When Mark Kellogg retired from the Navy after 22 years in the nuclear power program, he was ready to take on a new challenge. Kellogg enrolled in Lorain County Community College and began studying computer and video game design.

He will graduate in May with an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Games and Simulation Design.

Kellogg joined the Navy in 1982 and soon after completed Navy Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Florida. He spent the next 22 years stationed on nuclear powered aircraft carriers and land based nuclear power plants. For 12 of those years, he was Master Training Specialist teaching nuclear power theory and operations to officers and enlisted students.

“When I retired, I decided that I did not want to work in nuclear power forever and wanted to make a career change. We came back to Ohio to take care of my grandparents and after they passed away a few years ago I decided I wanted to pursue a degree in game design,” said Kellogg, who lives in Elyria.

Though LCCC was geographically his closest education option, Kellogg looked into gaming programs around the country before selecting on LCCC’s program.

“I researched several programs from all across the country and found that LCCC’s program best fit my needs to complete my personal goals,” he said.

The applied associate’s degree includes courses in game development and entrepreneurship, which line up with Kellogg’s ultimate goal of becoming an independent game developer.

As a veteran, Kellogg met with the LCCC’s veteran’s services office to make sure he got the most of his benefits.

“I walked in to admissions, applied and in the same day registered for classes and talked with veterans services. A week later I started attending classes,” he recalled. “It was easy and seamless to use my veteran’s benefits at LCCC.”

Kellogg aspires to create and market a massive multiplayer online game. His LCCC education and background in nuclear power also prepare him for a career creating simulations for a variety of organizations.

After graduation, Kellogg plans to attend a four-year university to earn a bachelor’s degree in either game design or mechanical engineering. He has been accepted to Pennsylvania State University and Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. He and his wife plan to move to Pennsylvania to be closer to his daughter and grandchildren.