Success Stories

The Adult Degree Program has played a major role in creating Success Stories for people coming back to college. Click on one of the tabs below to view an ADP Success Story.
Christopher Adamson

He enrolled in the Adult Degree Program in the summer of 2013. He was able to use prior learning that he acquired from 15+ years in management positions to help him graduate in August of 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies. Christopher is the plant manager at Caraustar in Corinth Mississippi.

Through my experiences and adventures with Athens State University and the Adult Degree Program, my goal of completing my college degree was accomplished. Understand the term adventure is used here for managing or navigating: full time student, full time employee and full time father. Yet, with the assistance of my counselor Ms. Felicia Mucci and the staff at Athens State University, the impossible or improbable (graduation) became manageable. I could not have successfully completed my diploma or graduation without the Adult Education Program and Athens State University. So my words of closing; Exercise the resources of the Athens State University Staff, stay committed, and finally "if it is worth doing, it is worth doing well".

Amanda Childress

She is a recent graduate from the Adult Degree Program at Athens State University. She graduated with a degree in Technical Education on May 3, 2014. She was able to take advantage of prior learning obtained from 19 years of working in a technical field. She is currently employed at Snead State Community College as the Financial Aid Coordinator and is pursuing a graduate degree in Higher Education Administration at the University of Alabama.

“The ADP at Athens State allowed me to save time and money by converting some of my work experience towards the credit hours needed for a bachelor’s degree in Education. What at first seemed overwhelming was made easier with the help and encouragement from my advisors and faculty and the flexibility of the online classes allowed me to take a full load of classes each semester while also working full time. Most importantly, my degree from Athens State opened new doors in my career. I was thrilled when I was selected for a position I had not been eligible to apply for without a Bachelors's degree. My success at Athens State even gave me the confidence to continue on to graduate school where I am currently perusing a Master's degree. Thank you, Athens State, you really helped me realize my full potential!”

Mark McCarter

He enrolled in the Adult Degree Program in the spring of 2013. He took a wide variety of courses on campus and online. He also received credit from submitting a portfolio of his prior learning and CLEP/DSST exams. Mark graduated on May 3, 2014, with a degree in Liberal Studies. He is an author and a columnist for The Huntsville Times.

"The Adult Degree Program at Athens State provided a sense of closure and accomplishment, leading me to earn my degree more than 40 years after I began college. More than that, it opened my eyes and mind to fresh ideas and lessons, disproving the adage that you can't teach an old dog new tricks."

Ivonne Rosado

My parents were pioneers in that they were born in Puerto Rico, did not graduate from high school, and yet made the bold move for a better life by moving to the U.S. They actually met in New York, where they married and started their family consisting of my older sister and myself. My father worked very hard to give us a good life, while my mother stayed at home and instilled in us the importance of an education. As soon as she could, my mother started teaching us the alphabet (both in English and Spanish), read to us on a daily basis, and taught us how to read and write (concentrating on English in these subjects). My mother would take us to museums and the local library, as often as she could. Although both of my parents spoke English fluently, they spoke only Spanish while at home, in order that my sister and I would learn and be fluent in both languages.

My family moved often in search of a better life – New York, to Puerto Rico and finally to California; however, our education always came first. Because of their teachings and perseverance in giving us the opportunities for better education, my sister and I both grew up with a love for libraries, reading, writing, and teaching. We were both determined to excel in our classes and go as far as we could with our education.

I graduated from high school in 1973 with top honors. I immediately went on to work on my A.A. I was three classes away from obtaining my A.A. when life took me down another path, and I became the next pioneer in our family. I moved from California to Montreal CAN; Florida; Kentucky; Alabama; and now back to Florida, where my husband and I plan to settle. My travels enabled me to grow personally and professionally. However, no matter where I was, I would always manage to continue my studies.

When my husband and I moved to Alabama in 2010, I once again commenced my pursuit to complete my education. I graduated as a member of the Dean’s List and obtained my A.A. from Chattahoochee Valley Community College in 2013, at the age of 58. At CVCC, I also had the opportunity to teach phlebotomy and am currently a nationally Certified Phlebotomy Technician.

After graduating from CVCC, I immediately enrolled at Athens State University, where I am finally reaching my dream of obtaining my B.S. in Management of Technology, at the age of 62; and I hope to graduate with honors, as well. During my time at Athens State University, I was nominated by Athens to the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges (2016).

This is not the end, though. I have already applied to Jacksonville University for the Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership. Who knows what will happen after I obtain my Master’s! To me, life is a continuing journey and learning experience. If you believe in yourself, you are never too old to learn!

John Suddereth

He enrolled in the Adult Degree Program in the fall of 2012. He was able to use prior learning experience from 25 years of IT related work to help him complete his Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies in May of 2015. John graduated Magna Cum Laude and was selected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges. John is currently a Solutions Architect with SAIC in Huntsville, Al.

It’s difficult to express the sense of accomplishment that completing my degree has given me. Getting rid of that particular albatross was indeed liberating. I highly recommend it. The ADP program at Athens State University made that possible by doing something remarkable… equating institutional and prior learning experiences. My thanks to a very knowledgeable faculty and staff, most notably Laura Kerner and Felicia Mucci. For their vision, energy, and commitment I am truly grateful.

Ricky Tillis

After transferring to Athens State from a local community college, I had one goal in mind and that was to finish well. Athens State University Adult Degree Program (ADP) allowed me to do just that.

I started at Athens in the Spring of 2015 in the Liberal Studies program. As a husband, father of three with a full-time job and ministry responsibilities, the ADP program was a good fit for me.

The Adult Degree Program made it possible for me to obtain an accredited degree online and at my own pace, which was tailored toward my interest, along with getting a minor in sociology which was very rewarding.

I am appreciative of the University that I am now a lifetime alumni member and hope that others will discover that yes, you can complete your degree by the grace of God at Athens State University in the Adult Degree Program!