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Washington enjoys his job as a resident childcare assistant for a local
children’s home, and he has been there for nearly 10 years. He is responsible
for covering treatment plans with residents, completing paperwork, arranging
medical needs, addressing behavior issues, and de-escalating situations.
Gerod couldn’t progress in his career unless he had a college degree. With a new wife and four children to
support, he wanted to build on his experience and increase his opportunities
for advancement, and also to serve as a good role model for his family.
nervous about the prospect of going back to school after so many years, but his
wife and children were his biggest cheerleaders and he caught on quickly. “I
was worried about the logistics of taking online classes. Would I be able to figure out how to
log in? Would I get to the classes on time? It felt like a foreign world,”
Gerod said. His other fear was if the classes would be challenging for someone
like himself, who has been in the industry for a long time. His concerns were
quickly put to rest.
than I thought, I got the hang of going to school online. I had a few glitches in the
beginning, but once I got comfortable and settled into a routine, everything
then went smoothly.” Gerod found the bachelor’s degree in human services curriculum to be very stimulating and
particularly enjoyed the live seminars. “I didn’t know what I didn’t know! I
put my newfound knowledge to use at my job from day one. I especially enjoyed
working on the papers. I was really motivated to do the work and to get good
professor was so unique,” Gerod added. “In my previous college experience, I
never spoke up. At Kaplan University, I never felt like anyone was judging me.
I felt comfortable asking questions online, and I was able to take the time to
write down my questions and think them through. I felt like I really had a
felt like he was able to get to know his Kaplan University professors and found
it easy to connect with them. “My instructors were always available and quickly
responded with thoughtful, thorough answers and suggestions.” Gerod liked their
creativity and the fact that they worked in the real world. “They talked about
their own experiences to keep the class interesting and engaging. Textbooks
sure can’t do that!”
surprised at how much he enjoyed the interactivity of the online classroom. “It
was great networking, and I enjoyed learning about my classmates’ experiences.
I wasn’t afraid to speak up and talk about my experiences either. I loved the
informal conversations we had in the chat rooms before the professor started
As a result
of recently earning his degree, Gerod feels much more confident that he will be
able to progress in his career in human services. “Kaplan University helped me to
improve what I am doing and extend my knowledge about different areas in the
field. Now I have the ability to be in the administrative area in the future!”
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