Central Penn College - Catchin' Up with Recent Grad Charlie Hughley

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August 14, 2019 Catchin' Up with Recent Grad Charlie Hughley

At this year’s commencement, Charlie Hughley received the Veteran Leadership Award. A distinguished member of the U. S. Navy, Hughley works as a program manager at the Defense Logistics Agency in New Cumberland.

“Charlie has been an inspiration to students and faculty while here at Central Penn, in not only words but actions as well,” said Interim Dean of Professional Studies Ben Lipschutz (shown at right with Hughley).

Originally from Atlanta, Ga., Hughley earned a bachelor’s in homeland security management as a continuing education student at Central Penn College.

We recently caught up with him via email …

What made you interested in attending Central Penn?

CH: One of my co-workers, whom I really respect, attended Central Penn. I began asking several people about Central Penn and other institutions that offered higher learning education in the area. All had very positive things to say about Central Penn. After some extensive research and visiting the campus, I decided to apply because it was close to home and it offered everything I needed to fulfill my educational goals. I knew I would be successful attending this college.

You are a homeland security management major. What led you to that major? Can you talk about your experience in that program?

CH: Homeland Security has a wide range of interesting competencies and disciplines that piqued my interest. After serving in the military and being exposed to anti-terrorist force protection profession in a very challenging environment, I was stoked to find this major at Central Penn. I also worked in corrections for 22 years and was a part of the emergency management team, which assisted the citizens of Atlanta during a crisis. September 11 happened and my naval unit deployed to Bahrain to operate an air terminal and move cargo through the Middle East.

Can you talk about your experience as a continuing ed student? What types of classes did you take?

CH: My experience at Central Penn was epic. I enjoyed taking classes on-campus and virtual. My courses ranged from Homeland Security Management and Emergency Management to Organizational Management and Emotional Intelligence, to name just a few.

What are some of your favorite experiences at Central Penn?

CH: I really enjoyed interacting with fellow students and faculty. The professors brought their real-world experience to the classroom. They encouraged and supported me. I was able to excel academically and really cherished the research and assignments for each class. Central Penn gave me a new start in life, and that’s something I really appreciate.

How would you rate Central Penn as a military-friendly institution?

CH: I would give Central Penn a five-star rating and I feel that Central Penn College has fully embraced supporting our troops.

What would tell someone who is considering coming to Central Penn?

CH: I would encourage them to visit the campus (if they are local) and even explore the virtual experience as well, and I also would say to them that either format would help them get to the next level.

What advice would you give to someone who is working full-time about starting or continuing his or her college education?

CH: Take the journey and commit to self-improvement. Working full-time and attending college is a worthwhile achievement, which is something that many dream of doing but never take the journey. I did, and I have no regrets. The best advice I could give is to take one or two classes at a time and stay focused. Stay away from the negative talk and remain positive.