On any given weekend, one may find Derek Moore barrel racing, flying a plane, or preparing for his future career in marketing—which is just about to take flight.
Derek grew up in a small town called Blue Eye, Missouri. Raised on a farm in the Ozarks region—Derek has always known how to put in a full day’s work.
However, Derek attributes the College of the Ozarks work program for solidifying his understanding of the true meaning of work.
“Since I was 16 years old, I have always had a job,” Derek said. “Although these multiple and varied positions pioneered my entrance into the work force, my experience in the work program at C of O has reshaped and strengthened my work ethic.”
During his time at Hard Work U®, Derek’s natural leadership abilities propelled him into the position of student manager in the Banquet Department at The Keeter Center. Additionally, his professionalism and attention to detail led him to a job in the College’s Development office.
Reflecting on his experience, Derek finds it hard to put into words how the College has impacted his life.
“I had always hoped to continue my education at C of O; however, I never knew how much it would change my life.”
Derek is grateful for the opportunity to work, rather than pay, for his education.
“The opportunity to graduate debt-free has impacted my future, and I understand the value of the education I’ve received here—I value what I have earned and been given.”
Derek’s major, Business Administration: Marketing, led him to apply for and land a competitive internship with a major aircraft company.
During his internship, Derek spent his time learning the ins and outs of sales and marketing for a large corporation—and thrived.
Derek’s character, hard work, and diligence didn’t go unnoticed. After a grueling interview process, Derek was offered and accepted a full-time position with the
Derek is prepared to fly high, and he knows, with his determination, intelligence and passion, the sky’s the limit.
and receive a pack of C of O zinnia seeds!