Brownsville and continue to work for Career Service s.

"I want to spend my career here at TSTC," Muniz said. "This place means everything to me. It's given me an opportunity to get an education and I want to come back here and teach. I'd love to stay here and move up the ladder and maybe become a VP for Student Learning or some kind of administrator one day."

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