Veteran Alex Grimm Finds Success Continuing at Simpson

Alex Grimm has a long and successful history serving our country in the Iowa Army National Guard and the Army Reserve. So it only makes sense that to continue that success in the next phase of his life, he chose Simpson College.

Grimm is working on a computer information systems (CIS) and business management double major and is on track to graduate in December 2017. The degree combination made sense to him after working in industry.

“I had originally started at Simpson College as a management major, but over the last few years I had noticed a growing trend in the business and IT communities,” Grimm said.

“While they are both incredibly smart groups of people, they don’t speak the same language,” he said. “Often the business side doesn’t quite understand how their systems run underneath the portion that they interact with, and the information technology side may not get enough exposure to the rest of the business to fully grasp their needs. This creates a gap that needs to be filled by someone that can talk both languages to help the company perform more efficiently and effectively towards their goals.”

Grimm saw this disconnect in the company he was working for after taking his first few computer classes. He took the opportunity to add the CIS major in order to put himself in a position to someday help translate those needs.

“Having both majors will provide a wide spectrum of understanding in these fields, and more career opportunities in both,” Grimm said.

Grimm’s military service started in 2004 when he enlisted in the Iowa Army National Guard as an infantry soldier. He was deployed for 22 months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2011, he joined the Army Reserve and served for a year before having to leave due to his job’s travel demands.

“I still miss it so I like to help and chat with fellow veterans whenever I can,” he said.

Grimm hopes that his experience can help other veterans understand the value of pursuing a degree.

“For me, choosing Simpson came down to a few key points,” Grimm said. “First, Simpson is well known and greatly respected in the community.”

Grimm also appreciates that many evening professors at Simpson work full-time in the field in which they are teaching.

“This just brings a whole new perspective on the material by providing much more than just academic theory: you get real-world experience,” Grimm said.

He also credits the Employer Tuition Reimbursement Deferral Program as a real motivator to getting a degree.

“If anyone is thinking about going back to college and are offered tuition reimbursement through their employer, there really isn’t any reason not to take advantage of that,” Grimm said.

But maybe closest to Grimm’s heart is the fact that there are people at Simpson that care about him as a person and understand what it means to be a veteran going back to school.

“The staff at Simpson College has been incredibly helpful and knowledgeable on my options and opportunities with the GI Bill,” he said.

“But more than that, I have always felt like I was part of the Simpson community, and I take pride in seeing the growing number of veterans pursuing a higher education as well as choosing this veteran friendly college.”

Sounds like success to us!