Ohio Community College Grads Find Further Success at WGU

Ghana McGowan
Graduate, Sinclair Community College
WGU student, MBA Healthcare Management

“Earning my degree has sharpened my business acumen and reinforced that there is nothing I cannot do.”

Ghana McGowan My journey through higher education began in 1989. I graduated high school with no concrete plan for what would be next. I had a spinal fusion as an adolescent, and that time spent in medical facilities sparked an interest towards medicine. But I did not have a strong support system, and the inability to pay for college damped those thoughts.

I knew I had to go to college, and attending Sinclair Community College seemed like a good place to start. I completed my first year and I welcomed my first son into the world. My boyfriend and I were thrilled and ambitious and we decided to relocate to California to start our new life.

I enrolled in San Bernardino Community College. While waiting to meet the counselor, I talked to two middle-aged women who were friends and enrolling in the nursing program. They talked about how they always wanted to be nurses and now that their children were grown, they could. They told me that I would make a good living, I would be able to take care of my family, and I would be able to help others. I decided that day that I was going to be a nurse.

I started taking the prerequisite courses for the nursing program. I quickly learned this was not going to be an easy task. The coursework was very challenging, but I was determined. Before long I completed a year, and I learned I was expecting my second child.

Fast forward a couple of years. I was accepted into the nursing program. I was enjoying school and the California weather, but I missed the four seasons and my family. I transferred to Sinclair Community College in the nursing program.

I endured many personal obstacles during my years at Sinclair, but there is a great community of support. Anytime I began to burn out, there was always a teacher, a counselor, or a classmate that encouraged me to keep going. While at Sinclair, I made lifetime friendships and built a solid foundation for my nursing career.

In 1997, I graduated from Sinclair’s nursing program. In 2000, I completed my B.S. from Wright State University. In 2009, I completed my family nurse practitioner degree from Indiana Wesleyan University.

This year is my twentieth year as a registered nurse. Today, I work as a family nurse practitioner, and in July I will receive my MBA in healthcare from Western Governors University.

I chose WGU due to the low cost of tuition and the flexibility. The unique feature about WGU is the ability to go at your own pace. The fact that the cost of tuition over the term does not change, regardless to the number of courses, has been an incentive to work harder. I would tell someone considering WGU to go for it—but be prepared to work hard and focus on one class at a time.

Earning my degree has sharpened my business acumen and reinforced that there is nothing I cannot do. This all started with the education and support I received from Sinclair Community College.

Those two women I met all those years ago were right. Being a nurse has offered me and my children stability and endless career opportunities.

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