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  • After 30 years, Ronda Falcone says she is not an employee of Bryant & Stratton College. Rather, she is a member of an extensive, loving family. During her early days as an admissions officer she enrolled her first student at the College, Mary Brown. Falcone still receives an annual Christmas card from Brown and her family. “That speaks to the connection we have with our students,” Falcone said. “That works for me.” Falcone is celebrating 30 years with the univer...

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  • It took just sentence to change Robert Taylor’s life. At 36-years-old he was working for Tyson Foods, hanging live chickens on the processing line. He needed to take a vacation day but the forms in his building had run out. He went to HR to get one and offer to take more back to his building. The human resources agent blew him off and said he’d print them later. “He disrespected me. He could have taken 10 steps and given me that form,” Taylor said. “I wanted to c...

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  • Robert King came from a family that owned a small business. He had a solid professional background. But he wanted more. He wanted to own his own business. Bryant & Stratton College helped him reach that goal. King, 33, of Richmond, Va., earned an Associate’s Degree in Business in 2011 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 2013. He said school administrators were careful to guide and support each student through their degree program. “It is almost unimagi...

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  • Edward Krohn wears a lot of professional hats. At Bryant & Stratton College, he teaches courses in business principals and strategic and global management. In the civilian world, he works for the Navy Federal Credit Union. And as an Army Reservist placed on active duty, he is part of the Global Forces Management Team at Fort Bragg, N.C. Krohn returned to the classroom, however, to help him further develop one of his favorite roles - as the coach of the local high school debate team. At ...

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  • Latesha Banks tried two different college degree programs after high school, and neither worked for her. Banks had a good job in the customer service department of an insurance company, but she wanted more. So, at age 22, she made a plan to get herself through college and on a path to a career in the insurance industry – with more pay and more responsibility at every step. “I wasn’t clear on what the ultimate goal for myself was,” Banks said in a recent interview. &l...

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  • Steve Taravella first stepped through Bryant & Stratton College’s doors in 1986. The associate degree he earned then helped him land a job with a company that has offered him upward mobility for 30 years. He entered in the accounts payable department. Today Taravella, 52, is assisting the company’s lawyers with paralegal duties. “Over the course of many years my job has evolved as the business evolved,” Taravella said. “At one time we had only one paralegal ...

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  • Money was tight. Full-time work coupled with a full class load meant little time off to take. It was not a good idea. But at some point, Leah Doperalski and her friend decided to just go for it. And the pair headed to the steep mountains of Jamaica for a week with a non-profit troupe of medical volunteers. That was the moment that changed Doperalski’s life. “I fell in love with it,” she said of the quiet village of Hagley Gap, which teeters at the top of the island destination amid the Blue...

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  • Nikki Ninmann had intended to be a nurse. Several years ago, she began nursing school and was working at a local hospital. But, each day as she worked with patients, especially those who came in with injuries due to a criminal activity, she became more interested in what happened before they arrived and after they left her care. “I realized I enjoyed I really enjoyed the criminal side of things,” she said. “I decided to look into schools and see if a criminal investigation degr...

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  • When Elizabeth Cotroneo-Wheeler stepped onto the stage to speak at her college graduation she looked out into the audience and individually thanked each of her three young children. The looks on their faces, Elizabeth said, was worth every difficult or stressful moment during the two years she worked to stand there that day. "My oldest child said if I could take classes while taking care of them, then he could do it," Elizabeth said. "They really enjoyed being at the ceremony to take part in m...

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  • Working as a cashier in a grocery store, Kris Akins knew enough about the business world to realize that it offered many opportunities, but a college degree would be necessary to make the most of them. Her goal was to get a degree with a broad focus so she could use it in many different ways. She found that the Bryant & Stratton College Online’s associate degree in Business offered just the approach she was looking for: a broad-based business curriculum offered in a convenient format ...

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