by Neree Aron-Sando
In 2010, what Alex Bruckner needed was a little flexibility.
That year, the 25-year-old Eagleville resident had just been discharged from the U.S. Army after two tours of duty. He was enrolled in the Montgomery County Police Academy where he was assigned the rank of lieutenant (class leader). He was hired as a full-time police officer, and he got married.
“I’ve had a lot on my plate,” Brucker said.
“I chose Montgomery County Community College mainly because of its convenience since I live in the area,” he said. “I attended classes at the Blue Bell campus as well as the Pottstown campus and found the class schedule to be extremely flexible for the ‘working student.’”
Bruckner graduated in May from Montgomery County Community College’s Criminal Justice program.
Bruckner benefitted from the Post-9/11 GI Bill, but would have considered Montgomery County Community College a bargain without it.
“I would say that $300 to $400 for a college class is very affordable, and if the GI Bill was not available, MCCC still would have been my first choice,” he said.
After serving two tours in Iraq in a unit tasked with addressing IEDs (improvised explosive devices), he enrolled in the Criminal Justice Program at MCCC.
“The main objective for my unit was to clear the roads of IEDs. We would travel the roads in an attempt to spot the IEDs before they exploded on us,” said Bruckner. “Once we found the IED, we would execute a controlled detonation to neutralize the bomb so no one got hurt. I am very proud of the men I served with and the selfless sacrifices they have made.”
After living history, Brucker enjoyed studying it.
“I would say the most important experience I had at the college was being a student of Professor James Robertson and Dr. [Daniel] Rolph who were very knowledgeable history teachers,” Bruckner said.
“Professor Robertson was very quirky and presented history in a fun way that kept it interesting. Dr. Rolph was extremely knowledgeable as he works at the historical society and has spent much of his life studying history. Both men did a great job of presenting the facts of history and avoided the liberal slant that seems to plague many universities across America.”
With his career as a Montgomery County police officer already under way, he’s not sure if additional education is in the cards.
“One thing that I have realized in our current economic state is that just having a degree doesn’t pay the bills or get you a job. You need to be creative and motivated to pave your own way instead of relying on a piece of paper to do it for you,” he shared.