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Education Powers Velazquez’s Drive

Education Powers Velazquez’s Drive

By Dan Silvia, Communications Manager

Jorge Velazquez is on the right track. The product of Omaha Central High School first completed his associate’s degree through Metro Community College before earning his Bachelor of Science in Business through Bellevue University in 2015.  Velazquez plans to use the knowledge he picked up throughout his educational career to continue moving up the ladder.


What led you to select Bellevue University to pursue your Business degree? How did you first hear about Bellevue University?  Gina Ponce (Director of the University’s South Omaha Outreach Program) was the reason I went to Bellevue University.  She worked with me by encouraging me to pursue my education.

What did you enjoy most about your Bellevue University experience?  The instructors were very helpful when teaching different ideas related to business.  I enjoyed being able to go through classes with the same people. That really helped when doing projects.

Was there a particular professor or class that stood out for you?  The Kirkpatrick Signature Series was very challenging.  I really liked the different concepts that series offered.  It taught me to see different points of view.

Where did you get the most support for your academic endeavors when you were in school? Valeria Henderson (Student Experience Specialist) worked with me.  She made herself available anytime I had questions and was very supportive of me as a person. I also want to thank my family, especially my son Brandon, for helping me through this.

I understand you went to Metro before coming to Bellevue University. What was the transfer process like? The transfer process was very easy.  All my classes at Metro transferred to Bellevue which allowed me to finish my degree at Bellevue in a short amount of time.

What did you enjoy most about your experience at Metro? Metro really encouraged me to explore various educational paths and career opportunities.  The instructors work very hard to provide real world examples and encourage students to actively participate in class discussions. The college classes are very challenging for a community college.

What are your career goals? I want the opportunity to make a difference and contribute to the success of an organization.  As I grow my career as a manager, I want to be able to share my knowledge and experience with future work generations in a way that will help them learn and grow with the company.

What would you tell someone that was interested in attending Bellevue University? 

I tell people that the experience is worth the time and effort.  The programs provide real world situations and the hours work for busy working adults.