New York City
When Linda graduated high school in the early seventies, there weren’t as many opportunities for women, she says. “It was pretty much teacher, nurse or secretary, and my parents thought that by entering the workforce straight out of high school, I could be making money for four years while my peers were in college.”
With that, Linda took a job in administration and later started taking courses at nearby community college. Then she got married and had kids. Then her kids were soon planning their own college education.
Linda recently heard about JetBlue Scholars and the opportunity to finish her degree.
“I wanted to know how I could get started right away,” she said. “Finishing my degree is something I’ve always wanted to do.”
Like many JetBlue Scholars, Linda had past coursework and on the job experience that was worth college credit. She had already earned her associate degree and Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification.
After reviewing her transcripts and certifications, Linda’s JetBlue Scholars success coach found that she had already earned about 72 of the 120 credits required for a bachelor’s. The next step was assigning Linda online college courses provided by JetBlue business partners.
At her current pace, Linda is completing about one course a month, and has already finished 14. She is currently taking courses on Straighterline and Study.com, and has also completed several courses on the Sophia platform.
“The platforms are easy to use and you can complete the courses at your own speed,” says Linda.
Through JetBlue Scholars, Linda is just a few online courses away from her bachelor’s in business management from Thomas Edison State University. She plans to finish this year.
We asked Linda if she was excited to get her degree. “If I can do it, anyone can do it,” she says with a laugh. “I’m out of high school 40 years.”