Monday, March 18, 2019
by Becky Slatin • email@example.com
BJC | The first BJC employees to earn degrees through Southern New Hampshire University’s College for America (CFA) program were honored Feb. 18 at a ceremony held at the BJC Learning Institute.
Heidi Landmeier, SNHU director of strategic partnerships, was the event’s guest speaker. She congratulated the graduates on their commitment to continuing their education as working adults.
“We are so proud and delighted to share in your learning experience, and I thank you for the opportunity to be here with you today,” she said.
Landmeier went on to tell the graduates that SNHU’s College for America now has more than 100,000 online learners across the country and offers 200 online programs that are now available to all BJC employees and their immediate family members. BJC currently has more than 100 employees enrolled in a variety of programs offered through CFA.
The three graduates in attendance all earned degrees in health care management from CFA. They were each introduced by their managers or fellow BJC employees and presented with their degrees by Landmeier. Each employee’s representative spoke highly of the graduates and their dedication.
Vicky Douglas, a lab technical coordinator at Memorial Hospital Belleville, completed her bachelor’s degree last year. She will celebrate 30 years at Memorial this coming June.
Douglas admits the CFA program wasn’t easy at first, since she hadn’t written a paper for a college class since the early 1990s. But she managed, thanks to the resources available through the program and her advisor.
Although she is still thinking about continuing her education, she says the program was a positive experience and she would recommend it to others.
“I think it’s an affordable option and can be done at your own pace, if you’re disciplined and commit yourself to doing the coursework,” she said.
Kim Rohrbach-Tunnell, CPhT, Barnes-Jewish Hospital outpatient pharmacy, earned her associate degree and has already begun her bachelor’s degree program in health care management through CFA.
“College for America is outstanding for working adults who have children, or those who want to further their education with the convenience of doing it at their own pace and online,” she said. “There’s an abundance of resources to assist with the courses. I believe anyone at any age should consider this program to advance their education and not hesitate.”
She hopes by continuing her education through the CFA program that she will eventually be able to move into a position with further advancements available and that offers additional challenges in her daily work.
Mary Aubuchon, who completed her associate degree, is also now working on her bachelor’s degree in health care management with a focus in communication and hopes to complete a master’s degree as well.
Aubuchon works in BJC’s planning, design, construction and real estate department as a project coordinator.
“College for America through SNHU understands how difficult it can be for working adults to juggle work and personal life while trying to find time, money and energy to attend traditional classroom-style courses,” she said. “Students are able to work at their own pace and set their own deadline, making for a less stressful competency-based educational journey.”
Aubuchon said she’s grateful for the support provided by both CFA, with low tuition rates and zero cost for books, and BJC’s tuition reimbursement benefit.
“Getting a degree has never been easier, thanks to BJC and College for America, and I highly recommend employees take advantage of this fantastic and potentially life-changing opportunity,” she added.
BJC graduates from Southern New Hampshire University-College for America include:
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3/27/2019 7:15 AM
Congratulations to all the graduates and those who are currently in the program exploring and succeeding in this new, competency-based style of education!