Houston Man and Kettering University Graduate Awaits Word from Peace Corps
FLINT, Mich. -- December 06, 2012
It’s not graduation, but a different goal, that will make Rory Carson of
Houston, Texas, feel like his dream has come true Saturday when Kettering
University hosts Commencement ceremonies.
Carson is among the more than 260 graduates who will be honored during
December’s graduation ceremonies at Kettering University in Flint, Mich. And
while he is proud to be taking home a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science
with data and network security concentrations, his real gift to himself is
still in the making.
“I have wanted to be in the Peace Corps since I was in high school – for
years,” Carson said. “My Dad was in the Army and I grew up traveling. I’m not
sure I’m going to like the corporate lifestyle, so before I settle into it I’d
like to do something that makes an impact and helps people.”
Carson is waiting for his formal invitation on where he will serve in the
Peace Corps. “I want to put my Computer Science degree to work on community
and economic redevelopment efforts in a post-Soviet Union country,” he said.
“I hope to build websites for the government and use my technology potential
to help,” he explained.
Carson thinks Kettering University’s professional co-op opportunities have
prepared him well. “You are on your own and have to be self motivated,” he
said. “It’s not intimidating because I’ve worked with adults since I was 18 at
my co-op job, doing professional presentations and reports at work.”
Carson’s co-op was at NOV (National Oilwell Varco) in Houston, where he worked
in IT software development.
And since Carson found out on his birthday that he had cleared the first
important hurdle – the nomination into the Peace Corps – then receiving his
invitation to serve will make an ideal graduation gift. If his Peace Corps
plans work out, Carson will leave for 27 months service in March. “It would be
a good gift – a great graduation gift,” he added.
About the Peace Corps
When Carson joins the Peace Corps, he’ll be one of the more than 8,000
volunteers and trainees currently serving in 76 countries. The average age of
a Peace Corps Volunteer today is 28 years old. Volunteers are mostly single
(93 percent) and often work in Africa (43 percent), Latin America (21 percent)
and Eastern Europe/Central Asia (15 percent). The most popular work areas are
education, health, community economic development and the environment.
Another Kettering grad who served in the Peace Corps was Robin Vacha ’98, who
http://www.kettering.edu/news/peace-corps-brings-98-grad-full-circle said that
his Peace Corps experience helped him craft a life enriched by experiences.
The early history of the Peace Corps has Michigan roots and are traced a 1960
speech by U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy on the steps of the University of
Michigan Union. He challenged students to give two years of their life to
serve their country in the cause of peace in developing nations. The
inspiration grew into a federal agency devoted to world friendship. The Peace
Corps celebrated its 50^th anniversary in 2011. More than 210,000 Peace Corps
volunteers have served in 139 host countries on issues of environmental
preservation, information technology and world health.
About Kettering University
Kettering University is anationally-ranked STEM (Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics) and Businessuniversity in Flint, Mich., and a
national leader in combining a rigorous academic environment with rich
opportunities for experiential learning and cooperative education. For more
Patricia Mroczek, 810-762-9533
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