Bring a Friend to Finish - Return, Learn and Earn

Return, Learn and Earn

Join UHESA in our completion initiative; and return, learn, and earn. Higher Ed staff in Utah are taking action to increase completion among our friends who have “some college, no degree”. Higher Ed staff facilitate degree completion every day. From custodial staff to enrollment specialists, we know the connections students need to succeed. We are talking to our friends and we invite you to join us!

Anyone can RETURN, LEARN, and EARN!

Refer a Friend or find out more information via participating schools.

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BFF News Interview on ABC 4 - Students helping students graduate at Dixie State University

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Watch the video interview on the ABC 4 News site.

St. George, Utah (ABC4 Utah) -A statewide trend shows that many college students who start school don't finish, and efforts are being made to change those statistics.

"Especially the first time I got an A on a test, I was like: Yay, my brain still works," said Dixie State University student Hillarie Kennedy.

Kennedy got an A in her math class. It's a big step for this single mom of three boys who came back to finish college after taking a 22-year-break.

"My husband passed four years ago to cancer so that was part of what drove me into really thinking about coming back," said Kennedy.

But the thought was overwhelming. She didn't know where to begin. Her friend Sylvia Bradshaw, a Dixie State employee helped her through the process.

"We went and visited the counselor. Then took her to financial aid. Then took her across the street into the book store," said Bradshaw, Director of Sponsored Programs at DSU.

Statewide, 27% of the population start college and never finish. In Washington County that number jumps to 30%."

"We tend to marry younger, we tend to have families younger, so we have a large population that has some college and no degree to show for the learning that they have," said Bradshaw.

Bradshaw and others wanted to see change, so they started the initiative: 'Bring a Friend to Finish' or 'BFF', encouraging students to help someone else come back to finish their degree. The program is now being used throughout the state.

Such an accomplishment to be able to do that as a returning adult, to be able to accomplish something that feels unattainable," said Andrea Brown, the President of UHESSA.

"66 percent of the jobs will require a degree or certification of some sort, so the Governors goal is to have 66 percent of the population to have a degree or a certification by the year 2020," said Bradshaw.

"It really felt good. It really boosted my self esteem and it made a difference for me because I thought I can do this," said Kennedy.

Dixie State University's graduation is this Friday. The youngest person graduating is 15-years-old. The oldest person graduating is 65-years-old.

U.E.N. Recognizes American Graduate Champion at D.S.U.

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Sylvia Bradshaw, Dixie State's Director of Sponsored Programs, was recently recognized by the Utah Educational Network as an American Graduate Champion through her efforts in the Bring a Friend to Finish program (BFF). About the program, Sylvia said, "Higher ed staff across the state are reaching out to their friends and extending an invitation to "Return, Learn, and Earn". Anyone can complete a referral for a friend (or theirself) at UHESA.org and serve as built in mentors and make the critical connections to enhance degree completion."

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The BFF initiative was realized, created and is maintained through the hard work of our member college volunteers. It is a way we can help people get their education, continue, or even finish their college degree. We at UHESA are honored to be recognized from UEN for the hard work that has gone into bringing the Bring a Friend to Finish program to fruition. We all love education and want everyone to have the ability to get educated, with a great education you can grow in your job and even in society. UHESA works diligently to bring a togetherness and oneness for our staff members at the colleges in the state and strives to bring education to the forefront of people's minds.

She is featured on UEN's website at http://www.uen.org/americangraduate/champion/nominate.shtml.

You can view the American Graduate program broadcasted by UEN at http://www.americangraduate.org/champions/american-graduate-day/


Mikey's story is inspiring, yours can be too!
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