Recently we had the pleasure of catching up with Jen Geoghegan, a student in City University of Seattle’s Bachelor of Arts in Management (BAM) program. As a driven, educated, working professional at Boeing, who has over 14-years of experience, Jen was an ideal candidate for CityU’s innovative performance-based BAM program.
This performance-based program, like others, enables students to demonstrate their knowledge and apply their previous professional training and college credits to earn a highly marketable degree. You can read more about this model here.
Here is our conversation with Jen…
Q: Tell us a little about yourself – where do you work and what brought you to City University of Seattle?
My name is Jen Geoghegan and I am a manager Buyer Furnished Equipment manager at Boeing. I have been with Boeing for 14 year starting as an hourly working in one of the parts warehouse, receiving, issuing and shipping airplane parts. After September 11, 2011 I was laid off from Boeing. During that time I went to a community college and got a certification in Medical Health Information Technology.
In 2006 I was recalled to Boeing as an hourly worker. My goal was to go into management within three years. I was attending classes at Edmonds Community College when I first returned to Boeing then I took a break from school for a couple of years.
I received some advice from my mentor and quickly realize that if I want to advance my career I needed a bachelor’s degree. Upon this realization, I started looking into schools. I was looking into University of Phoenix and then I heard about CityU’s BAM program. CityU’s advisors came to our work and talked to us one on one. They walked us through all the steps and how I could get a degree in two years.
Q: Why were you drawn to CityU’s Performance-based Bachelor of Arts in Management?
I was able to apply my knowledge from my years of work experience.
Q: What made this program different from others you looked at and how did or has this program helped you in your career?
CityU really walks you through everything. My adviser is great and kept me on task.
Q: What was your favorite course, why?
Believe it or not math was my favorite class. It was the teacher and how he cared about his students. After all these years I really understand math.
Q: Was getting a bachelor’s degree a goal of yours? If it was, tell us more about that and how this unique program helped you achieve this goal.
Yes, getting a degree is a big goal of mine. An education is something that you can never take away. I want to show my kids that it is never too late to follow your dreams.
Q: Who do you think this delivery mode – performance-based – is good for? Everyone or just a few? If just a few, who are they?
I don’t think I would be able to get a degree if it wasn’t for CityU. As a working adult I love being able to complete work around my schedule.
Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?
I will be a member of the class of 2016
Thank you for talking with us Jen!
If you want to learn more about this program or more about our other programs that offer a this performance-based delivery mode, please email CityU at email@example.com or call us at 1.888.422.4898.