Pursuing a doctoral degree is a major undertaking that requires a great deal of time studying, researching and writing. Yet for William Hyder, a retired Navy diver and DBA student, that reality was more of an attractor than a deterrent because it gave him the opportunity to invest in something he loves: learning.
Changing career trajectories can be a challenging process, especially if it means going back to school to earn a new degree. CityU alumnus Scott McClave knew that from experience, which is why when he was ready to change careers for the second time he wanted to expedite the process. So, he decided to pair his existing skills and experience with a graduate certificate.
Students who registered to compete were grouped into teams and introduced to a case study on Monday. They then had to use their business knowledge and creative problem solving skills to identify solutions, compile a business plan and create a formal presentation to deliver to a panel of judges on Friday.
City University of Seattle recognized Michelle McDaniel, a 2002 MBA graduate and the chief development officer at FareStart, with the university’s Innovation in Philanthropy Award on November 14 at a reception hosted by the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at CityU.
After graduating with his bachelor’s degree in economics, John Abrenilla worked for a few startups analyzing big data, and eventually found his interest in corporate investigations. He became a Certified Fraud Examiner and rose through the ranks from project manager to manager of investigations, but then hit a wall.
When she left school decades ago, Rebecca started a career in the restaurant and hospitality industry and worked her way up from a server to a general manager. Now, at 53, she’s going back to finish her bachelor’s in management.