Local veteran goes to college

GREEN BAY, Wis (WBAY) As many schools and communities honored veterans today, one local veteran spent his day in class.

Every Monday through Thursday, John Roes admits to feeling both excited and nervous.

"It's a very good learning experience and a very big challenge," Roes.

After graduating from Freedom High School, Roes served 20 years in the U.S. Army, followed by 23 years in the printing industry.

Then, at the age of 61, he embarked on a new journey this fall, a carpentry degree from NWTC.

"I figured it was a good time to use my benefits and go to school and get prepared for my future when I decide to take it easy," says Roes.

"Probably my oldest student I've ever had." (butt) :24 "when I asked him what are you doing here and he says, Jeff it's between sitting on the couch watching TV or getting up and doing something I really kind of wanted to do in the past and never got a chance to do it," says Jeff Schlag, NTWC Carpentry Instructor.

Schlag says John is a pleasure to have in class-and sees him as an inspiration to the other, much younger students.

"He could be easily the grandpa for all these guys here and they see him doing it and it's like there's no reason why I can't do it either," says Schlag.

This spring, when Roes earns his one year certificate in carpentry, there will be job offers.

But he says he isn't necessarily looking to be hired.

"Just do it on my own, help out elderly people and stuff and just try to help anybody I can," says Roes.

An internship is one of the carpentry program's requirements.

Roes will be doing his at Habitat for Humanity.