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肯塔基州大学的学生在1989年被淘汰出续30年后赚取学位


By Lindsey Piercy
University of Kentucky

How do you define success?

在202年0 comes to a close and we prepare to turn the page on the calendar, it’s inevitable to think about what you have accomplished.

Did you live up to your expectations? Or did you fall short?

Some of those answers may depend on how you define success. Benjamin Scales has been chasing his definition for nearly 30 years.

在项目毕业的帮助下,从德克萨斯州阿灵顿的家中,本杰明秤开始了30年前他无法完成的东西。(现在来自英国)

“虽然我已经达到了”成功“,但我的一些小部分总是感觉像失败一样,”他说。

它是1984年的秋天,尺度是肯塔基州大学的一位新生,在他的帕迪加的家乡肯塔基州推广校园里。

At the time, he was a model student — eager to learn and give back. “I was active in volunteer work. And in my sophomore year, I was named class president.”

In an effort to broaden his horizons, Scales said goodbye to Paducah and moved to Lexington ahead of his junior year.

But his academic success didn’t follow.

“作为一个19岁的人,我不够成熟,以提出良好的决定,”鳞片召回。“我第一次离开家,我犯了很多缺乏年轻人的错误。”

Those mistakes had consequences.

他的成绩遭受了痛苦的 - 导致.8 GPA。在1989年,缩小的尺寸没有学位,没有一个未来的计划。

“I saw that others were successful in completing their degree program, and I had failed — miserably,” he said. “By not earning my college diploma, I felt like less of a person.”

Years went by — 30 years, to be exact. But that feeling of failure remained.

“Even after all of these years, that traumatic feeling of loss has never lessened or subsided.”

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But in the decades that followed, Scales persevered.

自1996年以来,他幸福地结婚了。作为基于德克萨斯州的屋顶咨询公司的尺度发展总裁,鳞片在建设领域拥有着名的资格。

“My Registered Roof Consultant credential was exceedingly difficult to attain,” he explained. “It requires years of experience, including countless hours of continuing education.”

完成认证引发了一个令人生畏的想法,但是,在三十年的第一次似乎是可达到的。“我现在认为是我回到学校的最佳时间并完成学位。”

随着预期和忧虑,衡量英国的尺度希望被预留。

项目毕业生is a statewide initiative to assist adult learners who have accumulated 80 or more credit hours to finish their bachelor’s degree. The program has been active at UK for more than 15 years, and the College of Arts and Sciences has paved the path for returning students, especially with its Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) degree.

“There are many resources available from the university to help make sure Project Graduate students can be successful,” Aaron Vaught, associate registrar, said. “Particularly, we offer a Project Graduate Institutional Loan that is the first of its kind.”

资源扩展到一对一的建议,特殊注册时间和BLS受限制的类别。为了帮助尽可能多的学生获得学位,在2018年春季提供BLS课程的倡议,并且不断增加更多。

Courses are also offered in eight-week sections for those who work full time and have other obligations.

With almost 350 students enrolled in the program since 2016, and 221 degrees awarded in that time, the program is helping many students fulfill their lifelong goal of obtaining a college degree.

Additionally, the Commonwealth has bold goals, and one of them is to reach 60% college degree attainment by 2030. UK plays an integral role in helping the state achieve success.

“Over the past two years, we have graduated more students through the Project Graduate program than we had graduated in the previous 10,” Vaught continued. “Some returning students may worry that with an institution as big as UK that it would be hard to figure out what to do, but that is why I am here — to help students find their way to a degree.”

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在项目毕业的帮助下,从他的房屋在阿灵顿,德克萨斯州阿灵顿,鳞片开始了30年前他无法完成的东西。

他回到英国,在网上空间,学术试验。今天,14名课程和16个月后,他毕业于4.0 GPA。

“这些错误的祝福是我从他们那里学到了很多东西,”鳞片说。“在全球范围的大流行和开始新的商业风险的中,我的致力于完成我的学位并没有动摇。”ope体育正规大网

Despite his commitment, coming back to college to earn a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies was no easy feat. Scales has a demanding schedule, but the Project Graduate program made the process much easier.

“I can’t thank UK enough for helping me in the initial stages of this journey. My counselor, LaCrystal Green, has been instrumental in guiding me through various classes. She has truly been my rock from the word go,” he continued. “The online experience has been flawless. This has truly been a life altering transition, and I’m so grateful to everyone that I have encountered along the way.”

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Success comes in many forms.

For Scales, it was never about money or power. Instead, his degree represents something more intangible.

“来自递交的自我赋权者,文凭是足够的推理,”他说。“这并不容易,但你开始越早,你越靠近让你的梦想成为现实。”

And now his dream — the one he’s been holding onto since 1989 — has come true. “I am a University of Kentucky graduate, and I couldn’t be more proud.”

您可以在线了解有关项目毕业的更多信息。

英国正在下午2点举行一个虚拟的开始仪式。12月星期五4.更多信息可以在分数网站上找到。

Lindsey Piercy现在为英国写作。


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