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“After dropping out of college six years prior to enrolling in the Multidisciplinary Studies (MdS) program, I didn't feel like there was much I could do that would utilize the credits and skills I learned previously without having to start from scratch," says 2014 CCE alum Christopher Bielke.
Tinen Iles has always been a biology buff with a love for the outdoors. Now, this recent Master of Biological Sciences (MBS) program graduate has combined these passions in her work studying hibernating black bears in northern Minnesota.
Brandon McNellis, the 2015 CCE Commencement student speaker, always knew he wanted to pursue a degree in business, but until the end of his sophomore year, he wasn’t sure of a specific direction. He chose Manufacturing Operations Management (MM) because he saw that this degree would give him a broad preparation for the many areas of business that interest him. The applied nature of the degree gave him real-world relevancy, and the flexibility of it allowed him to pursue a focus on supply chain management.
Bernard Gulachek put his undergraduate degree in speech communication to good work at his alma mater--in the IT field. And while at first it may seem off-course, after sitting down with him, one realizes that he is very much a people person, and what he's doing relies as much on communication and soft skills, as it does technology and hardware.
As the marketplace changes and the workforce becomes increasingly competitive, more and more people are discovering a bachelor's degree is no longer enough—an advanced degree is necessary for moving ahead in their current career, or switching fields altogether.
Joan T. Smith "fell in love with the U" upon a high school visit and joined the ranks of the University of Minnesota freshman class after finishing high school at the young age of 16. Her father, an accomplished accountant who passed away that year, would have been proud to see her earn a bachelor of science in economics and a master's in accounting. Her mother, an artist at heart who favored watercolor and piano over working in business, knew the importance of following what you love, if only from her own diversion from her passions. Even after her father's death, Joan's mother found a way to put Joan through college.
If you asked Trinidad native Nyoka Giles 15 years ago where she saw herself in the future, she might have guessed correctly the part about her running collegiately and pursuing a degree that would allow her to help others. The part about doing both in Minnesota--a place that is the (literal) polar opposite of her homeland, though... that wouldn't likely have been her first thought.
"Science intrigues me; it keeps me interested. There's always something different to explore every day. It's never the same," says Stephanie Fettig-Scholl, a 2010 graduate of the Master of Biological Science (MBS) degree program.
At the age of eight years old, Josh Dyba fell in love. Or at least in intense fascination. When a friend of his got an Apple II computer, Dyba was instantly intrigued with the new technology and worked diligently to convince his parents he needed one as well.