Joel Merrick, of Grimes, graduated from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City with a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity and information security.
Merrick attended the graduation ceremony of the nonprofit university completely online in mid-February.
During his time working as a security guard for a large financial services company, Merrick was attracted to the idea of pursuing a career in information technology security services. After spending time researching possible career paths in this area, he decided to work to return to study to make this dream come true.
Merrick enrolled at the WGU as an IT security specialist after passing the CompTIA A + exams. Two years after the start of his degree program, he changed the path to graduating with a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity and information assurance when the new diploma was launched.