June 1, 2016
We asked Cheryl Frederick, "Why is education important?" She said she first realized how important education can be as a child when her single mother's job prospects improved after graduating from college.
Education really can change lives. Educated individuals have potential to earn a better living either through higher salaries or income stability. Society benefits from the skills and knowledge educated individuals apply and share through their interactions in their community. Society benefits from the salaries spent by individuals with high paying jobs. Thanks to communication technology, these contributions can be shared at a global level.
I was interested in the use of technology in education since studying for my master's degree in computer engineering. My thesis topic was on computer aided instruction. I worked in the discipline of computer science for many years but became intrigued with the use of technology in online education. About 10 years ago I made a career change to dedicate my life to online higher education.
I grew up in a small town and was raised by a single mother. I watched my mother's job opportunities improve after she finished her college degree. This instilled how important education is and I made a decision at a young age that I would go to college. I always loved STEM-related classes and the latest innovations in technology. Education has allowed me to participate in the forefront of the application of innovative information technology and to connect with very interesting individuals. I have had the privilege of working for some amazing companies, on interesting projects, and been able to see different areas of the country due to work travel.
Summer is here and that - hopefully - means a few more free hours to use catching up on some reading. We asked people across SNHU what they're reading this summer and what they recommend.
Refugees are not the hopeless faces often featured on the news. They are hardworking, talented people who are smart, able, and can pursue higher education if given the opportunity.
Timothy Woodward grew up in a small town in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in film and writing in California and an MFA in Fiction from SNHU.