August 2015

Four amazing graduates who overcame everything from cerebral palsy to childhood predictions that “you’ll never go to college.” A mother who is proudly starting this school year as a brand-new fifth-grade teacher, her dream since she was in middle school. A master’s-educated nurse who used to aspire to be a

Can you feel that in the air? It’s back-to-school time, and even though the traditional academic calendar doesn’t apply at WGU, many of us Night Owls have kids in K–12 or even college classes that do follow the standard semester model. For those students, the end of August and beginning

Baguettes: They’re not just for picnics anymore. Vicki Mazur is a math and computers teacher in California, the type of teacher who sees a need in her classrooms and fills it. For example, when she started teaching computer science after 15 years of being focused on math, she was dissatisfied

In the 15 years since Genevieve Kirch became WGU’s first graduate , earning her master’s degree in Learning and Technology from WGU’s Teachers College in December 2000, the online, competency-based university has grown. A lot. We’re on a mission to help working adults across the country earn the bachelor’s and

It’s another record-breaking graduating class! And what’s more, it’s the class that got us to a new, amazing milestone: 50,000 graduates and counting since our first grad earned her master’s degree in Learning and Technology back in December of 2000. This particular class—which includes graduates who earned their degree from

Theresa Taylor received respectable grades in high school, was awarded a scholarship for college, and enrolled right away. Although her career goals and aspirations were undecided at the time, it had always been her plan to obtain a college degree. Her father had been successful, but did not graduate from

Vickie Witt is a teacher at Windy Gap Elementary School in Franklin County, Virginia, where she also has library duties. She has a master’s degree in reading and loves sharing a love of books with kids. In 2015, “love of books” includes e-books, and reading electronically is going to be

If you’ve ever sat through a grade-school math class, the image of a teacher standing at the blackboard and covering it with numbers and numbers and more numbers is a familiar image. And probably one that doesn’t fill you with excitement. Jonathen Willinger, who teaches fourth- through sixth-grade math and

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