Our students to date have been primarily Veterans from all branches of the service and entry-level Navy sailors. Fewer than 2% had any prior experience with computers or networks. Of the 300 we have worked with, few had college experience; the average age was 25, but ages ranged from late teens to mid forties. Few considered themselves good with computers or imagined having a career in IT.
Some had worked construction, driven tractors, waited tables, worked as a postal clerk, a photographer, several were accomplished artists, one was a highly-trained sushi chef. All proved to be exceptionally talented in IT, given the opportunity.
Few had good memories of their school experience, few had done well, many had tried college but found it too hard, too tedious, unfulfilling.
All found our school to be a very different experience. Most say it is the first time in their life they looked forward to going to school. All agreed that the school is very hard work—every student is challenged to their own personal limits, every day—but none would have it any other way, because every student quickly realized they were getting measurably better day by day, and all recognized they were on track to reaching the goal of being exceptional.
A few student comments capture why our school is different: