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  • Blake Wells

    Master of Science in Accounting, 2016

    Blake Wells is one determined individual. In just a few short years, he was able to work his way up from a server at a fast food restaurant to an accounting supervisor at a Forbes Fortune 30 corporation. Getting there was not easy.

    First, Blake earned his associate’s degree in accounting at Richland Community College and then went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in accounting at the University of Illinois–Springfield. He then found motivation to go back to school to further his education even more by earning a Master of Science in Accounting.

     Blake was drawn to Kaplan University because of the “high ratings, low cost, and the accommodations.” He says, “I wouldn’t have been able to earn my master’s degree in a traditional school setting, so the online platform was the only way I was able to achieve that goal.”

    At Kaplan University, time management was his biggest challenge. Blake admits, “With a full-time professional career in accounting, a family, rental property, and a small farm, time was a very valuable, hard-to-come-by commodity for me.” Although making time for school was challenging, Blake found the courses at Kaplan University extremely valuable and worthwhile. Today, he uses the material he learned in the classroom and applies it to his current position as an accounting supervisor.

    All of Blake’s hard work certainly paid off. Not only did he earn a 4.0 GPA at Kaplan University, but also received two promotions since he started his master’s degree.

    Blake’s advice to others who are interested in going back to school is “if you’re even considering it, do it now. When you finally do decide to do it, you’ll wish you had done it earlier.”

    Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

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