Grantham students and graduates talk about their online education experience, Grantham faculty, careers, flexibility and student support.

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Online Experience
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Paul Buss
The online option was awesome.

I’m just glad that I had it, because it’s just impossible for someone working full time to dedicate to go back to full time as a traditional student. It just can’t happen.

Travis Whittington
It was great just to go home and pop the computer up and . . . you know I didn’t have to go sit in the classroom. I could sit at home and learn that way.

Abraham Papaleo
If it was not online, I would not have been able to go to college.

Jeffrey Malo
The online world is great, because of the flexibility that comes with it.

Somebody that’s working full time and trying to manage pursuing the education and their full time employment.

Robin Whitehead-Rudolph
Sometimes I work a twelve or thirteen hour day trying to get things done.

So you can’t really get in the classroom, but now I had the opportunity at night to do my homework and get everything done.

William Wright
Working full time, it made it a little easier. Because I could juggle my time better.

Tony Smith
My experience was I felt better taking the online class. I felt like I was getting a better education, than what they’re getting actually sitting in a classroom.

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Michael Baldwin – The Right Solution
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Michael Baldwin

I am a safety consultant for Kimberly-Clark Corporation, helping our non-woven sector for Kimberly-Clark looking at engineering solutions for safety problems that come up. We’re behind a lot of different personal care/home care products.

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I always knew the importance of an education. I didn’t really understand the value of it, until after having done this for twenty years. The nearest on ground facility was an hour and a half away, which made any kind of four year degree program difficult. It was never going to be the right solution to do it on ground.

A friend of mine actually turned me onto Grantham. He knew my background as well, so he kind of triggered me onto it. But it still took me about ten years before I finally committed to going back to school. I think the future is online school.

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Because I had twenty years of electrical background, it made the program make sense. When things happen that are outside of your realm of experience, you don’t necessarily have a solution for it. By getting the degree program and the engineering background, the actual scientific background, you can figure out how to get to those solutions, because you have that methodology. Without it, you’re only reacting based off of previous knowledge.

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My student advisor, she was extremely helpful, because she knew which classes I needed to be able to take as prerequisites versus classes that I needed to take to be sure they met my degree program.

Many of the professors that I had throughout my degree program really did inspire me to continue to do what I do. Because of their level of commitment to student success, it definitely was able to help me through those rough times.

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My father was the first one in his family to graduate high school. And now I am the first one graduating with a four-year degree. My oldest child is in college. Last year was his freshman year, and I couldn’t let him beat me. That’s when I said, “Now is really the right time for me to finish this up.”

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Adrianne Callahan - Adult Learning with other adults
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Adrianne Callahan

I’m a Georgia peach at heart, but I love working in Chicago. There is nothing like the Midwest flavor. The Windy City is great and having the benefit of living in the country, but being able to commute to the big city is a wonderful experience for me.

I’m a small business specialist for the EPA in Chicago, and in that role, I help small businesses learn how to do business with the government. So, I’m making a difference in these people’s lives, and there’s no better feeling than that.

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Grantham in not the first university that I’ve attended, but Grantham provided me an experience in my adult life that made it easy for me to maintain balance with the rest of my adult life. And not just attend school with other children but with other adults.

When I graduated from Grantham, I expected to receive an envelope in the mail. Some type of email correspondence saying, “Congratulations” or something generic. I did not expect to attend a traditional ceremony, where my friends, my family were able to fly in and yell, scream. We shed tears and just had an awesome time.

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And upon receiving my Master’s degree, I have been asked about my future aspirations in terms of my career development and whether or not I am now ready to go into management. And it’s because of my degree from Grantham that I truly believe that all of this is happening.

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Patricia Brickhouse - Goal-Oriented Education
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Patricia Brickhouse

Their first question to me was, “What do you intend to do while you’re here at the IRS? What are your goals?” And I would tell them all, “I intend to be a director, senior executive, that’s me.” That’s when I started kicking around the idea of going back to school.

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I knew I needed to find something that fit with my future goals. So I thought, “online”. And I started Googling different schools, and a link popped up for Grantham University. And I clicked on it. Started going through the website looking at the programs. My advisor was responsible for helping guide me through figuring out which programs work best for me. He just guided me towards the Performance Improvement program.

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When I initially started the program, I was reading a lot of course content. While I was reading, I would come across different ideas that other agencies, other corporations were using. And I thought, “Maybe we might be able to apply that.” Trying to get creative on ways to figure out how to do more with less. And so I thought, “a coalition”. Our program has come up with two initiatives: one to assist our clerical team, and also another which helps decrease phone call volume.

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I am happy with my Master’s. This degree is definitely a logical step for me as far as my career. And I looked at it as an investment. It’s an investment in my future, and it will eventually pay off. You can’t put a price tag on education, and I’m an education girl.

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