Path: Center for Entrepreneurial Business Excellence
It was, quite literally, fate that led Jonathan Dewald to Howard Community College. After serving eight years in the military, the Iraq war veteran found himself struggling to decide where to restart his civilian life. Torn between options in California and Maryland, Jon did the most logical thing — he flipped a coin. Fast forward a few years later, and Jon appears to have made the right call.
In addition to achieving academic success, Jon is now one of the founders of Trifecta Industries, a successful company he started with three friends at HCC’s Center for Entrepreneurial Business Excellence (CEBE). Trifecta provides services in three areas: eco-friendly construction materials, custom manufactured homes and end-line packaging machinery. “HCC truly helped me to grow personally and professionally,” says Jon. “I credit a great deal of my success to the HCC administration — especially the Veteran’s Affairs office, which helped me integrate into school and solve any financial or academic problems.”