ACE Alumni Spotlight: Dominick Martin

February 22, 2024

Bianca Stakes

Marketing Content and Communications Specialist

Dominick Martin, B.S. in Applied Management and Leadership, 2023

Welcome to the ACE Alumni Spotlight, where we highlight our alumni and share their stories. 

Dominick Martin is a U.S. Army and National Guard veteran who graduated with a B.S. in Business Applied Management and Leadership (now named B.S. in Business Administration and Leadership) in 2023. He is currently pursuing an M.S. in Organizational Leadership. We were excited to learn more about his career and future goals. 

ACE: You graduated with your bachelor’s degree. What inspired you to return to ACE to complete the M.S. in Organizational Leadership? 

Dominick Martin (DM): Returning to ACE was inspired by the supportive environment and exceptional mentorship I received during my bachelor’s program. This fueled my passion for leadership and personal growth. ACE’s commitment to academic excellence and professional development motivated me to further my education in organizational leadership. I also learned a lot about B Corporations and was delighted to discover that ACE is one of them. 

ACE: We understand that you’re a military veteran. Thank you for serving! What branch did you serve in and did your military experience influence your decision to choose ACE? 

DM: I served in the U.S. Army and National Guard. My military experience influenced my decision to choose ACE because they understand the unique needs of veterans. Their dedication to providing a supportive and flexible learning environment was crucial for me as a returning student and veteran. After about a year of searching and considering my needs and financial situation, I found that ACE was my ideal choice. It stood out as the best solution by far. 

ACE: How has your education at ACE impacted your career so far? 

DM: My education at ACE has significantly impacted my career by providing me with practical, relevant skills that have enhanced my leadership abilities and decision-making in the professional world. The flexible and tailored approach to learning at ACE has allowed me to easily integrate my personal life, work and school schedule.  

ACE: Thinking about your time as an ACE student, what about your experience have you found most helpful to your academic success? 

DM: I value structure, and ACE offers a systematic approach to every course that’s easy to follow. There are no surprises through having clear expectations of deadlines and requirements. The personalized support and mentorship from ACE teachers have been crucial to my academic success, along with the accessibility of resources, dedicated faculty and a strong sense of community. 

ACE: What advice would you give to current or future students? 

DM: To future students, ACE is the number one choice for veterans and service members, whether full-time or part-time. Take it from me, as I did the legwork to figure it out. To current students, I’ll quote one of my professors, “If degrees were easy, everyone would have one.” I would advise staying engaged with your professors and peers, leveraging all available resources and embracing every opportunity for growth and learning. 

Being an American College of Education alumni has its perks. When you return as an alumni for another program, you can save 5% off your tuition with the Alumni Continuing Education Grant. 

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of American College of Education.
Bianca Stakes
Bianca Stakes, Marketing Content and Communications Specialist

Bianca Stakes received her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from LSU Shreveport in 2017 upon an Associate of Applied Science in Communication Media. Her areas of expertise include email marketing, copywriting, copyediting and project management. Outside of marketing, Stakes enjoys advocating for individuals with disabilities, gardening, Hallmark movies and church.

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