"The Army’s tuition assistance makes it affordable. The classes are taught here on Fort Wainwright and are easy access for me."

"I am a Christian and appreciate the positive Christian teaching environment. I know I am getting a good, quality, accredited education that I can use should I decide to continue my education after retirement.”

Bill Carmichael, Business major
Master Sergeant, US Army (Fairbanks)


“The experience at Wayland helped me make my main dream a reality by having the correct courses of study that I needed to achieve my dream,” he said. “Wayland also helped by being adaptable to the military way of life to support me as a military student, like being understanding when I deployed, being flexible when I had a TDY or military exercise commitment that I couldn't break.”

“(The degree) has given me a sense of achievement that I'd never known. To be a college graduate in itself proved to me that I was smart enough and patient and persistent enough to be successful. It also encouraged me to go for my master’s degree,” he said.
“My Wayland experience has helped me be a better manager, a better student, and along the theme of a Christian college, to have a better relationship with God, my family, and my friends.”

Rich Piech, operations manager, Golden Valley Electric Association
Fairbanks, Alaska BAS 2003, MAM 2006


“I would have attended WBU just because it was the fulfillment of a dream, but the flexibility of the classes, the instructors and the on-site counselor (Maxine Bernhardt) made the experience that much better.”

“Through fulfilling my dream, my earning potential and potential for increased advancement in the military increased,” he said. “My wife and I treasure our marriage and family above anything else. We know the life of a military family isn’t easy, and it gets tougher as the War on Terrorism continues. Fulfilling my dream has meant that my wife and I can fulfill the dream we have for our family by allowing her to stay home with our three children.”
“The opportunity provided by WBU has also allowed me to share my story with the soldiers I have lead and come in contact with daily. I get a tremendous amount of satisfaction from seeing the glimmer in a soldier’s eye when they see my degree hanging on my wall and realize that they don’t have to wait to pursue their dream. Universities like WBU have met a need for our military, and they are daily helping men and women realize their dreams.”

Kevin McPherson, BSOE 1994, Fairbanks
Sergeant, U.S. Army