Elizabeth Dye knows she is exactly where God has called her to be. The mother of two chose to return to school following a difficult loss.
“In 2015, my husband of 22 years passed away,” says Dye. “My sister-in-law, Robin, encouraged me to finish my degree ... God opened all the impossible doors for me to be an enthusiastic part of the MHR program, and I am precisely where [He] wants me to be.”
In August 2016, Dye began working toward completing her bachelor’s degree in management and human relations (MHR) through Trevecca at Motlow State University. Created with the understanding that it can be challenging for individuals who lead busy lives to complete a traditional degree program, Trevecca’s MHR program includes face-to-face and online options. This gives students the flexibility to complete their degrees in the format that’s most convenient for them.
“The MHR program has provided more than just an education for me,” Dye said. “It has given me insight, understanding, confidence and discernment. The most striking and inspirational aspect has been the focus on servant leadership. I have truly acquired the skills necessary to ‘meet the needs of the people’."
In addition to degree-completion programs, Trevecca’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies (SGCS) offers associate, bachelor’s, graduate and doctoral programs both online and face-to-face at Trevecca’s Nashville campus as well as two Tennessee satellite locations. The University will begin offering courses in Atlanta in fall 2018.
Rachel Neal, enrollment counselor for Trevecca at Motlow State Community College in Tullahoma, Tenn., also completed her bachelor’s degree through Trevecca’s MHR program at Motlow. She understands the need for flexibility first-hand.
“I was juggling working full-time,” Neal said. “It was so nice to have the ability to focus on school work when the time was right for me.”
The face-to-face program also has its benefits, allowing students to build community with their peers.
“There is nothing quite like the bond students form with their fellow classmates during our face-to-face programs,” Neal said. “I always encourage my students to open their hearts and minds to learn from each other. Without fail, students come out of our face-to-face programs making life-long friendships.”
Dye says her time in the program has been transformative. It's preparing her to pursue a job in the human relations field following her graduation in spring 2018.
“Being a non-traditional student has been demanding and challenging,” Dye said. “Honestly, this 18-month program has been the most difficult and rewarding time of my life.
“I consider this an amazing achievement,” she continued. “I am excited about the dynamic changes in my life and look forward to the next chapter.”