Marine Starts New Career Thanks to College Degree

MOUNT OLIVE – Twenty six year old Tyrel Garoutte of Jacksonville was deployed twice while serving four years as an infantry marine. After he left the marines and re-entered civilian life, he realized he needed an edge to be competitive in the job market. “I learned very quickly that gaining an education was the most beneficial advantage I could attain. Once I began to explore the various educational opportunities available to me, I came across University of Mount Olive at Jacksonville. The structure of the program was perfect for me.”
Garoutte enrolled in the Management and Organizational Development (MOD) program. The flexible, accelerated program allowed him to continue working while attending classes one-night-a-week. “There were other majors that looked interesting, but I felt that the MOD program would give me the tools to re-enter civilian life. The MOD program offers a wide range of subjects that give a good overall educational experience for students wanting to work in the corporate world.  I knew that was probably the best route to go.”
It was difficult for Garoutte working full time and attending classes, but his supportive wife, Rosemarie, encouraged him to finish his degree. “There were many early mornings before work, and late evenings trying to get in what reading and homework assignments I could. My wife was constantly supportive, even though it meant having less time together and even fewer date nights. My University of Mount Olive experience would not have been possible if not for her. My name may be on the degree, but she made it all come true.”
Garoutte has already accepted a new job offer thanks to the educational experience he gained at University of Mount Olive in Jacksonville. “MOC transformed my life by allowing me to open more doors than were previously available. I have recently accepted a great position with Norfolk Southern Corporation that offers a salary and benefits package superior to any expectations I had. The possibilities are limitless now.” Garoutte plans to continue furthering his education by attending graduate school. “Once my training with Norfolk Southern is complete, I will begin my master’s degree in supply chain management with the Florida Institute of Technology.”
University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville. For more information, visit