The Value of a Degree – Non-traditional Students Speak Out
BBA ensures professional/financial stability
Prior to enrolling in the TAP program at Thomas More College I was constantly struggling to advance my career in the metal working industry. I had moved up to middle management and remained there for nearly a decade. My career and pay had plateaued and I was extremely dissatisfied with the work I was doing. I also feared that one day my work experience may not be enough to guarantee me a secure and financially comfortable position in my chosen profession. Not being able to live with the dissatisfaction of my current position and the fear of eventually being replaced by a college graduate, I enrolled in the TAP program at Thomas More College. My employer took notice immediately and I was offered a huge promotion only a year after attending classes. Since then, my pay has increased substantially and I no longer worry about sustaining the lifestyle I currently enjoy.
The core classes were beneficial in my ability to launch myself to the next level in my career. The curriculum was informative, useful, and challenging. At times it was difficult to stay focused and maintain the drive needed to complete my degree. But the staff at TMC always encouraged all of the students to stay focused and to keep our eye on the prize. Often times I felt the staff was just as concerned about my grades as I was.
I must say that earning my BBA was the highlight of my professional career. My ability to support my family and provide them with extra comforts in life has improved drastically. I am happier and more satisfied in my career. I no longer dread the work day ahead of me or worry about my long term worth with my company. The decision to attend Thomas More College was the best thing I could have done for myself and my family.
Robert Napier ’13
Bachelor’s degree worth it’s weight in ROI
My degree has opened up more opportunities for me at my current place of employment. In obtaining my higher education degree my personal spirit has awakened and allowed me to grow not only professionally, but spiritually becoming more grounded and critical in my thinking. What I love about the Saints experience is beyond measure the professors, my group (What’s on TAP), and the forever relationships created. I look at life as an equal playing field instead of feeling like I always had to play catch up, especially with my life-long friends that already had multiple degrees.
Melissa Greenlea ’15
ROI the accelerated way
Congratulations to the Citi Master of Business Administration cohort group which presented their final project in December of 2015, a corporate collaboration between Citi and the TAP program. Citi President Tina Shell hosted a celebration for staff, to acknowledge their achievements and present each with a handsome diploma frame. Dr. Edward Oestreicher from the Department of Business Administration and TAP Enrollment Manager, Judy Bautista were in attendance to congratulate the graduates.
Administration at Citi started conversations with TMC in fall of 2013 to explore on-site classes in order to help promote education as a primary initiative at the Northern Kentucky facility that employs 2,500 people. Citi engaged with several local colleges and ultimately TMC’s MBA program was selected as the right fit for employees interested in working toward a MBA. Citi has continued to invite representatives from the TAP enrollment team to visit the site to provide advice and information to employees.
MBA a big plus!
Studying an MBA at Thomas More College allowed me to think in a more critical and analytical way. The degree has provided me with a vast number of tools, techniques, and knowledge to better understand, implement, and improve businesses.
The TAP program has worked perfectly for me because it allows me to work and study at the same time. I have also been able to meet some of the current and future successful leaders of the region in the classroom. I am sure this MBA will help me to capitalize on future opportunities.
Thank you. Best regards,
Raul de las Fuentes
Family + Work + Tap = Success
I chose the TAP program for a variety of reasons. The most attractive aspect of this program is being able to fit full-time school into a very busy schedule that most working adults fight with day-to-day. I had a baby about six months before I started the program, plus was working a full time job and serving on the weekends. I know in today’s market a bachelor’s degree is required to be competitive for jobs, but I thought there was no way I could juggle full time school in the mix, then I found out about the TAP program. The staff are very considerate of your time and understand that most TAP students are working adults who are going to school to better themselves and their families. Now, I am halfway through the bachelor’s degree program and it has become routine. The second factor was the feeling of accomplishment. The classes range from four-to-six weeks, so you are constantly starting a new class and you feel much more accomplished than taking one or two 16-week courses each semester. TAP allows you to take enough courses in one semester to be considered full-time, so the instant gratification is great.
Looking towards a better future
Being a full time employee, a mother, a homeowner, and a student can be a lot of work. With Thomas More College’s TAP program, I have found it possible to incorporate school into my already busy life. Going to class just one day a week and after work, it works so well for me. I also enjoy the small class size and small groups that we have within TAP. It helps grow relationships and makes me feel like I’m working within a business. I can’t wait to graduate with my Bachelor Degree in Business in September 2018; that’s just three quick years!
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