Student and Alumni Success
John Galliano is a University of Fairfax graduate, a veteran, and now the program director for cybersecurity technology at University of Maryland Global Campus. Before attending University of Fairfax, John attained his master’s degree in information systems and worked in the federal sector in Honolulu, Hawaii.
As an airman deployed in the Gulf during Desert Storm, he saw that a university offered classes to deployed service members, inspiring him to pursue a career in education. “When you have an opportunity to give back, I think it has a strong pull, and so that kind of progressed along in my career.”
He, later, became an adjunct professor while deployed in Korea and he realized that he wanted to go further. “A strong motivator for me was the knowledge that, in higher education, I needed to have a terminal degree.” He researched schools online, talked to his longtime trusted contacts, and found that University of Fairfax was the right fit for him.
John found importance in finding a school that was military friendly. He received the Blue Ribbon Grant twice and utilized other military benefits that University of Fairfax had to offer. “It wasn’t just lip service… [they] made me feel like these were people that I could relate to.” John said that, even through a minor scheduling issue, “[University of Fairfax] was right there and provided me with [a grant] that was more than adequate to cover that additional time in terms of tuition. They were just fantastic about that.”
A couple years after graduating from University of Fairfax, John had the opportunity to become the program director for cybersecurity technology in DC. “Because I had leaned forward and the University of Fairfax was there for me and provided me that great opportunity, I was able to capitalize on it.”
The University of Fairfax doctorate program in Cybersecurity is exceeding my expectations. As a retired Air Force veteran and someone who has been working in security over 35 years, getting my master’s in cybersecurity was a completion of a long career and educational goal I completed before coming to UoF, however, getting a doctorate was also a long-time goal I never considered possible until coming across the University of Fairfax program. This will help reach my final goal of teaching classes one day to help shape future cybersecurity practitioners.
I researched all the schools that offered on-line programs over several months looking for the right fit for my work and home life. I searched for a program that was challenging, rewarding, and aligned with my professional goal and personal life commitments, UoF met the requirements.
The classes, professors, enrollment staff, and counselors have been outstanding in every aspect and all have exceeded my expectations. I spend several hours each day studying in evenings and about 30 hours on weekends as well and have also found the content is relevant to my job and the corporate America. The on-line face-to-face meetings work well being able to see your professor and classmates providing an experience as if being in the classroom.
Dr. Claude L. Jenkins II currently serves as a Computer Science and Technology professional with the US Army Communications and Electronics Command, Software Engineer Center (CECOM SEC).
My journey started with the university of Fairfax back in 2006; I deployed in that particular month, and was able to continue to pursue my studies, he described. There are so many people within the University of Fairfax that I’d like to thank.
-Dr. Claude L. Jenkins II