One of the most rewarding benefits of my job is watching students earn their degree. As a graduate school admission professional I have experienced the full lifecycle from an initial inquiry to the grand finale—commencement.
The times that I have worked the “line,” ensuring the future graduates are in the correct order to walk the stage to pick up their prized degree has brought many flashbacks in which I remember (sometimes) in vivid detail.
Here’s one of my favorites: At the institution I was working for, we targeted hospital employees for a graduate program in healthcare administration. Our team at the office had made great strides promoting this particular degree, as we encouraged students with the prospect of having it meet onsite at their hospital. To make the prospect of earning a master’s even easier, we had a baccalaureate completion program in healthcare administration. At a particular scheduled information session at a northern NH hospital, I met a very accomplished woman who had an associate’s degree and a position in the administration. She was very eager to speak with me after the meeting to tell me her educational dreams. After discussing with her what it was going to take to get her master’s she was still very motivated and ready to hit the books—for several years.
Move the clock forward, and now this woman has won numerous awards and is a leader in her field. She is one of the people initiating change in healthcare in our state. I often see notes in the newspapers about her recent accomplishments. It makes me proud that the chance meeting we had and the programs we offered fulfilled and exceeded her career goals.
I have been recruiting for Granite State College for only a few months, and I am very excited about my new job. The College is now offering two masters programs--for the first time! We're proud to offer the Master of Science in Project Management and the Master of Science in Leadership. These two programs are not only flexible and affordable, but are also practical for most industries and professions.
Granite State College is New Hampshire's best deal for higher education. First of all, they have ten locations, from Nashua to Littleton NH, and eight more in between, plus it is a part of the University of New Hampshire System. For undergraduates they offer an array of programs, including the School of Education--which includes early childhood education, paraeducator certification and teacher preparation programs. It amazes me how Granite State is just about off every highway exit. And, if you don't want to go too far, you can get your degree online.
This is what I love about my job in graduate education. It truly is a gift that keeps on giving.