Matt Kaiser is the Fremont Rotary Student of the Month for April.  He is in his second year at Terra State Community College majoring in Mechanical Engineering Technology.

Matt chose to attend Terra State because of its proximity and reputation.  “I know a couple of friends who attended and got good jobs,” Matt says.  “Plus it is close to my home in Oak Harbor.”

Matt went to Oak Harbor High School then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.  He served six and a half years and was deployed as a combat engineer for three of those years in Afghanistan.  Matt explains, “I constructed living quarters, performed road clearance and swept for IED’s (improvised explosive device).”  Kaiser retired from the Marines in 2011 at the rank of sergeant and was awarded the Purple Heart.

When asked what he likes best about Terra State, Matt immediately said his skilled trades classes.  “Milling, sheet design, math…,” continues Matt.  “I would like to work in the auto industry after I graduate.  I want to design parts and machinery.”

Megan Keller, Terra State Academic/Career Advisor nominated Matt for the award.  She praises Matt by saying, “Matt is a fantastic student here at Terra State, and we are lucky to have him. He is able to juggle family obligations, work, and school. With all of these responsibilities, he still manages to have a great GPA and sees an academic advisor each semester. We additionally owe Matt a debt of gratitude for serving our country in the armed forces.”

Matt continues to live in Oak Harbor with his wife, Samantha.  He has two children, daughter Kyndall and son Kane.  In his free time, Matt enjoys doing anything outdoors.  Hunting, fishing, playing golf are his main hobbies.