“My mother was smart and loved college; it was important to her for all her children to get a college degree,” Herrington says. “She has nine children, seven with bachelor’s degrees and five [with] graduate degrees. I wanted to show my mother she was right. I could finish my education.”
The Kansas City Police Department partnered with University of Arkansas Grantham and agreed to paying for a portion of his education — making UA Grantham an easy decision. Herrington recalls the enrollment process as a smooth and effortless one, designed to support success. That’s not to say he didn’t encounter his fair share of challenges typical of adults juggling a career alongside education. “I worked a lot of second jobs, and I worked a second job overnight while I was attending UA Grantham.”
Herrington considered the program to be straightforward and manageable with clear milestones and expectations. “I appreciated the experience of steadily progressing through the degree,” Herrington says. “I am task-oriented and the program easily allowed me to see my progress and keep my eye on the prize. Finishing gave me a tremendous feeling of accomplishment.”
Much of his coursework reflected knowledge he had absorbed through his experience on the force, but he also enjoyed exploring subjects less familiar to him. Herrington appreciates his college experience overall and the opportunity to learn something new.
Soon after completing his bachelor’s, Herrington made a career shift. He retired from the police force and became the Director of Safety and Emergency Management at Kansas City University.
“It was a big career change, but there are some similarities; dealing with people [has always been] a big part of [my] career. As a detective, I had control over most aspects of my cases, but as a director — I have to assign tasks to others to manage projects [in order] to effectively accomplish goals.”
Having earned a bachelor’s from UA Grantham, Herrington was perfectly positioned to build on his education and acquire additional leadership skills with a master’s degree focused in management and strategy.
Jim credits UA Grantham for providing both an online program that fit into his schedule, and a stepping stone for his success. When asked what advice he’d give to others considering UA Grantham, he said, “stick to the schedule UA Grantham established for you — they know what they are doing and can get you through.”
There is no guarantee, express or implied, that a college degree or certificate from University of Arkansas Grantham will improve employment prospects, earnings, earnings potential, or career advancement opportunities.
Lemuel Thomas is no stranger to success. After serving in the military for three decades and retiring as a high-ranking official, Thomas transitioned into relevant IT leadership positions in the civilian sector. Along the way, he has built quite the list of accomplishments, including several higher education credentials.
Graduate Mario N. chose to pursue his communications degree from UA Grantham because he wanted a top-tier education from a university that could also accommodate his needs. Mario is grateful for the continuous feedback and support he received throughout his college journey, and for the world of opportunities his degree has opened up for him.
Graduate Jay-R Maddela-LaCambra, completed his finals early in the summer of 2021—the last box to check toward his master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Grantham University. Far from farewell, he instead took a deep breath in preparation for his pursuance of yet another Grantham degree—this time for business.