Academics - Wed, Jul. 29, 2015

Wiley's Adult Degree Completion Program and online classes helped Janice Williams finish what she started

Janice Williams finished what she started when she graduated in May from Wiley's Adult Degree Completion Program with a degree in Organizational Management.

 A single parent, Williams enrolled at Wiley two years ago. At the time, her son, Sterling Johnson Jr., was a sophomore at Southwood High School in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Williams said he and her three younger children inspired her to complete her degree. "I wanted them to know that it can be done," she said.  Her son graduated from Southwood High in May.  "We did it together," said Williams.

Williams works as a beautician in Shreveport and also serves as a minister at a church in Bossier City, Louisiana.  She plans to use her degree to advance her career.  "I learned so much at Wiley from all the instructors," she said.  "I will apply all that I have learned to starting a business.  I would like to open my own hair salon."

Williams took classes at Wiley's satellite location at the Fire Academy in Shreveport.  She also took  a couple of classes online and said doing so helped her to better manage her responsibilities at home and at work.

"I lived in scripture as I pursued my degree," said Williams. Her favorite scripture is Mathew 6:33 – 'But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.'

 So, when asked what she would say to encourage others who may have put off completing their degree, she offered these words, "Take one step and God will do the rest."