When School of Professional Studies instructor Rivers Pearce first moved to Charleston, it was in the hopes of making a living as a guitarist: a goal he realized soon after graduating from the College of Charleston Honor’s College. However, after a move to Atlanta and several years of non-stop touring, Pearce decided to abandon his dreams of fame and fortune, and pursue an alternate career path. It was this decision that led him to the then-emerging field of search engine marketing.
In the realm of popular culture, retirement is portrayed as the ultimate reward, something we should spend our lives working toward. Yet for some older adults, retirement may not be quite so enticing.
Financial need is a common concern among those pursuing four-year degrees, and is frequently a factor in student attrition. Many prospective non-traditional students cite financial instability as a barrier to competing their education, and report that financial aid availability played a significant role in their decision to pursue a degree-completion program.
As a partner on the academic journey, the CofC School of Professional Studies is dedicated to providing beneficial resources, and helping students to eliminate obstacles. To this end, the school currently offers two exclusive scholarship opportunities for student enrolled in SPS credit programs, and strives to make students aware of other awards available to non-traditional students.
Growing up surrounded by gardeners, Laura Mewbourn enjoyed the fruits of her family’s agricultural labors, and tended to her own tiny plot. While Mewbourn longed for an outdoor lifestyle, she chose to stray from her gardening roots, pursuing a career in higher education.
Despite her lack of active involvement in farming, Mewbourn was committed to supporting local producers, a passion fueled by an awareness of international farming practices. While contemplating what more she could do to give back to her community, Mewbourn fortuitously learned of the Growing New Farmers program, and realized that she had found a path back to her beloved outdoors.
Original Post by Carla Stewart, Academic and Career Advisor