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Alice Schmidt

POST-BAC PRE-MED
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Becoming a physician would give me the opportunity to learn more while giving back to other people.

Alice Schmidt spent the last decade, in her words, “as a 24-hour-a-day athlete.”  In 2002, she won her first NCAA outdoor title in the 800 meters.  In 2008 and 2012, she represented the United States in the Olympics, but she knew that her …

Alyce Brookfield

POST-BAC PRE-MED
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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.  Before enrolling in UVA’s Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program, Brookfield spent six years in primary school classrooms for Teach for America and later at …

Amanda Downing

BACHELOR OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
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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 …

Angela Mosley

POST-BAC PRE-MED
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The interview was like nothing else I had gone through.

As an African-American growing up in Cuba, Alabama, a small town not far from the Mississippi border, Angela Mosley saw health care disparities first hand. At Vanderbilt University, her experiences growing up inspired her to write her psychology …

Bryan Garey

BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL STUDIES COURSES
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It’s hard for adult learners to throw themselves back into a learning environment. SCPS provides a way for them to do that.

As an Assistant Vice President for UVA Human Resources, Bryan Garey has been responsible for Consulting Services and Employee Development, the latter of which provides learning and development opportunities for faculty and staff so they can be …

Caitlin Mulligan

POST-BAC PRE-MED
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What really made a difference for me is the quality of advising and the individual support you receive.
For some people, the path to medical school is not straightforward—which is why UVA’s Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program is so important.  An outstanding finance major at the University of Maryland, Caitlin Mulligan was on …

Carl Schwab

CERTIFICATE IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT
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Because the program was organized asynchronously, you could always find time in your schedule to complete your assignments.
Carl Schwab works for Navy Federal Credit Union, the largest credit union in the world, with over 4 million members and $54 billion in assets.  He heads an eight-person project management office for the credit union’s 2,000+ employee …

Cindy Orshek

NATIONAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMAND COLLEGE
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This is a great opportunity to expand your leadership potential and strengthen your overall skill-set.

Clifton Jones

BACHELOR OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
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I'm in a managerial position now. An SCPS degree provided the foundation for advancing in my career.

Clifton began his academic career at UVA as a biomedical engineering student in the rigorous Engineering School. But he discovered his passion was in the arts and he started applying his talents at a youth organization in Washington, DC. Now …

David Martin

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN LEADERSHIP IN HUMAN
RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
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This is a great opportunity to expand your leadership potential and strengthen your overall skill-set.
As a human resources professional at the University of Virginia, David Martin naturally thinks in terms of career paths. When contemplating his own future, Martin decided that additional education would be the key to advancement. “When I …

Debbie Spear

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN PROCUREMENT AND
CONTRACTS MANAGEMENT
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If you want to stay in this field, the UVA procurement and contracts management certificate is a great place to start.
It was the late 1990s, and Debbie Spear had just started working in government contracts for UnitedHealthcare when she learned about the graduate Certificate in Procurement and Contract Management that the School of Continuing and Professional …

Eric Wiegand

CERTIFICATE IN CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNING
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The faculty's real-life examples stuck with me, making it easier to remember key ideas when preparing for the CFP exam.
Eric Wiegand had set his sights on becoming a Certified Financial Planner.  His challenge: how to prepare for a rigorous exam while balancing his responsibilities to his family and to his then employer, Sandy Spring Trust in Olney, …

Erin Crum

COMMUNITY SCHOLAR
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When you enroll in a course at SCPS, you never know where it’s going to lead.
Erin Crum had a new baby, a new camera, and an interest in combining the two by taking better pictures. After completing an introductory course in photography, she signed up for John Hulburt’s  “Intermediate Digital …

Fran Bossi

BACHELOR OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
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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
Every year, Fran Bossi oversees the arrival and organization of more than 32,000 undergraduate applications for admission into the University of Virginia. So when the senior operations manager for the Office of Undergraduate Admission decided to go …

Fran Marshall

CERTIFICATE IN ACCOUNTING
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My professors did an excellent job of communicating their enthusiasm for material that might otherwise be dry...I would recommend UVA’s certificate program to anyone.

A painter by trade with a natural aptitude for accounting, Fran came to SCPS to prepare for the CPA exam and expand her career options. The Certificate in Accounting program not only prepared her for the exam, it exposed her to new topics and built …

Gary Settle

NATIONAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMAND COLLEGE
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Attending the Command College was one of the best things that every happened to me.
In January 2018, Governor Ralph Northam appointed Colonel Gary Settle to the post of Superintendent of the Virginia State Police. Although Settle has 32-years of experience and insight to draw on, he believes that the 10 weeks he spent at the …

Jackie Maier

BACHELOR OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES IN HEALTH SCIENCES MANAGEMENT
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The faculty are deeply engaged on an everyday basis with their students. And interacting with classmates working in different parts of health care was eye-opening.

Like many SCPS students, Jackie saw her path to promotion blocked by the absence of a four-year degree on her resumé. As a licensed physical therapist assistant, she found that the health sciences program was a perfect fit for her interests and …

Jason Woodle

BACHELOR OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
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I wanted to be an example to my son in real time and hopefully inspire him later to do something similar.
After graduating high school in Richmond in 1993, Jason Woodle studied briefly to be a nurse at Virginia Commonwealth University, then worked as a financial analyst at a large corporation and traveled the country as a point person for the …

Jerry Reid

BACHELOR OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
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I was determined to have as typical an undergraduate experience as possible.
When Jerry Reid finds something he loves, he doesn’t hold back. Irresistibly drawn to auto racing, he competed at tracks like Watkins Glen, Charlotte, and Daytona, driving Pintos, Porsches, or any vehicle he could get his hands on.  …

Jesús Pino

BACHELOR OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
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At orientation, everyone was kind and supportive, and they make you feel welcomed as a UVA student. You get all the services you would expect from a university like this. It is amazing.

Jesús came to SCPS by way of his home city of Córdoba, Spain, where he developed a passion for photography as the co-founder of a bimonthly arts and culture magazine. When he relocated to the United States for his wife’s job, he decided …

Joanna Moore

POST-BACCALAUREATE PRE-MEDICAL PROGRAM
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When I came for the interview [at UVA SCPS], I felt right at home. Everyone was really interested in what I had to offer as a person.

Joanna earned her MPH from Emory University and become a statistician at the Institute for Surgical Research (ISR) before joining the Army as an environmental science officer. After several years of service, including a deployment to Afghanistan in …

Joceline Nahigian

CERTIFICATE IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
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Thanks to the Certificate in Public Administration program, I feel more confident pursuing positions of more responsibility knowing that I can meet the challenge.

Joceline was already working with the U.S. Department of Energy when she decided to increase her impact with an SCPS certificate. As a working mother of two, she selected a flexible online format to develop her knowledge in key areas of public …

Jody Knowles

BACHELOR OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
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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 graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree, with highest distinction.

Knowles first entered college in 1979, attending …

Julia McDonald

CERTIFICATE IN LEADERSHIP IN HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
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Every student brought experiences to our classes and group projects that enhanced learning.

As a civilian security specialist for the Department of the Navy, Julia developed an interest in human capital management, and employee engagement and retention in particular. After earning her certificate, she was promoted into a new role as a …

Justin Chik

CERTIFICATE IN CYBER SECURITY MANAGEMENT
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All the material we used was current...it provided the foundation I needed to begin building a career in cyber security.
Justin Chik was working as a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton when he learned about UVA’s 18-credit graduate Certificate in Cyber Security Management.  “It sounded like a wonderful opportunity,” he says.  “UVA …

Karen Hennessee

BACHELOR OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
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Study abroad during January term was one of the best educational decisions I have ever made.
With graduation from the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) program fast approaching, Karen Hennessee wanted to make certain she had taken every possible advantage of the programs the University offers its students. One item on her bucket …

Kay Green

PUBLIC RELATIONS
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The primary goal I want to accomplish in life is to inspire someone, to challenge what is, and consider what can be...

Kearby Chen

CERTIFICATE IN HEALTH SCIENCES MANAGEMENT
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The program was a differentiator for me. 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.

After earning a bachelor’s in biomedical engineering and a master’s in commerce from UVA, Kearby decided to change careers from digital marketing to healthcare. He earned a certificate from SCPS and now works as Ambulatory Manager of …

Kelli Palmer

NONCREDIT CERTIFICATES AND COURSES
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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. She pursued a Ph.D. in higher education administration focusing on underrepresented groups because her grandmother was prevented from completing her …

Lee Spitzer

POST-BAC PRE-MED
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While the program is necessarily rigorous, the directors go out of their way to help you master the material.
J. Lee Spitzer was in his third year of graduate school at Washington University in St. Louis and becoming uneasy with the isolating aspects of scholarly life.  He loved Elizabethan literature and teaching undergraduates, but a series of deaths …

Louise and Vann Van Diepen

CERTIFICATE IN CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNING
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I wanted a program that was affiliated with a real university. I felt it would have more credibility...
Louise and Vann Van Diepen defy the stereotype about nontraditional learners. The typical continuing education student is assumed to be intent on gathering the knowledge and skills necessary to switch careers or advance professionally. Retirees like …

Marion Dobbins

BACHELOR OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
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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. She and her husband raised two daughters—Sheree and Jasmin—and …

Marisela Perez

BACHELOR OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
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It was very important to me to set an example for my three children. And earning my degree was a source of personal satisfaction.

As a part-time student and working mother of three, Marisela took advantage of flexible online learning and employer reimbursement to earn her bachelor’s from SCPS. She enrolled in BIS part-time, after earning her associate’s at her local community …

Matthew Hanley

NATIONAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMAND COLLEGE
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I gained an understanding about why I was good at some things and not so good at others.

When Lt. Colonel Matthew Hanley attended the National Criminal Justice Command College (NCJCC) in 2011, he was at a crossroads in his career. He was the headquarters’ lieutenant in the Culpeper Division, which covers 13 counties in Central Virginia. …

Michelle Linnekin

BACHELOR OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
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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.

There is something surprisingly motivating about waiting on tables. 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 …

Molly Mimier

CERTIFICATES IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND PROCUREMENT AND CONTRACTS MANAGEMENT
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My professors all work during the day in contract and project management, so their courses were highly relevant and up to date.
While working at a corporate law firm in Washington, D.C. to pay off her school debt, Molly Mimier began to look for a job that would satisfy her passions for helping others, traveling overseas, and protecting the environment. She was dismayed to …

Phil Kleinheinz

BACHELOR OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
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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 is the type of person who doesn’t give up easily. He left college in Ohio almost 30 years ago because he could no longer afford the tuition, but he never abandoned his dream of earning a college degree.  Now, thanks to the …

Ryan Vesey

CERTIFICATE IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT
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I liked that the University of Virginia offered an online program that I could fit into my schedule [while at Capital One]. And I thought that a credential from UVA would be particularly meaningful.

After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University and landing an entry-level position at Capital One, Ryan accelerated his career trajectory with a graduate certificate in project management from SCPS. He now works as a project manager at …

Sachin Anand

EMARKETING
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I work hard to guide my students through the changing landscape of digital marketing.

Sallie Anthony

CERTIFICATE IN DIGITAL MARKETING
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What I like... is that it’s not about writing papers, but learning skills and techniques that can help you do your job better.

Sallie Anthony was already deeply involved in digital marketing when she signed up for the Digital Marketing graduate certificate (formerly known as eMarketing) at UVA.  She was a digital strategist for Genworth Financial, a company that …

Sara Teaster

BACHELOR OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
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Completing the graduate Certificate in Project Management gave me the trajectory I was looking for.

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 Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies …

Stephanie Dubaniewicz

BACHELOR OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES IN HEALTH SCIENCES MANAGEMENT
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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 Stephanie 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 …

Tim Nicely

CERTIFICATE IN LEADERSHIP
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I apply the knowledge I gained virtually everyday.
Tim Nicely, the human resources director at Blue Ridge Community College, has a bachelor’s in political science, a master’s in occupational and technical studies, and 20 years of human resources experience.  However, he enrolled in …

Tim Wagner

BACHELOR OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
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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.  He has always …

Tommy Rappold

POST-BAC PRE-MED
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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. And for that, he credits UVA. “When I think about where I am now,” he says,  “it’s so obvious …

Tori Hobgood

BACHELOR OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
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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 …

Tracie Craner

NATIONAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMAND COLLEGE
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I had already gone through leadership training. The Command College helps you take your skills to the next level.

Ever since she started 30 years ago as an undercover narcotics officer for the University of Virginia Police Department, Sgt. Tracie Craner has worked hard to hone her skills, both as an officer and a manager.  In fact, she chose to work in an …

Victor Mitchell

NCJCC
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The knowledge I gained from the Command College helps me every day as a bureau commander.

Captain Victor Mitchell loved working with dogs. But after 20 years devoted to developing and leading the canine unit for the Charlottesville Police Department, he decided it was time to make a change. He took the sergeant’s exam and was …