Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Non-traditional students find Chillicothe Campus is a smart choice for their college pursuits

OU-C is a smart college choice for both traditional students and those who have been out of the classroom for some time. OU-C offers a comfortable environment for non-traditional learners and the flexibility to meet their busy schedules, including both classroom and online courses. Advance in your career or pursue a profession that offers more satisfaction by earning a nationally-recognized Ohio University degree.

In fact, many non-traditional learners have found that the Chillicothe Campus offered the right environment for pursuing their ambitions and realizing the transformational effects of a college education.

Mishion Payne, a 2000 graduate of Chillicothe High School, put her college education on hold for

Payne has been employed with Homeland Credit Union in Chillicothe for nearly eight years and was recently promoted to mortgage loan officer. “It feels a lot better to have a degree. I know it will benefit me in the long run, and the lessons I’ve learned along the way will last a lifetime.”

several years to juggle work and family responsibilities before earning a bachelor’s degree in applied management. “I was working full-time, had a stepson and was married. When I returned to college, I was driven by the thought that, with a degree, I can better myself, increase my income and help my family.”

Aaron Chaney began his 22-year military career in 1990 after graduating from Chillicothe High

“Human services technology was a good fit for me,” Chaney said. “During my Navy career, I was a Chief Petty Officer. I spent a lot of time helping junior Sailors resolve issues and solve problems. HST is similar in that you sit down with a person, try to comprehend that individual’s issues and help them by creating a plan.”

School. Upon his return, Chaney earned his associate degree in human services technology (HST) and is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in applied management. Now he is applying the skills he learned in the military to a career of helping others.

After obtaining her GED and working as a general manager for a restaurant chain, Bobbie Herdman
decided to pursue a college education after she was told she needed a degree to be promoted into a higher position. OU-C offered the resources to open that door of opportunity. “As a non-traditional student I did not know I could have gone to college after I received my GED.” Once her associate degree is complete, Herdman plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in applied management and hopes to become a professor of business at the university level.

“It is difficult sometimes to keep up with studies, family, and a job, but with determination and hard work, anything can be achieved.”

Rhonda Wedebrook enrolled in OU-C to build the life she wants for her family. After serving in the
Army, she earned both her associate and bachelor’s degrees in nursing while balancing family responsibilities. Wedebrook is currently working at Adena Regional Medical Center as a nurse educator while completing her master’s degree in nursing. Despite her many responsibilities, Wedebrook found the support network she needed when she started classes.

“The OU-C campus is like a family. The faculty, staff and students treated me as if they knew me and truly wanted me to succeed,” Wedebrook said. “My academic advisor continues to check in on my progress as I complete my degrees. Building that relationship with my advisor gave me the drive to achieve my goals. Failure is not an option.”

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