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Formulas and Numbers Are Music to Graduate's Ears

Apr 28, 2014

As a member of the booster club for her children’s high school marching band, music is a big part of Judy Carpenter’s life, so she feels that her job working as an accounting clerk in Willis Music’s corporate office is a perfect fit for her. “I like this job a lot.  It’s fantastic for me, because my kids are very active in band,” said Judy.  “They just love music and I’m happy to see it.  It makes such a difference in their life.”

Judy was nearing the end of her business administration-accounting associate’s degree program at the Florence Campus when Willis Music contacted career center director Jeff Elmlinger to ask for his assistance in finding qualified candidates for the position.  “The career center director here emailed me and told me that somebody had called from Willis,” Judy recalled.  “I went in the next day and dropped off my résumé and they called me that afternoon and said, ‘Come on in here.’  My last class ended on February 10th and by February 21st I had a job.” 

Judy, a U.S. Navy veteran, came to American National University through the Veteran’s Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) which provides training in high-demand fields for unemployed veterans between the age of 35 and 60.  Judy said that she’d always wanted to go back to school and the VRAP funding gave her the opportunity to do so.

 “I was so tired of not having any money to spend,” said Judy, who had previously worked as a lunch lady in her children’s school.  “I’m a single mom, so times were tough.  Here I am at 50-plus going to school, but it was a good choice.  Everybody was so vet friendly.”

Thanks to the five-term schedule at National, Judy was able to accelerate her education and complete her associate’s degree in just 17 months.  “I loved how fast it went,” she said.  “If I would have had to do a four year program, I never would have come back to school.”

In her job at Willis, Judy works on financial statements, trial balances, sales plans, and performs many other accounting functions.  “The more formulas and the more numbers, the better,” she said with a smile.  “I’ve loved working with numbers all my life, and I don’t know why I didn’t do this a lot sooner.  It’s given me the opportunity to improve myself, my family, my life, and made me believe in myself.”

A-Veteran and graduate Judy Carpenter is working as an accounting clerk for the Willis Music corporate office in Florence. 

B-Graduate Judy Carpenter is a U.S Navy veteran.

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tags: Accounting: Business Administration Accounting - Associate's Degree (BAA)