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2024 grad Colin Bramlage found vital support at Wright State and a job at Wright-Patterson Air Force

After interning at Wright-Patterson Air Force, management information systems major Colin Bramlage had a full-time job in military project development waiting for him after spring graduation.

Colin Bramlage is like many Wright State University students who donned caps and gowns at spring commencement. As he starts a new job at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base awaits him, he is looking forward to this new chapter in his life.

Bramlage overcame physical and emotional challenges to excel in the classroom, get involved in campus activities and earn his diploma.

A native of Mason, Bramlage graduated from Wright State’s Raj Soin College of Business in April with a bachelor’s degree in management information systems, earning a grade point average of 3.89.

In high school, he took advanced placement classes in computer science principles, he decided to major in management information systems at Wright State so he could take a variety of data analytics and business courses.”

“Those courses taught me skills that are good for any job,” he said.

He credits the management information systems program with teaching him about teamwork, problem-solving and troubleshooting.

Bramlage said he chose Wright State because “it’s accessible to people with disabilities, like me.” He particularly liked the underground tunnels that connect the core academic buildings on the Dayton Campus.

“It’s a good fit for me. If it’s raining or bad weather, I can get around. I can’t get my cochlear implant wet,” he said, pointing to the disc of the implant behind his right ear.

Bramlage has bilateral sensory hearing loss and has been deaf since birth. He is also on the autism spectrum and has cerebral palsy.

“Sometimes I have a lot of social anxiety around people. I’m overwhelmed with loud noises and have to step away for a bit, take a break,” he said.

He said the heightened anxiety is a relatively recent development, although he can enjoy small outings with friends.

While his cerebral palsy affects his balance when walking, Bramlage does not use a mobility device. Wright State’s accessible campus made it easy to get around to his classes and participate in student organizations.

He was an active member of the H2O on-campus church and the faith-based student organization Cru.

He served on the executive board of the Abilities student organization and on the Information Systems and Supply Chain Management Club, through which he learned about different companies and job opportunities.

Last summer, he participated in an internship at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base during which he learned about how the military operates, information technology, program management and logistics.

That opportunity led to a full-time civilian job, rotating into different offices to gain experience in military project development.

His progress and achievements are noticed.

“It has been an absolute honor to watch Colin transform during his years at Wright State into a dedicated and conscientious student, whose cheerful and enthusiastic attitude brings out the best of everyone he interacts with on campus,” said Evan Mason, co-director of Raiders on the Autism Spectrum Excelling and a disability specialist in the Office of Disability Services. “Colin embodies the best of the Wright State community and will become a tremendous ambassador for the university as he moves beyond graduation.”

Bramlage said Wright State provided the support he needed to succeed.

“Faculty and staff are understanding and help support me every step of the way,” he said.

He has advice for other students like him who are considering enrolling at Wright State.

“They shouldn’t be afraid to reach out and ask for ancillary support,” he said. “Wright State will support you. They’re very supportive of people with disabilities. Your professors and staff want you to succeed no matter the challenges you face, for you to do well, graduate and have a good future. Disabilities should not prevent you from reaching the goals you desire to reach.”

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