|Personal: Self Introduction|
My name is John A. Schwartz. I grew up on a dairy farm in Northwest Wisconsin with five older sisters and one younger brother. I attended a one-room rural school (South Milltown School) for the first six years. The consolidation of three towns closed the rural schools, and a new high school (Unity High School) was built centrally located to all. After graduation, I moved to Hopkins, Minnesota, where I worked several different jobs.
I entered the Air Force about two years after graduation. After basic training at Lackland AFB near San Antonio, Texas, I received my electronics training in Ground Radio Repair at Keesler AFB, near Biloxi, Mississippi. I spent the rest of my enlistment at Ellsworth AFB, near Rapid City, South Dakota.
After I was discharged from the Air Force, I moved to Shakopee, Minnesota. I continued working in the electronics field at companies in Bloomington and Apple Valley. When one of the companies closed (in the mid 1970s), I moved back to Wisconsin. I continued working in the electronics field until the last company I worked for closed (moved the manufacturing overseas).
Assistance was available for retraining (because of the loss of jobs to overseas), so I decided to return to school. I enrolled at WITC in New Richmond, Wisconsin, for a two-year associate degree course: CIS-Network Specialist. I graduated from this course in May of 2004.