Not All Testimonials Come From Students

Several members of our faculty are also considered “non-traditional students,” which is the vast majority of Brighton’s population, so it’s important to remember  This testimonial is from our Director of Student Services, Sean. Sean is a recent graduate from an online program, so his testimonial speaks to the life our students also live while being a full-time worker with families and responsibilities and how to fit school into that:
“What is a Non-Traditional Student? According to “Non-Traditional Student Populations Network,’ the non-traditional student is anyone who is not a first-time, full-time, straight out of high school, living in residence, college student. These students are outside of the general population of college students, they decided to take a path other than pursuing education and are now returning to colleges to gain the knowledge necessary to stay relevant in todays economy.
Brighton College focuses on this population of student with our current student population age being between 25 and 34 years old. As the Director of StudentServices, our department is focused on helping these adult learners obtain their education goals by understanding the needs of our student population. Therefore, as part of our continued commitment to help students continue in a path of success, we are creating a student resource page with national and some local organizations that can help students pay for the gas/water/electricity bill, transportation, food, prescription medications for free/reduced cost, and provide other social services, which could help prevent a student from putting their education goals on hold.
I have been in a situation which ended my school career, which then defined me as a “Non-Traditional Student”. I started college directly out of high school, I studied for two years at a local community college on campus with hopes of transferring into a four-year institution to obtain my Bachelor’s Degree. However, in the transition to a four-year college, my family was struck with devastating news and I put education on hold to focus attention on the important happenings in my life. Nearly three years later, still no school, nothing to show for, I was unable to apply for positions in which I could better my life due to not having a degree. As I watched my friends graduate when I should have, I had a sense of guilt and failure to myself and family. I was working a dead-end job with no marketability when I received a phone call to re-enroll and pursue my education, divine intervention, right?!
The transition from working a dead-end job to a student was difficult. Due to my work commitments, I needed to attend college online. During my first course, I was able to create a schedule to commit to my studies, after a grueling two years of putting my life on hold, I can happily say I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, not even that, but I graduated Magna Cum Laude. I did not do this alone, I had my wife support me through the whole process along with my friends and family that understood my studies came first.
The takeaway for our students and potential students, please know we are here to support you through your career with Brighton College, we are a mixed group of individuals with varying backgrounds that can relate to and understand the objections life brings our way. No matter the circumstance, our Student Services department is committed to you.”

Student Testimonials

When you type a school, restaurant, business, or store into Google, people typically look for 1 of 2 things: 1) the proximity to your location, and 2) how is it rated by other people who have gone there?

If you’re like me, I rarely write a review if I’m happy–unless there’s some sort of incentive, like 15% off my next visit or something like that. But man, I go on a keyboard rampage if I’m unsatisfied with my visit. And, especially if I’m home visiting family or friends, I let them know the problem so they don’t frequent the place(s) either.

As a society, we are more than happy to let others know when we’re mad…but it’s like pulling teeth to tell people good things about services. Well, Brighton College and The Paralegal Institute are changing that. We reached out to our students to ask them what they thought about us and I’ll be making posts about them over the next few months so you can rest assured we provide a quality education as well as the personal touch that other schools just don’t have.

“Kaitlin is amazing at her job! She has been such a big help and has answered all of my questions faster than I could have expected.” –R. Smith, LNC/NP Program

And, of course, I’m not biased since I’m Kaitlin. But I remember my college days and having to wait until office hours to ask questions, and it was likely that I forgot my question by then. For the most part, I’m incredibly accessible, which clearly pleases the students!

Have I piqued your interest yet? Ready to enroll? We’re ready for you!

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Don’t Just Take Our Word For It…

Listen to what our Curriculum Manager & Adjunct Instructor, Amanda MacDonald, has to say:

“Although, I was what you would call a “traditional” undergraduate student (i.e I went to college right after graduating high school, I went to school full time, I lived on campus, etc.), I am also a first generation college student. I was fortunate enough to be able to pay for college with scholarships and grants but I did end up needing to work part-time for most of my college career. In fact, I enjoyed juggling working and going to school so much that I immediately pursued my master’s degree as soon as I finished my bachelor’s degree! (Ha ha!) I really enjoyed the different professors and students I met and interacted with in my different classes. From the professor who praised my writing skills and encouraged me to pursue a graduate degree to the mentor who helped me connect to an internship that launched my career in curriculum, I had a lot of positive influences while in college. The human mind has always fascinated me so I really enjoyed hearing other people’s thoughts and opinions, as well as learning from their life experiences and sharing my own. Being open to lifelong learning is one of the best lessons I received during my college education. My experiences in college helped me embark on a path in which I am able to think more creatively, develop a more open mind to people and ideas, be willing to try new things, and share my own ideas with others. I treasure these experiences I have had and I hope you are able to experience precious, life-altering moments while pursuing your academic goals, too!”

See? It’s just not me. Now it’s time to see for yourself.

Job Security

21 years ago, a movie came out that was beyond the Science Fiction genre–Starship Troopers. This was a movie that had 30-year-olds portraying high school kids in a futuristic battle for the galaxy against creepy arachnids. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a spider person, but these things weren’t even close to spiders. I don’t even know how to describe them, but creepy is always appropriate.

What does this have to do with Brighton College? Hang on, I promise I’m getting there.

Earlier this week, President Trump signed a new branch of our military into existence: The Space Force. It seemed like it was a joke, or maybe a “light” moment to take away from the really heavy and tragic news as of late. However, he was incredibly serious, saying we need a branch that will help NASA keep Earth safe from asteroids and meteors and whatnot. Still pretty far-fetched and ridiculous, but okay. Ready for the point? Here it is:

Imagine being a military spouse who’s husband or wife gets assigned to the Space Force. Can you imagine the BAH?! Regardless of if your spouse gets stationed on the moon or across the country, one thing is for sure: it’s important for working spouses to be in a job that is transferrable. With Brighton College, it’s easy to get certified in a job that holds a lot of security: pharmacy technicians, medical coding and billing, paralegals, IT…the list goes on. Brighton offers so many opportunities that give job security that you wouldn’t have a bad choice here. Plus, if the U.S. Military is all of a sudden populating space with our troops, they’re going to need a few things: a pharmacy, some doctors/surgeons, places to eat, hotels…I mean, imagine how cool it would be to say “I was the FIRST pharmacy tech on the moon!”

We have 2 enrollment days each month. Our courses are affordable and more comprehensive than the shorter programs out there in the same field. And, depending on what program you choose (remember, you can’t go wrong with Brighton), we offer things like complimentary memberships to externship opportunities. In addition, you get a success coach to help you every step of the way. Now the only question is:

What are you waiting for?

Why Is Getting Your Degree Important?

Think about it. For as long as I can remember, I was told that the only way to get ahead in life is to go to college. I wanted to be a lawyer, so I knew college and law school were in my future anyway (turns out, Legally Blonde was wrong and you can’t get into law school based on looks). But, as time goes on, I’ve noticed that everyone has been told the same thing, so everyone had gone to college. So, to set myself apart, I went to grad school and got my master’s degree in education.

But now, everyone has a master’s degree! It’s insane looking for jobs and seeing “bachelor’s degree required,  master’s degree preferred.” When I graduated high school in 2007, only over achievers went past their bachelor’s. But as time has gone on, since everyone my age and younger have been told to go to college, it’s no longer a way to set yourself apart unless you go get a PhD–because really, even a master’s doesn’t do it anymore. So how do you set yourself apart?

By having skills that your competition doesn’t have. That’s where Brighton comes in. With all of our certificate programs, and even a couple of Associate Degree programs, we offer training to help you get the job. With our programs, as well, we offer a system called GradCast. It’s a program in itself that helps us get your resume ready and make sure it’s current and ready to be sent. Then, we send it out for you to up to 100 employers in your field in your geographical area–typically about a 20 mile radius. And, if you’re a pharmacy tech student, we also offer help for externships through CVS to help get your foot in the door. Do other schools do that? (Hint–nope).

When you’re going in for that accounting job, or that paralegal job, seeing that you have the formal training as well as certification through an accredited school, you have more skills than your competition if they just have formal training. It shows you went above and beyond to sharpen your skills, and employers love self starters!

Another thing we hear a lot, which makes some students hesitate, is “I’m too old for this, I don’t even know how to look for jobs now, no one will hire someone as old as me.” While it’s true that the student might have been out of the game for a while, mostly because they found a place they’re comfortable in and happy with, Brighton offers a ton of resources, not just GradCast. Kait, our Student Services Coordinator, recently ordered a book specifically for this concern. The book is called “Job Hunting After 50,” and it holds a lot of resources and help to get prepped. It offers practice interview questions that older job seekers might face, which will be a great way to get some of the nerves calmed down ahead of time. But really, with our education, our students know the material second-nature, so they already typically have a ton of confidence going in.

So why is it important for you to have a degree or a certification? Because in a world of specialties, you need to stand out. That’s where we come in.

 

Jack Of All Trades

No, not me. I mean, I’m good, but not that good. This post is about a lady who’s done so many different things with Brighton, it’s hard to keep straight.

Amanda MacDonald is an instructor and also was a success coach…until a week ago. I took over her students for success coaching, and Amanda picked up the additional responsibilities as the Curriculum Manager. I asked Amanda to give her bio in her own words:

Hello! My name is Amanda MacDonald and I am the Curriculum Manager for Brighton College. I also teach the Child Development course. I have my bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education and my Master’s in Educational Technology, both from Arizona State University…go Sun Devils! I have a wonderful husband and two sons. My oldest is almost 7 years old and is in first grade. He is in a Mandarin Immersion program in school and it is so amazing to see and hear what he has learned so far! My youngest is 3 1/2 years old and loves doing everything his big brother and dad do! When I am not working, I love to play outdoors with my children and our big, fluffy Alaskan Malamute puppy! I am excited to work at Brighton College and help my colleagues make our curriculum relevant and engaging for all of our students! Thank you for choosing Brighton College!

Amanda is one of the nicest people to work with, and she’s such a hard worker that you know if you ask her to do something, she’ll do it quickly and accurately the first time she tries it. It’s not every day you’re blessed to work with such a great person, and I’m lucky I get to work with her every day! So maybe it IS every day! Well, at least for those of us at Brighton College.

Maybe you should join us and see why our faculty is amazing, and why the curriculum is 5-star thanks to Amanda!