Student, Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication
Background: Betty Smith is enrolled in the online Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication with a minor in Criminal Justice. Online learning has provided her with the flexibility and convenience she needs as someone with a full-time job and three kids. She plans to graduate in December 2018.
Why she enrolled in the program:
I was originally enrolled in the BMS studies online, but I decided that I wanted something a little more specific then a completion degree.
On her experience with online learning:
I have an Associate’s degree in criminal justice from Central Texas College, I completed almost all of those classes online. UTEP offered way more support than that school, the advisors here are very supportive and awesome.
So far online learning is super convenient. I have a full time job and three kids, I would never have to time to attend traditional classes. Online learning allows me to complete my studies on my time.
What she plans to do next:
I think this degree plan will be useful across the board, both in public service and the private sector. I have always wanted to manage a police department or similar government office.
On the support available to her as an online student:
My advisor is great, I have spent a lot of time on the phone running "what ifs" by him. He helped me change my degree plan with ease and helped to be sure I have the classes I need and that I am enrolled on time.
I would choose this program again... out of the degree plans offered at UTEP Connect I still feel like this one is the most versatile and translatable across the board in any career path... I also feel like the communication skills I have acquired will help me in my personal relationships as well.
What she would say to a prospective online student: This program is very labor-intensive for me. However the work is interesting so it is not that bad. The principles I have learned in my classes at UTEP in regards to marketing and communication will be very valuable in any career path I find myself in. Even my personal life, I feel like I have learned a lot about others I never would have, otherwise.