DOTHAN – Marketing executive Belinda Whatley did not have to give up her high-powered job to return to college. Troy University’s flexible night programs have allowed the Dothan woman to work her studies around her position at Southeast Alabama Medical Center.
Recognizing that flexibility is crucial for adult learners like Whatley, TROY offers a full range of day and evening classes, according to Director of Graduate Admissions P.J. Hamm. In fact, more than seventy percent of the students at the Dothan Campus attend classes that begin at 5:30 p.m. or later.
“Many of our students are employed full-time and have family responsibilities,” Hamm said. “We try to provide flexible scheduling to meet the educational needs of these students.”
Whatley chose TROY after researching several online universities. She is currently earning a degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing.
“Troy University is well-known for the quality education it offers and the classes I needed were available,” Whatley said. “I also felt that class attendance was needed since I have been out of school for many years.”
Whatley served as director of community relations at SAMC, before becoming director of the Women’s Center. She is now director of service line marketing.
“I moved into a marketing position this past year, and the classes are allowing me to update my skills in this exciting field,” Whatley said.
While her busy schedule made returning to college a challenge, Whatley is glad she did.
“It’s not easy returning to school, working, having a family and an aging parent,” Whatley reflected. “Fortitude and determination are needed to continually push forward; however, the rewards are monumental on a personal and professional level.”