I enrolled in the RBA Program because it seemed to be the best fit for me. It's designed for adults who have been out of school for more than 5 years. The RBA Program made getting a degree a realistically obtainable goal for me. Having a full time job, along with being a wife and mother, isn't conducive to also being a full time student. There isn't enough time in the day for everything, and I'm not in a position to quit doing any of those things. The RBA Program's flexibility allows me to take classes at my own pace and the Portfolio Program enables me to convert my prior work experiences into college credits. Both of these options motivate me to keep moving forward in my degree because I can see real progress, without sacrificing my job or time with my family.
When I graduated high school, I chose to forgo college and started a career at a large corporation. I worked there for 13 years intending to retire, but they laid me off in 2011. I had no formal education nor a plan B, so I really didn’t know what to do. Determined not to be defeated and to show my daughters the power of tenacity, I entered a vocational program in electrical technology and became an electrician. However, I still wanted to pursue my degree so that I would always have something that no one could ever take away from me again. I chose to enroll in the RBA program because it was a perfect fit for my life, and I knew I could tailor it to suit my former life experiences as well as use credits from the 5 year electrical apprenticeship I am about to finish up through the National Joint Apprenticeship Training Alliance.
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