PACE Success Stories
1. How did you hear about PACE, and what made you decide to take part in the program?
There were several colleagues of mine who went through the program prior to me signing up, and it was highly recommended by each individual. I wanted a program that would allow me to continue my education so I could further my career. I made the decision to move forward with PACE as I wanted a program that would fit into my schedule – not the other way around. PACE offered a way for me to continue to work full-time and further my education while doing so.
When the PACE Director visited his job site and talked about the PACE program, Travis Jones of Decatur started researching to see if the program would be right for him. Following high school, Travis had studied for a year at MacMurray College, then transferred to a community college in Michigan, and later back to Richland Community College before taking a long hiatus from his education. For the past ten years, Travis has worked for the State of Illinois where he spent six years as a Correctional Counselor for the Department of Corrections.
Published in the 2015 Homecoming program.
Nathan Carden ’03 of Rockford, Ill., was an award-winning, two-sport athlete at Millikin. A defensive lineman and four-year letterwinner for the Big Blue football team, Carden was team co-captain and most valuable player in 2002. He also earned College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) first team all-conference honors and was twice named CCIW Player of the Week that season. He was named CCIW second team all-conference in 2001 and was a member of the 2000 playoff team.
Hannah Musson, the OL Student of the Spring 2017 cohort who grew the most during her time at Millikin.
Senior Sociology Capstone Presentations
OL Graduates May 2017
OL Graduates May 2016
OL310 Group and Team Dynamics Christmas Concert Winners
Three teams of OL students competed for the best rendition of Jingle Bells (using children's toy musical instruments and voice) in front of the PACE IN350 Global Nutrition class. The winners receive bragging rights for the next year and their photos on the department website.
Mark Sweeney, Debbie Brownlee, Hannah Musson, Stacey Longfellow and Danette Beach won this year's honors with Hannah's surprise vocal talent and festive Santa hats!
Dianne has been a student at Millikin since February of 2012 and joined the OL cohort in Fall 2013 and expects to graduate in Spring 2015. She brought in about 10 credits from the University of Illinois and Lakeland Community College. She also took proficiency tests to exempt out of 15 other credits based upon the new prior learning experience feature in PACE.
Dianne is the Manager of Health Information Technology at Pana Community Hospital. She married her high school sweetheart and has one adult son and two young granddaughters. She enjoys nature, motorcycle rides, adventures with her granddaughters, and genealogy research.
She says a good work ethic and lifelong learning helped her to excel in her jobs, but she was unable to attain her full potential without a bachelor's degree. Her CEO and a Millikin alumni convinced her that Millikin's PACE's accelerated format was the perfect environment for mature students who were striving for a better life. She discovered that their helpful, supportive personal advisors set the program apart from other college experiences.
Dianne chose Organizational Leadership as her major because the communication skills, leadership, and team dynamics emphasis were traits that she believed were invaluable not only for advancement in employment, but also throughout life in every personal or business relationship that might be developed. Dianne says all the general education courses she has taken in PACE have been life-altering and knowledge expanding. Some favorites were Flora & Fauna, Global Nutrition, and families Across the Generations. She also claims all her professors have been exceptional.
Her experience at Millikin has been worth the investment of time and funds. It has been a far better experience than her other colleges! Millikn's PACE format understands that an adult student's purpose in life is not to master facts, but to expand general knowledge while attaining a degree. Dianne hopes that her Millikin bachelor's degree will provide further growth opportunities at her current employer, as well as open new opportunities in the future. A degree in OL will provide the tools to be a good and effective leader anywhere going forward!