College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Profiles
For Derron Jackson the world of computer science is a world of opportunity.
Graduating this spring with his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Governors State University, Jackson is transferring the skills he learned at GSU and through his internship with a Fortune 500 company to his new job with Ford Motor Company as a Software Engineer.
College of Business Graduate Profiles
Fabian Cambron started his bachelor's degree in information technology in 1994, while juggling a full-time job as well as a family. Governors State University catetered to the needs of Cambron, who received his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology in 2015––over a decade later.
Working as a Security Analyst for Edward-Elmhurst Hospital, Cambron returned to GSU in 2018 and is now graduating with a Master of Science in Management Information Systems.
For Annalee Knapp, the reasons to transfer to Governors State University were simple: an excellent reputation, scholarships and accessibility.
Between a Merit Tuition Waiver awarded to her based on her academics at Moraine Valley Community College, and a flexible school schedule that let her work full-time as a florist while she completed her degree, Knapp knew her degree was possible with GSU.
Now graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, Knapp is one step closer to her dream job as a forensic accountant for the FBI.
College of Education Graduate Profiles
It had been more than a decade since Jennifer Young had earned her bachelor's degree in psychology at another university when she discovered Governors State University was where she needed to be to make her dreams a reality.
Now graduating with her Master of Arts in Counseling with a concentration in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling, Young has the world ahead of her including offers from several clinical positions, a newly published children's book, and her recent acceptance into Governors State's Doctor of Education in Counselor Education and Supervision.
But her role in the high school expanded as the number of teachers shrank over the next two years. Then, Ramirez realized she wanted to be a teacher. Knowing just the place to go, Ramirez came back to Governors State University and is now graduating with a Professional Educator License.
College of Health and Human Services Graduate Profiles
After Nigam Bopanna received his bachelor’s degree in Dental Surgery in India, he was eager to contribute to the health care system as much as possible to help improve outcomes. A mentor suggested Governors State University to further his education.
Graduating with a Master of Science in Health Informatics, Bopanna is on his way to achieving his career goals and personal goals, including earning an aviation license.
Like so many others, Nadia Barrera has had to shift and pivot in the midst of the pandemic to achieve her dreams of becoming a physical therapist. Despite the challenges, Barrera has had an eventful year of pursuing her passion at Governors State University.
As a recipient of the prestigious Schweitzer Fellowship, Barrera embarked on a yearlong project at the Back of the Yards College Prep school in Chicago, where she met with students to increase their awareness of the opportunities of careers in the health sciences, including virtual afterschool meetings “field trips” she coordinated with community health professionals.
Her hard work and passion did not go unnoticed as the program grew in size, with participants doubling under her direction.
Now graduating as a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Barrera sets out on a new journey still fueled by the dedication that empowered her through her academic career.