Charles attended the Community College of Aurora and received his associate degree in General Studies. “Just the basics,” he says, “but I took some extra time with art classes and particularly got the biggest kicks out of trig, microeconomics with Okole Uwadebe, logic, and psychology.”
Charles then continued his education at Metro State where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Studies. As a part of his course of study, Charles participated in an internship where he was able to go to the U.S. Geological Survey's National Ice Core Lab (NICL) in Lakewood, CO. “It was at NICL that I was first exposed to the science and work being done in Antarctica.” Charles claims. “After two years of interning and working at NICL, I graduated Metro and went to work for the U.S. Antarctic Program primary support contractor." Since then, Charles has traveled to Antarctica a total of 9 times over the past 15 years – as well as New Zealand, Chile, Australia and Argentina.