Graduate and Continuing Professional Education Student Profiles

Ken Young

I did not decide to return to grad school because I needed a master's degree. As a Penn State undergrad (EE '78), I always knew I wanted to return to the Penn State family for a graduate degree...

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Ken Sassa and Family

I graduated from Penn State with an undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering. I worked for GE for two years and then left the field. After working as a mailman for several years, I decided that while I had left engineering, it never really left me...

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Cindy Lopez

I left my hometown of New York City and headed for Penn State Great Valley with no job, no place to live, and no connections to the Philadelphia region. I had one goal - a master's degree from a good school with a strong reputation...

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Raghunath Kallem

I came here from India, and first I worked as a consultant for IBM. I wanted to obtain more technical knowledge and develop my skills. In 2004, I started looking at schools, looking at faculty profiles and talking to admissions. I chose Penn State Great Valley because...

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Jay and Erinn Wischum

The Master of Leadership Development program has had a major impact on my career as a territorial distribution leader at Allstate Insurance Company. I was in a leadership position with Allstate and was looking for a proven, research-based methodology to help me become a better leader...

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Jennifer Kearney

I am a classroom teacher who came to Great Valley after I recognized that I had an increasing number of children with special needs in my classroom. I knew that Penn State Great Valley's Special Education professors had an excellent reputation, so I enrolled in the M.Ed. program...

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Bill Jordan

I came to a point where I realized that my skills needed strengthening to move forward in my career. I manage a large staff within my department and want to provide strong leadership for our teams. I feel competent as a manager, but wanted to separate myself as a leader...

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Paul McDonald

My Bachelors of Science in Business Management provided me with a basic understanding of business and enabled me to apply basic concepts to my job. However, I realized that I needed to differentiate myself from my colleagues if I ever wanted to move up...

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Ajit Menon

I decided to further my career in management, and I believe that education is the best stepping stone. I chose Penn State Great Valley because of several reasons: the school's reputation, the class time and program flexibility, the reasonable tuition...

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Dana Cook

I work as an elementary emotional support teacher to provide additional emotional support to young children with this special need. Currently, I am earning concurrent degrees in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Science Education...

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Eric May

I have a business background and found my career following a more technical track. I felt that I needed to improve that aspect of my career and skill set, with a special emphasis on technology in the business world. I had multiple reasons for choosing Penn State Great Valley...

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Georgia Gordon-Martin

I decided to pursue a master's degree because I wanted to develop specialized managerial and entrepreneurial skills for career advancement. I was confident that Penn State would deliver quality education at a convenient location, great faculty members, and...

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Melissa Lord

My undergraduate degree is in business, but after seven years working in marketing, I didn't feel fulfilled. I cast about for a change and attended classes at three universities in various fields. Talk about frustrating! The campuses seemed like mazes, and I was spending as much time finding things on campus as I was studying...

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Jason Williams

I decided that I needed to pursue an advanced degree when I took notice of the highly talented individuals I would be competing against in my own company to progress in my career. I realized I needed to take action and pave a path for success...

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Jean Buskirk

When I started looking for a graduate program, I really didn't know what career path I wanted to take. I wanted an education that broadened my skills and could help me figure out what to do next. The convenient location, easy admission process, and diverse curriculum, made Penn State Great Valley a smart choice...

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Steven Hunter

I decided to obtain Continuing Professional Education because my employer recommended I take a prep course for my future high school teaching assignments. I chose Penn State Great Valley because of its convenient location and class schedule...

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