Sue Jones ‘06
Individual Studies graduate
“It’s nice to know you still have the brain cells to get a degree,” said Class of 2006 graduate Sue Jones—a typical comment, tinged with sarcasm, from a busy mom who completed her associate’s degree through online courses.
With a day job at Rensselaer County Department of Health, two active children at home, and a penchant for challenges, Jones is proud of her Individual Studies degree and the 3.8 G.P.A. she earned. She hopes her accomplishment encourages other working adults to return to school.
In 2002, Jones’ oldest child enrolled at Hudson Valley, and because she was looking to advance in her career, Jones decided to enroll herself.
With an armful of family and job responsibilities — soccer coach, assistant baseball coach, Sunday school teacher, karate student — she knew the only way she could complete her education was by taking courses over the Internet.
Stressed out and a little unsure that she could complete college-level work, Jones struggled at first with the organization it takes to be a successful online student. But she got the hang of it and four years later, she is an unabashed booster of online learning.
“There’s no way I would have finished this degree without online courses. With three children and my job, there’s no way I could come to campus and complete this,” Jones said. “I’m so grateful for Hudson Valley that they offer this option.”
Brenda McGreevey ‘04
Criminal Justice graduate
The convenience of distance learning allowed Brenda McGreevy of Guilderland to earn her associate degree in Criminal Justice while working full-time for the state Department of Criminal Justice Services – and volunteering 20 hours a week as an emergency medical technician for the Western Turnpike Rescue Squad in Guilderland.
“I decided to go to school for a degree after my youngest daughter went to college and that left me being the only one in the household that hadn’t gone to college,” said McGreevy, 49, and a mother of two grown daughters. “Online courses definitely fit my schedule and my life.”
McGreevy graduated with a 4.0 G.P.A.