Advice for a person with a unique CV

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Orville_third, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. Orville_third

    Orville_third New Member

    OK. I'm going to tell you about someone who is not a College Graduate- yet. This person has had a long and unusual history.
    He went to an elite boy's school and earned a number of AP Credits. He then went to the University of Georgia as a Pre-Med Major with Psychiatry/Psychology Minor. He left UGA and went to a certain then-unaccredited (and never regionally accredited) religious school (though not a degree mill...) as a Bible Major with a Greek Minor. He wound up being converted to religious opinions that conflicted with the position of said school, and wound up switching his major to Humanities, not long before he withdrew- and was then asked not to return. He wound up going to work at the family food-distribution business in the warehouse, but then was asked to learn about computers. After the food-distribution business closed, he eventually became a programmer/analyst and later a network administrator for a pharmaceutical company. After that company was bought out, and he left the company, he wound up going to work in computer security for an insurance company, and his section was taken over by IBM, for whom he now works as a manager in charge of security. (He also took economics courses at Furman University for a while.) Due to a stressful situation, he is considering leaving IBM and going to another company after a certain problem at his work is taken care of.
    My questions are:
    1. How would I be able to determine what experiences in his life would qualify for college credit? (I know the IBM training may be good for ACE Credit, depending on which courses he took.)
    2. Would the courses he took at the unaccredited school be counted in some form or fashion for possible college credit? (At the time he was at Furman, they did accept them as creditworthy, despite being from an unaccredited school.)
    3. What would be the best way to convince him to get his stuff together to try for a college degree?
  2. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    I generally don't try to get people to do things that they don't want to do. It rarely works and when it does the person usually regrets their decision in the end.
  3. edowave

    edowave Active Member

    Sounds like from what he has done and with maybe some CLEPs, he could complete a degree rather quickly. One of the big three would probably be the best option for him. (Thomas Edison State College, Excelsior or Charter Oak State College.) They deal with adult learners with varied backgrounds all the time.

    As for how to convince him to go through the idea.
  4. AGS

    AGS New Member

    have all of his courses evaluated.

    He could use his experience in computers as a major while use his pre-med background along with his bible credits as minors

    Have you ever heard of bio-informatics?

    if he has some relevant years working in computer securities, he should get a major on computer securities with some focus on bio-informatics- or biometrics which could balance out his pre-med courses.

    and use those bible courses as some liberal arts extras or bonus credits.
    i know there is a certification for RFID and Biometrics.
  5. heimer

    heimer New Member

    My take on #3, if he doesn't hold completing college as a personal conviction, the next best motivator is being denied a job or promotion due to lack of education.
  6. tomball

    tomball New Member

    THE SERVICE >>> Industry

    Try fast food, it's a unique career

    Or maybe the new WALMART* with their new logo.....
  7. tomball

    tomball New Member

    I joke about WALMART but my Brother works for them in MT and make 80k+ and has been employed with them since the mid-80's, owns a home, and a cabin nearby, and is sending his Daughter to UCLA MED School.
    (He holds a High School Diploma and a Black Belt in Kempo Karate)
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  8. Dave Wagner

    Dave Wagner Active Member

    Whoa. Let's back up. He has to decide whether to stay at IBM to weather this tough job market. He has to decide whether to even pursue finishing his bachelors degree. Those two decisions come before deciding where / how to finish a bachelors degree. In my opinion, he should stay at IBM and take advantage of their tuition reimbursement to get his bachelors degree finished.
  9. cookderosa

    cookderosa Resident Chef


    I'm with Dave. Also, I disagree that he has had a "long and unusual history." The 'bright high school student attends and then drops out of college to try his hand at working, makes an inroad but now sees that someone has moved his cheese' is just about the most common story ever. I don't mean any disrespect to your friend, but if the time comes that HE wants to earn a degree, the world his his oyster.
    Last time I visited the US Dept of Ed website, less than 50% of new freshman ever finish their degree. Only 35% of them do it in under 6 years. That means the rest of them (us) chop at it year after year- on and off- until something kicks us in the behind and says "get er done!" or not, and all they have to show for it is a relationship with Sallie Mae.

    I love helping people!! I also have buckets of friends that I WANT to help, but can't.
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  10. emichele20

    emichele20 New Member

    I agree finish out the degree and use IBM education resource before moving on.

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