October 4, 2023

CSU appreciates our military family

May is Military Appreciation Month and we at CSU are very proud of our military students, veterans and active-duty.

As one of the top 10 institutions for military students, CSU is excited that we can support all military branches with our flexible online degree programs.

This week, I interviewed CSU alumnus and director of Military Outreach Karl Hoffmann.  He was a senior enlisted member of the Coast Guard who retired after 22 years of service and left without a degree.  He explained, “I fell into the trap that many senior enlisted do by getting so busy in taking care of the troops that I forgot about my educational goals and dreams.”

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CSU Director of Military Outreach Karl Hoffmann

After being retired for several years, he decided to enroll at CSU to get his bachelor’s degree. He wanted to work his way up the corporate ladder with the company he was with at the time.

“God had another plan,” said Karl and he soon became an employee of CSU.

Karl is able to make a difference in the lives of members of the military through education.  He is extremely passionate about education since he was the first in his family to receive a degree.

“I am now weeks away from completing my graduate degree and I feel a sense of accomplishment equal to my promotion to chief petty officer,” he added.

Just like Karl, I hear so many stories of servicemembers who were able to persevere and earn a degree.

We are very proud of all our students who are either currently serving our country or have in the past.  Our staff and faculty are dedicated to helping them and others meet their goals of education.

I would love to hear from you and your CSU story.  Take a moment to comment below and post your story about how education has changed your life.  I can’t wait to connect with you!




  1. Mark

    When I joined the Air Force 19 years ago, I anticipated that I would probably retire with no more than my associates from the CCAF. Thanks to the AF’s AU-ABC program and institutes like CSU, I’m not only 2 classes from completing my Bachelor’s, but if I complete 2 more after that, I will have a 2nd AS degree to go along with. This was impossible to imagine so many years ago, thank you CSU for making educational dreams a reality.

  2. Elbert L Brown

    I too am like Karl, before joining the US Army. I had college from a tech school and wanted more. As years went all, I seek out more college credits through various other schools. Therefore I was told about CSU and I transfer all credit to them and later achieved and maintain not only one degree but three (3). Yes (3 degrees). I hope one day, I can be like Retired Karl. Can you say, class of 2014 MBA-HRM confirmed.

    Grad Business Student
    Elbert Brown (Class of 2014).