No matter what challenges life throws at you, it’s never too late to pursue your dreams. Like many time-worn adages, this might sound corny, but it expresses a very profound and valuable message. It is precisely the message that Veronica Barbieri, a Northern Arizona University (NAU) student, strives to impart on the residents of her local Queen Creek community.
“To me, success looks like a bachelor’s degree in a frame hanging on my wall,” Barbieri said. “It’s coming home from work when I’ve spent my day working for the Federal Government.”
Having worked her way through a range of very different jobs-- from ranch hand to office worker-- Barbieri remained committed to do whatever it took to land her “dream” position-- working at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Achieving the requisite educational qualifications presented an early and formidable challenge.
The first critical step: complete a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, without needing to relocate or commute. The new Communiversity at Queen Creek (QC) enabled Barbieri to take in-person classes towards her bachelor’s degree, close to home.
The Communiversity at QC is the product of a unique educational alliance, which includes Rio Salado College, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Northern Arizona University, the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences and Ottawa University. It provides a broad selection of in-person and online class options and opportunities to earn progressive certificates and degrees with seamless transfers.
The Communiversity at QC and its partnership with NAU provided just the right learning environment for Barbieri to complete her bachelor’s degree.
“I am very much an in-class learner,” Barbieri said. “When I saw that the Communiversity was an option on my NAU class list, I knew I had to grab it. I wanted to have a teacher in front of me.”
Barbieri was especially excited when her Public Administration professor brought in the Queen Creek Town Manager to speak to the entire class.
“It was a great experience because it applied everything we’d learned in the semester,” Barbieri said. “We got to see firsthand what happens in real life.”
Going to school close to home was also a draw for Queen Creek native, Nora Williams, who has been taking in-person classes at the Communiversity at QC since the fall 2014 semester.
William is a Chandler-Gilbert Community College nursing student, and she admits she wasn’t quite sure what to expect prior to enrolling at the Communiversity at QC.
“I was signing up for classes and stumbled upon something called the Communiversity, and I thought, wow, what is that?” William said. “I really like all of my instructors, and they really want to help you to succeed. “By the end of my first week I realized, hey, I really love college!”
Spring registration is currently open for in-person classes at the Communiversity at QC. Drop by to meet with an academic advisor and student services specialist, tour the facility and learn more about the academic partners and their program offerings. Call 480-384-9000 or visit queencreek.azcommuniversity.com for more details.
By, Aubrie Artiano, PR Coordinator at Rio Salado College