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Application of Knowledge

by Paul Sullivan - MHA

Hello Fellow learners;

I began my journey at Capella just over a year ago. I have about 16 more credits before I complete the program. I am a teacher and a Substance Abuse/Mental Health Counselor in Albany New York.

My experience at Capella has enabled me to learn new concepts in the field of Healthcare Administration. Although I have been in healthcare for over 10 years, I have no experience with what is needed to be an administrator. My gut told me to pursue a program that I had a strong base with (education, chemical dependency), but after consulting with colleagues at work, they strongly suggested attempting something new. I was very nervous and hesitant because of my lack of experience and knowledge.

For any and all who might have similar fears, let me reassure all of you; the instructors are great. They are patient, full of knowledge, and willing to help and provide what is needed to pursue and achieve my/your goals. What I really find helpful is that the assignments provide for direct application as to what is going on in healthcare currently. The projects enable learners to apply what they learn to the field of healthcare each and every day on the job.

For those that do not currently work in the field, what better way to “get your feet wet”, so to speak. The opportuniy is here, trust me, all one needs to do is commit and apply oneself. The instructors are more than capable of providing the direction and knowledge needed.

I wish all of you the best and hope your experience at Capella is as fulfilling as mine has been!

Thank you
Paul Sullivan

 
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Adjunct Professor

by Hudson Cutno, Jr. - MS Public Safety, Emergency Management

I was approaching the end of my Masters program with Capella in March of 2012, when a co-worker asked me if I would be interested in teaching at a local University. I replied yes, he put me in-touch with the school’s director and in less than 15 mins, I had a potiential job offer to head the Emergency Management Program for Upper Iowa University, Jackson Barracks campus in New Orleans.

Upon graduation from Capella’s Public Safety program the job offer became a reality. I’m now an adjunct professor teaching EM at the University. It has been a dream come true and I truly enjoy what I’m doing. So much so that I’ve applied and been accepted in the PhD. program for Public Safety, Emergency Management at Capella. Looking forward to having the Title of Dr. Hudson Cutno, Jr. I encourge anyone that has taken the time to review the program to take the next step and do it, you won’t regret the time or the experience.

 
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Administrator In Training Program

by Geraldine Wheeler-Harris - Master Healthcare Administration

I have been selected to participate as an Administrator In Training with the State of Texas. This program will give me the skills and experience I need in the future for working at Nursing Homes or Hospice facilities…what a wonderful opportunity. Thanks to Capella for providing a good learning environment.

 
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Two for the price of one

by Jerome Brothers - Public Safety: Criminal Justice

I received my Master of Science degree from Capella University in September of 2010, since then, I have accepted a job with Tiffin University teaching online courses in their Criminal Justice department. Additionally, I earned my Post-Master’s Certificate in Education specializing in College Teaching (PSAE) at Capella and currently, I am working towards earning the Master of Science degree in Education specializing in Post-Secondary Adult Education and will graduate again in June of 2013.

When I saw the advertisement for the job at Tiffin, they were looking for someone who had a degree in CJ, Sociology, as it turns out, my undergrad degree is in Sociology and I thought that it was a perfect fit, so I applied and was offered the job in March of this year: Program Coordinator for the Youth Empowerment Juvenile and Restitution Program through the North Carolina Department of Public Safety/Division of Juvenile Justice in my city. This program is geared towards helping students maintain academic excellence. We provide services to students suspened for up to 10 days from the Elementary through High Schools.

 
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Starting with nothing, ending with success

by Elizabeth Wagner - PhD Public Service Leadership, Specialization Criminal Justice

I started the PhD Public Service Leadership Program, specialization Criminal Justice in 2009. Prior to starting the program, I only had one-year experience working death investigations for a busy medical examiner’s office. Without relevant working experience, it is difficult to get a teaching job in criminal justice. Although I knew I was capable of doing anything, I began to realize that I needed to prove myself. Once I discovered my dissertation topic (human trafficking and law enforcement responses), I began to search for different ways to gain human trafficking experience. I found a great human trafficking organization, the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking (FCAHT), and began volunteering as my counties human trafficking educator and trainer for law enforcement and service providers. This role gave has given me so much, but what I enjoy the most is that I get to work in the prevention of human trafficking. Because of this role, I have gained a very good reference, and I am now going through the employment process for teaching forensic investigations in a bachelor program at a local university! Without my volunteer experience, I likely would not have gotten as far as I have with the hiring process at Keiser University! I know volunteering is not always financially feasible, as it was not for me. However, I think there are great benefits to volunteering with your dissertation topic, and I highly recommend it.

I have no doubt that my PhD program has changed my life for the better. First, and most impressive, I have become a better person. I am objective today, or more objective then I was a few years ago. That may seem like something little, but I am a much better person and I know it is because of the program. My dissertation (graduating in a couple of months) has given me work that was not obtainable before I started the program. My life is changing for the better and that is a result of the PhD program!

In all honesty, when I started the PhD program I never thought in a million years such positivity would result. I hoped better things would occur with obtaining a PhD, but I admit I had many doubts. I worked for 16 years in the same field doing minimal work to pay the bills, struggling often. Today, everything is changing as my handwork is paying off. I would not change this incredible experience for anything! I will continue to volunteer for FCAHT post graduation in a couple of months and do what I can to prevent human trafficking.

 
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Graduate Professor

by Wayne Thompson - PhD in Public Safety

Since completing the PhD in public safety, I have received two full time offers for tenure track positions. I received a pay raise as an adjunct professor at the undergraduate level. I was recently hired as an adjunct graduate professor which would not have happened without the PhD. I am also hoping for promotion at my full time job in law enforcement.

 
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Case Manager

by Alacia Earley - Social & Community Services

I was recently hired as a Case Manager/Family Advocate with Reston Interfaith. I’m part of a 7 person team of Case Managers who all work with families to help them gain and maintain stable housing.

 
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Government employed and newly promoted

by Crystal Frazier - Human Services General

Since receiving my Masters degree from Capella I have been promoted to a GS 7 in the federal government. I have also joined the Federal Employed Women’s group or (FEW) where I have been elected the Membership Coordinator for the Sunshine Coast Chapter.

 
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Call for an interview

by Juliann Murphy - Management Nonprofit Agencies

After graduating in March I had planned to start looking for a new job. In April I received a call for an interview for a position that I had applied for in January while I was in my last quarter. In May I was offered the job and started in June. I hope to stay at my present position for 3-5 years and then move on a director’s position at a 501(c)(3) which was the reason I pursued the Management of Nonprofits degree.

 
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