BIPS Student Profiles

Candace Stradford

Candace Stradford

As a mother of two and a rising management professional in the banking industry, she was looking for something different. “I love my career,” she says. “I didn’t return to school to change a career, but to stabilize it, and hopefully further it.”

What Candace wanted was a focused degree program that challenged her perspective, expanded her professional horizons, and prepared her for an even bigger future in a changing working world. She found it with the Bachelor’s in Integrated Professional Studies from UNCG Online. Read More


Bradley Schmaling

Bradley Schmaling

“I know when I was going to school twenty years ago, I didn’t really know why I was going,” he says. Now in his forties, Bradley left college without a degree, spending time raising a family and working a series of jobs, but always looking to finish what he’d started, in a way that connected his life experience and needs with the future he wanted.

“I knew I needed something that was tangible to me, something that I could actually relate to and do something with,” he says. Read More


Amy Crews

Amy Crews

A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, she spent 13 years with the USDA, monitoring crops by satellite. She worked her way up to supervisor, managing people with master’s degrees and PhDs. But there was a problem — she never finished her bachelor’s.

“My boss said, ‘You’ve got to go to school,’” Amy remembers. She had been hired based on her strong work ethic, but the position required a degree. Read More

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