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Becoming a physician would give me the opportunity to learn more while giving back to other people.
In 2008 and 2012, Alice Schmidt represented the United States in the Olympics, but she knew that her days as a world-class competitor were finite. For her, the logical choice was to become a physician. “I spent my career around coaches, trainers, and physicians who knew a lot about how the body works,” she says.
I felt that the directors really understood what it takes to prepare a student for medical school.
Alyce Brookfield's heartfelt commitment to education led her to medicine. A trip to South Africa made her realize that good health is a prerequisite for learning. That's when she decided to become a physician.
BIS gives students, no matter what their backgrounds, the opportunity to pursue their interests.
“One of the things I like about the BIS program,” says Amanda Downing, “is that it gives students, no matter what their backgrounds, the opportunity to pursue their interests.” For Downing, one of those interests is the visual arts. Because she lives in Charlottesville, Downing has been able to take three semesters of sculpture classes.
The interview was like nothing else I had gone through.
Seeing health care disparities first hand, Angela Mosley decided to pursue a career in medicine. UVa's Post-Bac Pre-Med Program was one of five programs she considered.
It’s hard for adult learners to throw themselves back into a learning environment. SCPS provides a way for them to do that.
Bryan Garey understands the importance of professional development. During his tenure at UVA, he's been responsible for providing learning opportunities for UVA faculty and staff so they can be successful in their jobs. When Bryan needed coursework to finish his master’s degree, he turned to SCPS.
What really made a difference for me is the quality of advising and the individual support you receive.
A major career switch led Caitlin Mulligan to the Post Bac Pre-Med program. Wall Street could not compete with her drive to serve others.
Because the program was organized asynchronously, you could always find time in your schedule to complete your assignments.
Carl Schwab oversees an eight-person project management office for the Navy Federal Credit Union, the world's largest credit union. The Certificate in Project Management helped Carl pass the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam. He now attributes his success and credibility within his organization to the program.
I initially felt self-conscious...when I began to recover my old study habits, I started to relax and really have fun.
Charlie Feigenoff decided that it was time to recommit to his French skills before they were lost forever. As a Community Scholar, Charlie got a chance to regain his French and learn new material.
BIS has given me the opportunity to make my education more closely match what I want to do in life.
In retrospect, Clifton Jones sees his initial attempt at a UVA education as a false start. After sticking with it as long as he could, he left the University in his third year. Now, as a BIS student, Jones is back on track to receive his UVA degree.
The program covers a range of key issues for aspiring HR managers, from transformational leadership to strategic compensation.
For David Martin, the certificate proved to be a stepping-stone to further his education. Credits from the certificate transferred to a master's degree at Hollins University.
If you want to stay in this field, the UVA procurement and contracts management certificate is a great place to start.
Debbie Spear found the UVA courses to be both in-depth and very helpful. She credits them with helping her career get off the ground.
The faculty's real-life examples stuck with me, making it easier to remember key ideas when preparing for the CFP exam.
Eric Wiegand enrolled in the Certificate in Certified Financial Planning because it afforded him the flexibility he needed to balance work, home, and school. Thanks to the program, he passed the CFP exam on the first try.
When you enroll in a course at SCPS, you never know where it’s going to lead.
“It was John’s course that ignited my passion for photography,” she says. “It was a critical step in getting me to where I am now.”
“When I came to UVA, it was time to finish my degree because it was something I regretted not having done when I was younger.
Fran Bossi always wanted to complete her undergraduate degree, but was busy running a small media business with her husband for 26 years and raising three children along the way. When they sold the business and she came to work for UVA in 2008, she saw an opportunity--the BIS degree program.
The instructors did an excellent job of communicating their enthusiasm for material that might otherwise be dry.
Fran Marshall knew she needed additional training to take the next step in her career. Now a finance manager, she credits the Certificate in Accounting with helping her pass the CPA exam.
Attending the Command College was one of the best things that every happened to me.
"The program compelled me to examine my leadership style and to evaluate my performance more analytically. It helped me focus on ways to strengthen my leadership skills and led me to take a more critical look at operational issues.”
I was looking for a program that was management-based rather than technological in focus. The BPHM program met that standard.
A licensed physical therapist assistant for a company in Northern Virginia, Maier was beginning to take on managerial responsibilities, but it had become clear that her path to promotion would be blocked unless she earned a four-year degree.
I wanted to be an example to my son in real time and hopefully inspire him later to do something similar.
Jason Woodle was missing something: a college degree. Inspired by his toddler son and wife he chose the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program. He viewed the program as a second opportunity and he succeeded. After balancing life as a husband, stay-at-home dad, and full-time student he walked the Lawn in 2015.
I was determined to have as typical an undergraduate experience as possible.
Jerry Reid had always wanted to attend the University of Virginia, and realized his dream to be the ultimate Wahoo.
You get all the services you would expect from a university like this. It is amazing.
Every student has his or her own story, but Jesús Pino Aguilar’s is exceptional in that it encompasses not just a change of careers, but also a change of continents.
When I came for the interview, I felt right at home.
After completing her master’s in public health from Emory University, Joanna Moore took a job as a statistician at the Institute for Surgical Research (ISR) at San Antonio’s Brooke Army Medical Center. At the time, she knew almost nothing about the military, but the daily contact she had with wounded warriors changed her life. She didn't know then that her journey would lead her to the Post-Bac Pre-Med program.
Thanks to the program, I feel more confident pursuing positions of more responsibility knowing that I can meet the challenge.
Joceline Nahigian describes herself as “one of those people who really want to make a difference.” She decided that public service with the U.S. Department of Energy was her way of having the most impact. To increase her effectiveness even more, Nahigian enrolled in UVA’s graduate Certificate in Public Administration.
I've grown intellectually. You come into a program such as this with ideas about things. The program challenged my ideas...
College can be better the second time around. It was for Jody Knowles who will graduate May 21 from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree, with highest distinction.
The certificate program has been incredibly helpful and has reenergized how I think about my career.
Sometimes it takes a while to find a fulfilling career path, but, as Julia McDonald discovered, if you pay attention to the issues that arouse your curiosity, you’ll likely head in the right direction.
All the material we used was current...it provided the foundation I needed to begin building a career in cyber security.
Justin Chik knew that UVA would offer the high-quality education that he wanted to expand his skills in Cyber Security Management. Instructors in the online program provided timely and relevant material, with expert guest speakers and hands-on experiences.
Study abroad during January term was one of the best educational decisions I have ever made.
For Hennessee, the J-Term class epitomized the opportunities for personal growth that are at the heart of the BIS experience.
I chose the certificate program because its comprehensive coverage of the health care industry...was ideal.
Chen credits his enrollment in the Certificate in Health Sciences Management as an important ingredient in securing his present position. “The program was a differentiator for me,” Chen says. “I think I was asked to come in for an interview because my decision to pursue the certificate was seen as a sign of my commitment to the field. And once in the interview room, the perspectives on health care I brought from my courses helped me make a better impression.”
How fun is it to be a learner for the sake of learning...SCPS makes that possible.
As Kelli Palmer sees it, knowledge is a way to merge her personal interests with her career. When her career demands a new skill set she seeks personal and professional development from SCPS.
While the program is necessarily rigorous, the directors go out of their way to help you master the material.
After earning a Ph.D. in English, Lee Spitzer was inspired to enroll in the Post-Bac Pre-Med program after working with cancer patients and caregivers through a creative writing program he developed at Washington University’s Siteman Cancer Center.
I wanted a program that was affiliated with a real university. I felt it would have more credibility...
Louise Van Diepen intends to work as a financial planner, perhaps on a pro bono basis. She was inspired by a conversation with a fee-only financial planner helping her niece and nephew better manage a bequest. “She made the point that as a financial planner, you can really make a difference in people’s lives,” Van Diepen says. “I was intrigued.”
When I was accepted into BIS, it was a dream come true.
For most of her adult life, Marion Dobbins had set her heart on earning a degree from the University of Virginia—but her first priority has always been her family.
It’s very important to me to set an example for my three children.
First-generation BIS student Marisela Perez, balanced a career and family life while fulfilling her dream of earning a bachelor's degree.
I gained an understanding about why I was good at some things and not so good at others.
The Command College really helped me connect the dots. It gave me the tools to be a better leader for a larger group of people.
The experience of working at a shelter while a BIS student helped me make up my mind to go on and pursue a nursing degree.
After serving hundreds of successful Charlottesville lawyers and business people, Michelle Linnekin decided it was time for her to do something different with her life. She enrolled at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC), completed her Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) prerequisites, and was admitted into the program.
My professors all work during the day in contract and project management, so their courses were highly relevant and up to date.
Molly Mimier knew she needed to acquire more skills to fulfill her passion for helping others. She earned two certificates--Project Management and Procurement and Contracts Management and spent time working in Peru helping to protect the environment.
I always thought I would finish my coursework...but I didn’t know how. I needed a part-time program that met at night.
Phil Kleinheinz always knew he would achieve the goal he started 30 years ago. Thanks to the BIS program and the UVA educational benefit he finished what he started and received his bachelor's degree. He has performed so well during his second stint in college that he had been elected to the Raven Society and inducted into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society and the Golden Key International Honor Society.
Completing the graduate Certificate in Project Management gave me the trajectory I was looking for.
Capital One encourages its employees to pursue professional development opportunities, and Vesey decided that project management would be the next logical step forward. “I liked that UVA offered an online program that I could fit into my schedule,” he said. “And I thought that a credential from the University of Virginia would be particularly meaningful.”
What I like... is that it’s not about writing papers, but learning skills and techniques that can help you do your job better.
Driven to expand her knowledge in her field, Sallie Anthony found the Certificate in Digital Marketing just what she needed to advance in her career.
If I hadn't had the flexibility to take classes in the other UVA schools, I don't think I would be in the position I am in now.
When Sara Teaster entered UVA's master's program in Urban and Environmental Planning in fall 2009, she felt well equipped to take on the challenge, thanks to the experiences she gained while earning her BIS degree.
Thanks to the BPHM program, I am in a better position to contribute to my organization and to advance.
Changing careers can be a stressful, but Dubaniewicz is managing the transition successfully, thanks to the energy she is applying to the task and the methodical approach she is taking to building a new future. Completing the School’s Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Sciences Management program is a key element in this plan.
I apply the knowledge I gained virtually everyday.
Seasoned HR manager, Tim Nicely, was looking for an opportunity to enhance his knowledge in management and finance. The Certificate in Leadership allowed him to gain the skills he needed while earning a valuable credential.
I thought that getting my degree was just going to be work. As it turns out, I really loved school.
In some ways, Tim Wagner’s success was his undoing. The founder and president of a flourishing association management and publishing company, he logs 100,000 miles of air travel each year serving a growing client list.
At every step of the way … UVa’s Post-Bac faculty and staff were welcoming and ready with insightful and helpful advice.
As a student at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Tommy Rappold is pursuing his dream of a meaningful life.
I had always dreamed about getting a degree from UVA, but it always seemed out of reach.
Tori Hobgood suspected that without a college degree, her prospects were limited. Her suspicions were more than confirmed when an interviewer from a global consulting company told her that, despite her extensive work experience, he could never recommend her for a government contract with just a high school diploma.
I had already gone through leadership training. The Command College helps you take your skills to the next level.
Tracie Craner's decision to attend the National Criminal Justice Command College is the latest example of her efforts to extend her proficiency as an officer and a manager.
The knowledge I gained from the Command College helps me every day as a bureau commander.
A year after Victor Mitchell completed the NCJCC, he was promoted to lieutenant. The Command College went a long way in helping him achieve that goal.