A non-traditional student gains respect and more with credentials
- Degrees and credentials are complimentary
- Benefits of credentials include respect and career advancement opportunities
- Lifelong learning is important to remain relevant in an ever changing workplace
Alex Bellow, Business Administration Major, Delgado Community College
As the senior pastor of a local church, I'm also responsible for leading the business functions of the church—so this degree and hopefully my future degrees, which has helped me to become a more well-rounded business leader. Another dynamic or another aspect of my career is police chaplaincy. So a credential that I am currently pursuing is what's called POST certification, which stands for Peace Officer Standards and Training certification. A certification that I will be pursuing is called a CISM certification, which stands for Critical Incident Stress Management.
This certification will allow me to learn the skills needed to lead first responders through the debriefing phase after they have responded to a critical or a traumatic event. Some of the benefits that I will receive as a result of achieving credentials is definitely respect. Law enforcement is a very closed community, and I will be able to be respected among the men and women in law enforcement as one of their brothers, so to speak. It will also create opportunities for me to make additional income, because I will actually be a sworn officer of the law.
I think we have to become lifelong learners. We need to constantly be strengthening our skills, learning more skills, and just stretching ourselves as far as we possibly can, so that we can remain relevant and effective again in ever-changing workplace.