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Meredith Hurst

Advanced Paralegal Certificate, Paralegal Certificate

After practicing as a paralegal for about six years, I enrolled in the University of Delaware’s Paralegal and Advanced Paralegal Certificate programs to expand my legal knowledge, further my career and advance in my firm. I researched and visited several paralegal programs, and decided on the University of Delaware for its one-year timeframe, manageable cost, and its faculty of practicing attorneys. With the classes taught by attorneys with years of experience in Delaware law and the Delaware legal community, they were able to draw extensively on their own practical insights and experiences. Many times you learn from the books when

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Safiya Davis

Project Management Certificate

When I decided to pursue UD’s Project Management Certificate, I had not been happy with the trajectory of my career up to that point. I decided that a certificate program might be a good way for me to boost my skill set take my career in a more challenging and rewarding direction. The small class size and one-on-one attention from the instructor in this program were great. The instructor for this class was always available to answer any questions, and he also had a great sense of humor which is very nice after working a full day. I learned a

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David Sokola

Senior Fitness Training Specialist Certificate

Growing up I always enjoyed sports and fitness activities, and as a legislator have tried to encourage healthy lifestyle policies. When I learned about UD’s Senior Fitness Training Specialist Certificate less than a week after my retirement from DuPont, I had to explore the opportunity. The curriculum and instructor team were well thought out, and give the certificate candidates appropriate exposure to the many aspects of working with the target senior population. All of the instructors like their subject matter and genuinely care about their clients. The setting at the Hockessin Athletic Club is ideal for getting hands-on personal experience

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Nicole Hetrick

Business Analyst Certificate

I had been working as a business analyst for about two years when I decided to pursue additional training in my field. I chose UD’s Business Analyst Certificate because of its three-month, one-night-a-week timeframe, which allowed me to keep up with my full-time job and other activities. I also liked the in-classroom format, for the opportunity to interact with other professionals in this field. Hands down this was the best instructor I’ve ever had. The passion that he had for his field just shined through, as well as his commitment to participants’ successful learning. As a business analyst, our instructor

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Christian Kervick

Criminal Justice

Early on in my career with the Delaware Criminal Justice Council, I realized that my first college degree in political science was a great foundation, but I didn’t have all the knowledge and theoretical background necessary for working in the criminal justice field. Going back to school and taking one criminal justice course put me on a path to taking more courses. I enjoyed it and stayed with it, although there were certainly times it was a challenge. Working full time, it took a lot of scheduling and coordination, taking one or two classes most semesters. But once I started,

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Joe Messick

Analytics: Optimizing Big Data Certificate

Working at one of the largest professional services firms, my role is to ensure we’re bringing the latest thinking to help advance our clients’ business interests. Recently I saw a major opportunity to better serve my clients in the new and rapidly advancing field of data analytics. Before I could engage my clients and capitalize on this new opportunity, I needed to first invest time in understanding the key data analytic tools and methodologies and how to apply them to a variety of situations. There is an explosion of data that can be found in every industry and government agency

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Karen Gates

RN Refresher Online

I had been away from “active” nursing, and I wanted to refresh myself on what’s new in nursing since I completed my nursing training in 1995. I had been working as a chemo nurse in Virginia and loved it. When my husband was transferred overseas, I was able to work as a school nurse in Oman, and later as a health unit RN with the U.S. Consulate in India. I love being a part of making others feel better and I enjoy taking care of others. I loved the online classroom, and the faculty were great! The lectures were all

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Carmen Jordan-Cox Jordan-Cox, Ph.D.

Paralegal Certificate

The Honorable Carmen Jordan-Cox was sworn in this year as one of the newest magistrates of Delaware’s Justice of the Peace Court, having earlier completed the University of Delaware’s Paralegal Certificate with an eye toward expanding her involvement in the justice system. Until recently an associate professor in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, Dr. Jordan-Cox has also served as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for the Family Court of Delaware and is a board member of several public service organizations, including Connecting Generations, Inc., a youth mentoring organization in Delaware. I’ve always had

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Brenda Soto, PHR, MBA, CSSGB

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate

I learned the value of Six Sigma concepts when I witnessed the improvement of a large medical device operation that I supported as a human resources business partner. The tools and techniques learned in the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate gave me a broad perspective of the diverse functions and organizations that would benefit from this methodology, including the human resources field. Now that I have the experience and the certificate, I live and foster the culture of continuous improvement in every aspect of my work as an international talent management consultant and business college instructor. Getting the Six

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Cathy Kinney

“I started classes at UD right after high school, but then I decided that I wanted to go to work instead and dropped out of college. As I grew older I began to regret that decision. So, when I started working at UD, I took advantage of the free tuition for employees, and I began taking classes one at a time… that was all I could handle while working full-time, raising two children, and being a caregiver of an elderly relative. Although there were some challenging times, I remained steadfast and will graduate with my Associate in Arts degree in

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