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John Jindra

Veteran starts new career with help from MCC resources and donors

At Metropolitan Community College, there are countless resources available for students of all ages to help achieve their educational and career goals. 

MCC graduate John Jindra was able to take advantage of some of the College’s programs and resources to further his education and enter a new career field.

Jindra, an Army Reserve veteran, heard about the College’s Veterans Upward Bound through community outreach activities.  VUB is a grant-funded program that helps prepare and encourage military veterans to enter college. 

Jindra, who had previously done electrical work, wanted to become a long haul truck driver. The VUB program referred Lindra to the MCC Military/Veterans Services Office for additional assistance. The MVS office was able to enroll him in Commercial Driver’s License courses.

While in the Army Reserve, Jindra was often assigned to do long haul trucking. That’s when he discovered his love of driving big rig trucks.

“I logged more than 250,000 miles. I did a lot of driving,” he said. 

Now, Jindra wants to get back behind the wheel. MCC helped him get started.

“I decided to get my Class A CDL,” Jindra said. “I came back in October 2018 and finished up in November 2018.”

MCC Financial Aid and Military/Veterans Services office were able to help Jindra secure funding to earn his license and class certificatesthrough the MCC Foundation. He also used the College-issued Pass to Class to take the Metro bus to MCC. Without help from those departments and donors, Jindra said he would not have been able to complete his education and start a new career.

“I am thankful that there are people who are able to help,” he said. “I owe them a debt of gratitude I will never be able to repay.”

Now that he has finished his education, Jindra is eager to get on the road. It’s a blessing to be able to do what he loves for a living, he said.

“This means a lot to me because I don’t know where I would be right now without it,” Jindra said. “I can get on the road. I can do one of my passions. And I can provide a service. I get to see the best parts of this country from the best vantage point: behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler.”