Peter Woodruff
Age: 42
Hometown: Originally from Flint, Mich., but currently a resident of Marinette
High school attended: Swartz Creek High School, Class of 1993
Current program or major: Associate of Arts & Science degree.
Peter Woodruff Age: 42 Hometown: Originally from Flint, Mich., but currently a resident of Marinette High school attended: Swartz Creek High School, Class of 1993 Current program or major: Associate of Arts & Science degree.

Why did you choose UW-Marinette?
I have participated in many different education programs over the years. While in the military, I was interested in Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. For the past two years, I have been working at Enstrom Helicopter Corp. in Menominee. Enrolling at UW-Marinette offered me the ability to continue in my education close to home at a credited college that didn’t emphasize a technical education.
What surprised you the most about UW-Marinette when you arrived on campus?
The biggest surprise for me was how easy it was for admission, credit transfer and the accommodating staff.
Why did you choose your program/major?
I chose the associate degree as a starting point. As I progress in my educational journey, I will make other educational choices that will make me more valuable in my profession.
What are you learning about your career field that you find interesting or rewarding?
I am currently interested in aviation and all things that pertains to flight. Although, I do not have any classes this semester that support my career interest, I am taking two courses that I am enjoying: History of Rock ‘N’ Roll and the Geography of Wisconsin. These classes have expanded my critical thinking.
In addition to being a college student, what takes up your free time?
Actually, I believe I have four jobs. At work, I am the lead-man for the Quality Assurance Department. I also serve as president of our union, Local 2183. At home, I am a husband to a wonderful wife who completely supports me, and I am a father of two teenage daughters.
Who has been your favorite professor or staff member?
I really think Pam Olson, who works in the campus Solution Center, is great at her job and a real professional. Cynthia Bailey, campus administrator, was so helpful in making sure I was enrolled and placed in my current schedule. And professor Tonya Meisner reflects the best qualities of a teacher; she is attentive to my educational goals and ensures that I reach them.
What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UW-Marinette students?
Never quit. The more education you obtain will make you more valuable to an employer. I have seen the results of being stagnant in life, and I am certain you will want more for yourself and for those you love.