by Eric Jensen
Victoria native Jim McCulloch gave college a try, worked in restaurants, and gave guitar lessons. He married and began a family but then realized he wanted to do something more with his life.
He enrolled at Texas State University in San Marcos, but the experience didn’t make much of an impression on him.
“I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do and stopped attending,” McCulloch said. “I was starting a family. My son came along, and I figured I wanted to do something in the medical field.”
After working and teaching music, McCulloch, 28, entered Victoria College’s Respiratory Care Program.
“I heard it was a great program with awesome instructors, but I had no previous knowledge of it,” he said. “I thought this was something I could at least try, and I ended up loving it.”
After graduation, McCulloch hopes to remain in the Victoria area. At the same time, he ponders moving to a larger city with a big hospital.
Continuing his studies and going for an advanced degree is also a possibility for the soon-to-be Victoria College graduate with a wife, a two-year-old son, and a daughter on the way.
“This Respiratory Care Program has definitely piqued my interest to where I want to do more,” he shared. “Maybe I will get some more education and do some teaching here and there.”
Although he hasn’t started his career yet, McCulloch has no worries about finding a job.
“This program has such a reputation that, sometimes when you say you are from Victoria College but don’t have any work experience, employers will say, ‘OK, come on,’” he said, smiling.