When talking with Aaron Hoosier and why he picked WGU Texas he stated very candidly, “It was very hard to explain to my professors at traditional brick and mortar universities that I am missing class to take my mother to chemotherapy or to her doctors. I found myself being docked whole letter grades they just didn’t understand. In my professional life as an HR manager it was a none-issue because I was around very supportive colleagues. You hear that careers can suffer when caring for elderly parents but it’s not just working careers that can take a hit. If you are in college your academic career can suffer too. That is why I am so thankful that I was able to find WGU Texas. Also the fact that I had to pass The Professional in Human Resources (PHR®) certification exam as part of my degree plane really gives me a great deal of personal and professional pride. Not only do I have the ten plus years of working experience as a human resources manager but I have professional credentials to highlight the value that I can bring to an organization.”
WGU Texas hosted its inaugural commencement ceremony in Austin, Texas on November 10, with more than 120 proud graduates from all over the state of Texas walked across the stage in a formal conferral of degrees. The commencement address was given by Dr. Stefanie Sanford, Director of Policy & Advocacy, United States Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, who reminded the students that “They’re creating history”
“We’re in a time of good sociological and mercantile change. Our educational institutions and people have to change along with it,” she said. “Not only are these students participating in a change, they are a change.”
This change that Dr. Stefanie Sanford spoke of started when WGU Texas (http://texas.wgu.edu) was established on August 3, 2011, through a partnership with nationally recognized Western Governors University by an Executive Order from Governor Rick Perry. As of date, WGU Texas' ground-breaking, competency-based, mentor-guided learning model has spread across the state, and enrollment at WGU Texas now stands at 3,300 students and growing.
For more information please view http://texas.wgu.edu