Air Force Veteran Finds Success, Becomes College Graduate at CollegeAmerica

By Manda Perkins Published on May 12, 2017

PHOENIX — Having served for six and a half years in the U.S. Air Force, 27-year-old Serina Foy has taken to heart the organization’s three core values: integrity first, service before self and excellence in all she does. Her commitment to those values helped her transition from military to civilian life and, despite being out of school for nearly seven years, pursue a college degree at CollegeAmerica.

Now, Foy has earned an Associate of Occupational Studies in Medical Specialties, and is among the 200 CollegeAmerica Phoenix campus graduates who will walk in the 2017 commencement ceremony this month.

“I was a little intimidated but I knew I wanted to be the best, and I was willing to set aside fun time to make sure my education was always my top priority,” Foy said.

Serina Foy, CollegeAmerica Graduate

Foy isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. While serving in the Air Force, she was deployed for a tour in Iraq and participated in support missions in Africa, visiting over 30 countries during that time.

“Of course, we all experience obstacles to get through the school year, but there is one main thing that kept me going, which was my self-motivation,” she said. “I feel I deserve the best so I strive for it in everything I do.”

Foy said she found tremendous support from her fiancé, Jason, and her family members. As the oldest child in her family, she worked hard to “be a strong and distinguished role model” for her younger brother, recognizing that her success would greatly impact his future as well. Foy is also the mother of two children, Xavier and Maya, whose bright futures also kept her motivated and focused on her studies.


“Most importantly out of all of this, I believed in myself,” she said. “If you stay focused, you can achieve anything in life no matter what color, race, sex, or gender you are. Everyone is destined to be great— it’s just a matter of how bad you want it.”

The commencement ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 19, 2017, at the Glendale Civic Center. For more information about the CollegeAmerica Phoenix campus, visit

About CollegeAmerica

CollegeAmerica provides career-focused higher education to students in Arizona and Colorado. Offering degree programs in healthcare, business and technology, CollegeAmerica is committed to preparing professionals for meaningful careers. CollegeAmerica is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).