NACTEL Student Stories

Ray Whitman is a shining example of the fact that it’s never too late to achieve your goal of earning a degree.  Ray earned his bachelor’s degree through the online NACTEL program at Pace University at the age of 63.  “I chose to seek this particular bachelor’s degree at PACE University for several reasons: the university’s impressive reviews, to meet a life-long educational goal, and because of the impactful benefits for my career and personal development,” Ray said.

Currently a Director for Customer Information Services at AT&T, Ray learned about the online NACTEL program through AT&T employee communications.  He researched the program and was pleased to find that Pace University was a well-respected school.  The flexibility of an online program was also appealing, since his previous experiences at night school had been unsuccessful.  “I had attended night classes before, but because I work in the technical arena, I am under more pressure to be available during hours outside of the normal 8 to 5 job.  Through promotions and shifting responsibilities at work, it was too much of a burden to also attend in-the-classroom night school.”

Ray was extremely impressed with the guidance the Pace staff and professors provided.  He noted, “PACE University does an excellent job of helping students navigate the course schedule and progress toward graduation.  Their level of communication was outstanding.”  He also appreciated the availability of the professors, who always made themselves available via email, instant message, and even phone calls.  “The willingness of the PACE team to provide academic support was a major factor to the success of reaching my degree goals.   PACE University courses are tough, high quality courses with very high expectations, so I’m extremely pleased to be a 4.0 graduate.”

Beyond the goal of earning the degree, Ray has found the knowledge he learned is directly linked to the future of the industry:  “With or without the credential of a ‘degree’, the knowledge and experience that I gained in the online classes is directly linked to future of the telecommunications industry.”

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