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Jordan Moore, PSEOP

June 2, 2010  
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Post-Secondary Education Option Program
Springfield High School
“(Wittenberg’s educational resources) provided good experience for me for the future. At Witt, we always have access to the faculty. They want you to succeed.”

After studying at Wittenberg University through the Post-Secondary Enrollment Option Program (PSEOP), which allows Ohio’s most talented and motivated high school students to earn college credits, Jordan Moore of Springfield, Ohio, is well-prepared for the next stage of his educational career.

That next stage begins shortly after Moore graduates from Springfield High School on June 23. He is scheduled to leave Ohio this summer for the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Co., where he will begin his studies to become an aerospace engineer.

“I must have been in the sixth grade when I saw my first launch, and I knew then I wanted to be part of that,” Moore said. “People would ask me what I wanted to do when I grew up, and I would tell them – they just laughed. They didn’t believe me.”

He started taking PSEOP classes at Wittenberg during his junior year with one class each semester. His senior year he took four classes in the fall and three classes during spring semester 2010 for a total of 39 credit hours before he even graduated from high school.

The experience taught him that he needed to learn to manage time better and that it was important for him to stay on top of his work.

“In high school, I never studied to get my grades, and I really had to learn how to study. Ideas are more complex, you have to know formulas,” Moore said. “I also learned that if you need help you have to seek help. If you fail, it’s because of you.”

Moore said he never liked to get help in high school, but at Wittenberg, he had to. And he found plenty of resources available to him.

“That has provided good experience for me for the future,” he said. “At Witt, we always have access to the faculty. They want you to succeed.”

Not only was Moore accepted to the Air Force Academy, he was offered a roster spot on the Air Force baseball team. Moore has excelled on his high school baseball team and wanted to go to a college where he could continue playing.

“Mom was against my going to the academy until she learned I would be coming out an officer,” he said. “I can retire at 42 after 20 years of service.”

He will have two years to decide if he wants to make the commitment to complete his studies at the Air Force Academy or continue to his second option, possibly flight school.

Moore said he has the same good friends he’s always had. One of them is going to the Naval Academy and one to Arizona State.

He knows that the transition from civilian to military life will be a challenge, but he’s excited to go.

“I really don’t want to do basic – six to eight weeks with no cell phone, no talking to friends or family,” he said. “We may write and receive cards and letters, and I expect there will be enough work to supply distraction.

“The first three and a half weeks will be spent learning the courtesies, how to salute, make a bed, polish shoes, generally take care of things. Around labor day our families will be able to visit.”

The Air Force provides a sponsor family, chaplain and others to help the cadets through homesickness.

“No matter the culture or environment soldiers come from, they break you down so they can build you up the way they want you,” Moore said, noting that his Wittenberg experience gave him a head-start.

Wittenberg’s School of Community Education (SCE) provides PSEOP through the High School Scholars program to the Clark County community, and the college tuition fees for these courses are paid by the State of Ohio. The credits may apply as college-only credits or may be used to fulfill high school requirements.

To learn more about the program, visit the website at sce@wittenberg.edu, or call SCE at (937) 327-7012.

Written By: Phyllis Eberts
Photo By: Erin Pence

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