For more than 30 years, Willie Stewart dedicated himself to the Tacoma school system, and continued to help educators in the area as a field supervisor for CityU. Recognizing his lifetime of commitment and service to Tacoma, the school district recently honored Mr. Stewart by naming the re-engagement center after him.
During his tenure as principal of Lincoln High School, Mr. Stewart devoted himself to helping students graduate and realize their full potential – a legacy the Willie Stewart Academy will continue. The building is home to a program that assists students who have left high school due to family or job needs, or missing credits to graduate.
With a nationally-recognized Technology Institute that offers cutting edge degree programs like the Master’s in Information Security, City University of Seattle is excited to help further professionals who contribute to the growing field of technology. In recognition of CityU’s technology programs,Top Management Degrees recently ranked CityU in its list of the top 50 online master’s degrees in information and technology management.
Through its Technology Institute, CityU offers a Master of Science in Information Security and aMaster of Science in Computer Systems. These programs teach students how to integrate and manage technology in a business environment, and prepare them for today’s tech-focused business world. Alumni with these degrees are suited for positions such as business analyst, information systems manager, and information officer.
CityU is proud to be recognized as a leader in the field of information technology management.
Data for this ranking was compiled by Top Management Degrees from the most recent and publicly available sources, including the U.S. News and World Report.
Sean Barnhill, a military officer and father of twin boys, knew online courses would give him the flexibility he needed to complete his bachelor’s degree. As an Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, Sean heard about CityU at a college fair and decided to pursue a Bachelor’s in General Studies. In this Q&A he talks about how the versatile degree program taught him a range of skills, from leadership, to marketing, and even a little astronomy.
City University of Seattle (CU): Can you tell us a little more about yourself? What did you do before enrolling at CityU?
Tired of an unforgiving and hectic schedule that’s typical of the entertainment industry, Cal Ledbetter felt it was time to consider other career options. After helping a few of his coworkers and friends work through some personal issues, Cal felt a pull toward counseling and decided to research graduate programs in the Seattle area. With counseling as one of CityU’s prominent programs, it easily became a top choice for Cal to advance his new career.
“I appreciated the way that CityU focused on counseling,” Cal said. “They had very seasoned professors, and I was really impressed when I went and interviewed there.”
Despite his 20-plus years of experience in the financial industry, Roderick Read struggled to find employment after being laid off from his position in the treasury department at large corporation. Never completing his bachelor’s degree stood in his way of securing full-time work.
“I thought that with my career, salary and status in the international and now domestic community I didn’t need a degree,” Roderick said. “Wake up call! As is often the case in large corporations, politics can blindside anyone.”
As economies and markets throughout the world become more connected and inter-dependent, businesses and corporations face a greater need to identify, manage and hedge risks to their operations. With corporate risk fast becoming a growing field that requires skilled professionals, CityU is excited to offer courses through our School of Management that teach topics ranging from cyber-crime to risk prevention.
As a teacher, Dr. Christine Moloney’s goal was to make a difference in the lives of her students. Today, her goal remains the same, but now as an administrator she’s able to expand her reach across an entire school district.
“When I went into teaching I had a fantastic time, but I realized I wanted to make a difference for more than just the kids in my classroom,” she said. “When I went into administration I absolutely loved it because I was making a difference for the entire school. Then I transitioned a third time because I wanted to make a difference for more kids—not just at one school, but a whole district. So that’s my goal.”
Offering advice to other transitioning military veterans, Arjay Protacio stressed the importance of utilizing available education benefits.
“As I look back, I feel I made the mistake of giving up on finishing school,” Arjay said. “Before I knew it, my education benefits had expired. But because I’m a disabled veteran I also qualified for vocational rehabilitation education benefits.”
Last year Arjay put those benefits to use and enrolled in CityU’s School of Management. Although he had plenty of work experience, Arjay said it was difficult to find employment without a college degree.
Former City University of Seattle student Anthony Craig was recently named Outstanding Young Educator of the Year by the Washington State Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. Anthony received the 2014 recognition because of his commitment to students and staff, his leadership, and his personal achievements.
“I am honored to have received this award. I believe, though, that my work is only made possible by the collaborative work I am able to do with my community, my colleagues, and my students. I wish there were ways to honor our entire school community for their hard work! I am thankful we’re being acknowledged for our efforts to establish a school that truly serves our community.”