J McFetridge (BA 2011) served in the U.S. Air Force for three years until he developed a disability that caused him to be discharged in 2005. As he transitioned into civilian life, his goal was to earn his bachelor's degree. However, J soon found that traditional schools could not provide him with necessary physical accommodations, causing him to quit school and put his goal on hold.
After years of searching for a school that could support him as a veteran with a disability, J finally found the BAC Program and enrolled in Fall 2010. J feels fortunate that at CIIS not only are his physical needs met, but also his "life experience is valued, not discounted." The BAC program's non-hierarchical model was a big adjustment after his years in the military, but J appreciated being treated as an equal, active participant in the educational process. He was also grateful for CIIS's Yellow Ribbon Program, which provided financial support beyond the GI Bill.
In addition, the CIIS community embraced Davis, J's support dog who accompanied him at all times, and this has in turn made J feel welcomed and supported as he worked toward his Bachelor's degree. After completing his B.A., J went on to pursue a Master of Arts degree at CIIS in the Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness program.