Graduate Creates New Opportunities For Himself
Jul 24, 2012
National College is all in the family for DeWayne Stipe, a Danville, Kentucky Campus graduate who recently earned his associate’s degree from the business administration—management program. DeWayne, who began work in January as a Court Security Officer (CSO) for the Garrard County Sheriff Department, said he came to National at the recommendation of his sister-in-law, Patricia King who earned an associate’s degree in 2011 from the administrative office professional program and re-enrolled in the business administration-management associate’s degree program.
“I thought that I was too old but she told me there were people older than me here,” he said. “I was unemployed and not having any success finding a job. There [are] not a lot of opportunities out there, especially if you don’t have an education.”
DeWayne said that he uses the knowledge and skills gained in his communications, law, organizational management and computer courses daily in his job and the fact that he was earning a college degree gave him a leg up on the competition when he applied for the position.
DeWayne was nervous about returning to school but he said that instructors at National eased his fears. “I have test anxiety and phobia but I didn’t have any problems,” he said of the classes in which he received lots of one-on-one attention.
DeWayne felt so strongly about the training that he was receiving at National that when his wife, Brenda Stipe, lost her job, he encouraged her to visit the school. “I brought her over here and introduced her to everybody. I said ‘This is something you need to do,’” he recalled, adding that she’s now enrolled in the medical billing and coding program at the campus.
In his job as a CSO, DeWayne performs security checks and bailiff duties, serves papers, and writes reports. His favorite part of his job is working with the public and easing their anxieties during their visit to the courthouse.
DeWayne is proud of his new job but his proudest moment during his time at National came during the campus’s commencement ceremony in May. “I didn’t get to graduate from high school,” he explained. “It broke my mom’s heart not to see me walk across the stage and get that high school diploma so this was really special for her to see me walk across the stage and get my degree.”
DeWayne plans to continue his education. “I’m not finished. I’ve enrolled for the fall term at the Lexington Campus for the bachelor’s degree,” he said. “Stay positive and never think it’s too late or you’re too old to accomplish your goals.”
DeWayne Stipe works with the Honorable Judge Janet Booth (pictured on the left) in his new job as a court security officer.
Business: Business Administration Management - Associate's Degree (MGT)