Michael Perry had been working in the same industry for 20 years. Moving up in his company was the ultimate goal, but there was one thing in his way: no degree.
At that time, a co-worker was attending WGU and told Michael about the benefits of WGU's competency-based model. Michael knew this was a perfect fit. Being in the field for 20 years, he had acquired a lot of training, but had little college experience.
"WGU allowed me to take my already learned knowledge and use it to gain a degree with little impact on my life," Michael said.
The mentor relationship he had at WGU made his time a wonderful experience. His mentor was available when he needed him, guided him through the rough spots and inspired him to keep going.
"My WGU education has made me more marketable in the hostile work force that exists today," Michael commented.
Michael is currently the regional supervisor for Rio Tinto Alcan in Utah.