BUILDING CAREERS AND COMMUNITY
There’s a story behind every resume gap. In Phillip Coffman’s case, that story involves a bout of mental health issues and a stretch of homelessness that derailed his career in systems engineering — and that saga went on so long that he ended up having trouble finding work even after his housing situation stabilized. He looked to graduate school as a way to get his career back on track, and from his apartment in downtown Denver, he found his way to Regis University. As an older student with a unique life story, his experience may have been different from most, but ultimately, he found what he was looking for.
What It Took to Get Back on Track
"When I was down, I knew that I could build myself back out of it. I didn't even drink when I was in the shelters — I like to drink, but it was like, ‘Nope, I'm just going to focus on getting out.’ Then I needed my master’s to help with the gap in my resume, so I researched it on my own, and it turned out Regis had the best cybersecurity-related program in the area."