Student & Alumni Testimonials

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Stacie L Hepler

“I am a retired United States, Army Major. I had very little previous experience with SAP, we were introduced to it during my master’s in supply chain management course. SMLA’s SAP Veterans to Work program was a blessing to me! It gave me direction after 20 years in the Army. I heard about TCS through the SAP Veterans to Work program and they set the interview up for me. The SAP Veterans to Work Program provided me with tools and resources to start applying for civilian jobs with confidence. They provided guidance, mentorship, and direction. I am forever grateful for this program and how it has helped me start my civilian career.”

SAP Business Consultant, Tata Consulting Services (TCS)

William Dickinson

“I transitioned out of the United States Army as a Sergeant with no prior SAP experience. When I heard about SMLA’s SAP Veterans to Work educational opportunity, I felt it was out of my current experience. I did some research and found a franchise that has a known record of success and networked with prior owners to take ownership. SAP has assisted me in seeing how automation of business processes can save the company time, money, and labor that can be used elsewhere.”

Franchise Owner, Board and Brush, Louisville KY

Darrell Williams

US Army 1SG/E-8, Retired

"My previous experience with SAP was limited to the systems I used in the Army.

While attending the SAP Veterans to Work program with SMLA, I was able to learn and gain my certification in SAP TS410 with my peers and learn key skills to apply during my transition from military to civilian life.

I learned more about the job opportunities with Deloitte from the LinkedIn jobs site. The SAP Veterans to Work program with SMLA refined my skills in resume preparation, marketing myself through LinkedIn, interview preparation, and job search techniques."

Solutions Analyst, Deloitte

Neville Oyango

“St. Michael’s Learning Academy (SMLA) was very instrumental to me as a transitioning Army Officer. I enrolled into the SAP ERP program whereby I learned a great deal about business in the corporate world and the automation of processes surrounding it... I was able to secure a role as a Risk & Compliance Manager (Information Security) with the company and within just one month I’m already traveling overseas doing BIG things for the organization and the clients that we support."


Kevin Wattawa

“Thanks to the certification and the contacts I made through the program, I was able to secure a job that allowed me to not just be able to afford food and rent but be able to save for retirement. This program was a major turn-around point in my life. For that I am grateful to the SAP Veteran to Work program.”

Accenture Federal

Andrew Womack

“The SAP certification was key in my marketability. Being a veteran with a certification is what made me a viable candidate for my current job. Indeed, SMLA gave me the tools to find not just a job but a career.”

Accenture Federal

Maria Kong

“The SAP certification program gave me the knowledge to set me apart from my peers as well as highlight the demand for my skill set.”

Westpoint Graduate

Donald R. Wright

"I am currently employed with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). I attended the SAP course at Fort Bliss back in January 2022.

I am so thankful for the knowledge and skills that were afforded to me through the class. It was because of the SAP course that I landed my job and started my new career outside of the military.

My proudest moment is that I will be able to give back to the SAP community by recruiting for my company."

US Army Veteran

Joel Detamore

"I attended the SAP course at the Fort Hood location.

It wasn’t difficult, but it was a lot of information in a 10-week period I was still able to find a full-time career opportunity while still in the course.

I had about 15-20 interviews with other companies, and I had six with my current employer before accepting.

I am dealing mainly with Inventory Management in SAP. I also work in the Business Object Reports Launchpad.

The course can seem very daunting to those who have never been through a “serious course” such as the SAP one. As long as you stay organized and practice time management, you will be fine. Take advantage of group studying!

Also, take advantage of the interview and resume help that is offered. Ask LOTS of questions of the instructors, not even just SAP related, but about the civilian sector in general. We had an outside briefing from a gentleman from Decisions. We connected via LinkedIn, and he reached out to me to go over a presentation he was working on pertaining to Supply Chain Management, as I am now a Supply Chain Consultant.

I was able to provide valuable feedback on the direction he was wanting to take on his presentation. It all was made possible because of the SAP course. Though it wasn’t necessarily SAP-related, it was the connection that came through the course."

US Army Veteran

Douglas Schuurman

"I found out about the SAP Veterans to Work Program through the SFL-TAP office at Ft. Bliss.

The instructors for my cohort took what should have been a difficult class and made it simple and easy to understand. They were able to do this during the pandemic and moved to a remote learning environment.

I was able to find full-time employment before my terminal leave ended. Allowing me to step out of one career and right into another.

I participated in about 5 different interviews. Which lead me to my current role: Student Life Cycle Management Associate Consultant.

Transitioning out of the service is never easy. Thanks to my instructors, and the staff from SMLA the transition never once felt that way. During my time at SMLA they helped with building my resume, prepping for interviews, and understanding challenges with the transition out of the service. While also teaching and preparing me for a certification that opened more doors than I thought would be available to me. Even now almost a year later I can reach out to any of them for advice or help. I’ve never seen a door that is as wide open as SMLA’s. Thank you for an awesome experience and all the help and guidance!"

US Army Veteran

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