Support of Faculty in Degree Completion Program Gave Alumna Confidence to Pursue her Dream

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Pam H. McGee ’17 Achieves Goal of Earning Bachelor’s in Accounting 

photo of Pam McGeePamela Hutchins McGee of Siloam, N.C., was new to online classes when she enrolled in the Degree Completion Program at Gardner-Webb University. She learned quickly, though, with support from her GWU professors and the technology team. “I was able to dive right in since all of the instructors offered help and were great at answering questions,” offered McGee, who graduated summa cum laude in 2017. “My experience taught me to believe in myself and gave me the confidence to pursue my dreams.”

McGee grew to appreciate the flexibility of taking classes online. “I could work on my classes at a schedule that fit my family,” she explained. “This was essential since my husband works in law enforcement and has a very unusual schedule, and we have a son who was 6 when I started.”

The online format also included opportunities to get to know her professors and classmates. She learned practical information in her accounting and business classes, but also found her Bible and history courses relevant and interesting. “I had a lot of great instructors and classes, and they were all beneficial to me,” McGee emphasized. “I also value the friendships I made with other students. Even though I did not experience life on campus, everyone I met through GWU was wonderful to me.”

McGee has worked in the financial services industry for 14 years and received her associate’s degree from Surry Community College in Dobson, N.C. “I am hoping that now that I have obtained my Bachelor’s in Accounting from GWU, this will open new doors for me,” McGee shared. “I hope to move from an administrative support role into a new role very soon.”