Sonoran Desert Institute Honors Achievements of Brianna Phillips

Sonoran Desert Institute (SDI)
Sonoran Desert Institute (SDI)
Sonoran Desert Institute
Sonoran Desert Institute

Scottsdale, AZ -( Sonoran Desert Institute (SDI), an industry leader in providing accredited and accelerated distance learning, is proud to honor the achievements of Brianna Phillips of Rock Springs, Wyo., and name her as SDI Student of the Month for August 2016.

Phillips, who is a veteran of the U.S. Army, recently graduated from SDI’s Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate program and is now starting her Associate of Science in Firearms Technology degree program. She’s hoping that her gunsmithing training will lend an even more specialized offering to their local market.

“Brianna has proven herself as an exemplary student and completely dedicated to an education in firearms technology that will help her family as well as provide a needed service to her community,” says SDI Vice President Wes LeMay. “We’re very pleased to honor Brianna as our Student of the Month, and hope her example inspires others.”

“For me, SDI has been probably one of the coolest experiences and one of the most enjoyable programs that I have taken,” said Phillips. “It’s been beneficial, it’s been knowledgeable, and I’m very excited to start my associate program. I’m extremely happy with my experience with SDI. And I definitely tell everyone that I recommend SDI.”

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Sonoran Desert Institute is an accredited online school providing undergraduate degree and certificate programs in firearms technology. Sonoran Desert Institute offers a 60 semester-credit Associate of Science degree in Firearms Technology program and it is one of the most complete firearms educational programs of its kind. The program prepares students for personal development and/or employment in the custom gun trade, from entry-level employees to small business owners. Students learn about custom firearms, stocks, rifles, handguns, shotguns, metal refinishing, ballistics, metal work and engraving, and business principles necessary to become a gunsmith. For students looking to hone their gunsmithing skills, learn the techniques needed to operate a gunsmithing business, gain a valuable credential or expand their hobby into a career, SDI also offers a 32 semester-credit Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate.

“My favorite part about SDI is definitely the hands-on projects and the tools that I’ve been sent,” added Phillips. “It’s just been really helpful to be able to actually put my hands on the tools and finish a project. I’m a really big hands-on person when it comes to learning. Also, being able to keep that knowledge and all the books has been great. Every single thing I’ve ever gotten from SDI and all the books are sitting on my shelf above my workbench. And I’m happy to be able to refer back to them if I need to.”

Sonoran Desert Institute offers high quality, rigorous educational programs. The school has been an innovator since its inception and is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). SDI educational programs are designed predominantly for adult learners, based on principles and practices of active self-learning. Certain SDI programs are also approved for use of the G.I. Bill® and other VA benefits, Federal Student Aid (FSA), and Active Duty Military Tuition Assistance, all based on eligibility.

To learn more about on the highly acclaimed online learning programs at Sonoran Desert Institute, visit or call 800.336.8939.

About Sonoran Desert Institute (SDI):

Located in Scottsdale, Ariz., Sonoran Desert Institute is an accredited online school providing undergraduate degree and certificate programs in firearms technology. SDI is dedicated to offering affordable, premium, distance-delivered career education that provides a labor market advantage to its graduates.

For more information on Sonoran Desert Institute, call 800.336.8939 or visit