#PrepareAtPeace | SPS Alum, Matt Mickool ’15, And the Power of Technology
“Technology is the future; tradition is changing.”
To say Matt Mickool has a passion for technology is an understatement, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that both his career and education have revolved around it. When he was faced with adversity and instability in the job market, Mickool decided it was time to use his passion to his advantage. It turns out, a whole world of opportunity was just a click away.
Mickool is no stranger to hard work. Initially, he completed his associate degree in business administration from Wake Tech Community College entirely online, affording him the ability to work during the day a national telecommunications company and at a local gas station on the weekends. From the beginning, Mickool has found that technology has allowed him to continue professionally developing himself without having to step foot in a classroom. Unfortunately, shortly after graduation and through no fault of his own, Mickool found himself out of his day job. Realizing now he needed to finish his bachelor’s degree to gain stable employment, be competitive in the job market and set himself up for a bright future, Mickool resolved to go back to school.
“WPU’s School of Professional Studies empowered me to obtain a higher education degree all while working around my hectic schedule using the collaborative power of technology.”
After accepting an entry-level position in the Internet Services department of North Carolina State Employees’ Credit Union in Raleigh, Mickool began looking at a variety of universities, trying to find one that could accommodate his busy lifestyle. After unsuccessfully sifting through several local schools, it was clear to Mickool that he needed to find a more flexible program that was more suited to his learning style. He needed an option that worked not just for him, but with him. That’s when he turned to William Peace University.
After meeting the admissions staff, Mickool invested in himself and enrolled in the School of Professional Studies (SPS). Upon acceptance, he began working towards a business administration degree all while being supported by the attentive SPS advisors and faculty every step of the way. An avid online learner, Mickool excelled throughout his program and finished all of his classes in under two years. Even while maintaining a full-time job, Mickool worked tirelessly at his studies, not only graduating early but with honors. Walking across the stage only two years later, Mickool dressed in his green cap and gown and sporting a gold cord worn to distinguish those with the honor of summa cum laude, left 15 E. Peace Street empowered to forge his path.
You could say that path was pretty successful, as Mickool, at only 28 years of age, quickly earned a promotion to Vice President of Online Services at State Employees’ Credit Union changing his life for good.
If you ask Mickool what the difference maker was for him, the answer is simple: WPU. He stated: “Technology is the future; tradition is changing. With the combination of their accelerated degree programs and fully online course selections, WPU’s School of Professional Studies empowered me to obtain a higher education degree all while working around my hectic schedule using the collaborative power of technology.” WPU recently featured Mickool as an outstanding alumnus of the SPS program in their newest edition of the PEACE Magazine in an article exploring the benefits of the flexible and affordable programming offered through the School of Professional Studies (SPS).
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