Pushing to Finish College, Grad finds Career Direction

Student loans helped Melvin Bolden Jr. finish his associate degree in nursing, but he’s graduated with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree with the help of his employer’s tuition reimbursement plan. Bolden earned those three degrees in just a few years, thanks to his determination to get ahead in his new nursing career. “I pushed so hard,” says Bolden, a father of four children ranging in age from 3 to 14. “I basically put my all into it because I wanted my family to have a better future.” On…

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Career Cost Education 

No-Cost Career Direction

When Haley Essick left high school the first time as a teenager, she had earned only 13 credits. When she went back to high school at age 25, she earned her Indiana Core 40 high school diploma with Technical Honors, plus six college credits through Ivy Tech Community College, a logistics associate certificate and workplace certifications in safety and forklift operations. Her education helped her land a job as a logistics specialist with IU Health at Methodist Hospital. And it was all provided at no cost by Goodwill of Central…

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Master’s Degree Requires Sacrifice

After more than 20 years in the insurance industry, Johnetta Thompson is starting a new career to help students overcome the same obstacles she faced when she went to college the first time. Thompson graduated from Shortridge High School in Indianapolis and signed up for college without much thought. “My best friend was going off to college, and, to be honest, I didn’t know too much about it,” Thompson says. “My mother made me stay for one year, and then I left. I couldn’t deal with the school environment. I…

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Weekend Warriors and Night Owls

By Allison Barber, Chancellor, WGU of Indiana Before beginning the next chapter in your educational journey, it’s important to take a moment to visualize your goals. Re-enrolling in a college program can take courage. For many, there will be moments when juggling your professional and family obligations in addition to your college studies may seem tiresome, but in those moments remember what you stand to gain from completing your degree. Indiana’s economy is growing, but it is evolving at the same time. The most desirable careers—careers that pay well and…

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Colleges & Schools Education 

College Leads to New Career, Outlook, and Life

 Adam Baker describes himself as “clueless and lost” during his early 20s. But as a 24-year-old struggling to make ends meet, he’d had enough. He got home from work at 3 a.m., and told his wife that he was going back to school. “I decided I wanted more for myself,” Baker says. As much as he wanted to make a new start, Baker had a lot of challenges to overcome. He had just become a father for the first time and he barely graduated from high school with a 1.67…

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