Veteran Profile: Meet Eric Trusty - Benjamin Franklin Institute Of Technology

Veteran Spotlight: Meet Eric Trusty

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Q. Where is your hometown?
A. I was born and raised in a small town called Huntingburg, Indiana.

Q. Which branch of the military did you serve in?
A. I served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 4 years right out of high school.

Q. Where were you stationed and what was your role?
A. After boot camp, I was stationed on Lake Huron, Michigan, and then Boston. I served on the Aids to Navigation Unit, repairing and maintaining aids in the water, such as lighthouses, which help mariners navigate safely.

Q. What is your major at BFIT?
A. I’m pursuing an Associate Degree in Electrical Technology.

Q. Why did you choose BFIT?
A. What stood out for me is the small learning environment. People here genuinely care about you and are excited to help you. The job market is getting more and more competitive, so I feel that having a college education, along with the technical training, will give me an advantage. Here, they provide a comprehensive education, which helps you to become a well-rounded individual.

Q. What are your career goals?
A. I want to be a master electrician, then work for a contracting company or start my own contracting company.

Q. Why did you choose Electrical Technology?
A. It’s a very hands-on trade, but not just a hands-on trade, it also allows you to use your mind, think and troubleshoot. It’s very interactive. Before I went into the coast guard, I had no interest in the electrical trade. But, when I was in the Coast Guard, I helped work on electrical systems on light houses. Now, I use all the tools I love to use, and use critical thinking to get the job done.

Q. Has BFIT been an affordable option for you?
A. Absolutely. I'm actually getting paid to go to BFIT. I get the housing allowance that the GI Bill gives you, which is very high for Boston. The GI Bill, the Pell grants, plus scholarships from the college, enable me to focus on my studies. It’s been a huge blessing to live close to the college, and know that my family is being taken care.

Q. Do you have any interesting hobbies?
A. I love music and playing the guitar and drums. At my local church, I play for the worship band. I’m also really into everything about bicycles – riding them and repairing them.