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Case Studies in Career Advancement

Completing their bachelor’s degrees was a good career move for Jon and Amy Doty of Nelson, Nebraska, who received their diplomas at Bellevue University’s winter commencement exercises January 25.

Jon received a B.S. in Management degree and Amy, a B.S. in Adult Education. Both earned their degrees online. “We researched schools, and knew it would have to be online. We live in a rural area, and the only bachelor’s degree institution in our area did not offer the programs we needed. Bellevue University was highly rated and affordable,” said Amy, an English Literacy and Curriculum Instructor for High-Proficiency English Learners at Central Community College (CCC) in Hastings, Nebraska.

Jon, who earned an Associate in Applied Science and Welding Technology degree on the CCC Hastings campus in 2010, previously worked as a welder for an irrigation equipment manufacturer. He subsequently was hired as Second-Shift Supervisor at Ingersoll Rand’s Thermo King manufacturing plant in Hastings, which produces a range of commercial refrigeration equipment for the trucking, rail, and containerized shipping industries.

“A bachelor’s degree in Management was the next step for the career direction I was headed,” said Jon, who currently is pursuing a Master of Science in Management degree from Bellevue University.

“Both of our current jobs are a direct result of our Bellevue University degrees,” Amy said. “I recommend the University to anyone who asks.” She plans to complete a master’s degree in English at another university and eventually teach English with a specialization in rhetoric and composition.

“We both loved the way our degree programs fit into our work and life schedules,” said Jon. “They provided flexibility along with a charted course. We knew where the end was.”