Alfreda Carmichael served for 10 years in the Unites States Marine Corps and now works as a vocational rehabilitation evaluator for the North Carolina State Department. She holds two undergraduate degrees from Ohio State University, in Criminal Justice and African American Studies, and a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Webster University.
In her current position, she is responsible for determining the vocational potential and abilities of persons with disabilities. She also administers, scores, and interprets an extensive variety of vocational interests, achievements, and psychological tests. Alfreda analyzes medical, psychological, socio-economic, vocational and educational information to develop formal plans tailored to each client she serves.
During her military career, Alfreda traveled the world and interacted with different cultures. Now back in the United States, she lists the high points of her career as co-authoring a chapter in a published book and writing her own journal. She adds that the most difficult challenge she’s faced was experiencing trauma during military combat.
Alfreda’s extensive community service includes positions as Chi Sigma Iota president-elect for the Argosy University, Washington, D.C. chapter. She’s also president of Montford Point Marine Association Chapter 10, a veterans’ organization. Alfreda assists children who were neglected or abused through her work with Guardian Ad Litem for Onslow County, North Carolina. She’s also a member of the American Counseling Association and is a counselor for at-risk children at St. Julia afterschool enrichment program.
Alfreda, a candidate for graduation in 2016, is working toward a Doctor of Education in Counselor Education & Supervision from Argosy University, Washington, D.C. She chose the program because two of her graduate school instructors had attended Argosy University and spoke highly of the Doctor of Education program. “Once I'd interviewed and met the staff [at Argosy University, Washington, DC], I knew this was the university for me,” she says.
Alfreda helped to pay for her education by using the GI Bill® benefits she earned while in the military. She adds that her educational experience helped her to feel more comfortable and confident about herself. “Although I am a student, the faculty make me feel comfortable to ask questions and to seek guidance. The professors expect more out of their students and provided us with real life experience.”
She recommends that veterans and active military who are planning to return to school prepare their families for a change. “[There will be] late night studying. Although you’re not deploying or going away, staying focused on your studies, like you would in a deployment, will get you through it.”
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