Derrick Lloyd of Dover, North Carolina, chose a career in health care to complement his passion for helping others. After graduating from high school, he earned his Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Health Information Management and Health Service Management from East Carolina University, which led him to a job at Caswell Center. “This state facility provides services to individuals who have mental disabilities,” Derrick explains.
As he spent more time in the industry, Derrick became interested in administration. “I want to effectively change the health care industry so that it can be more cost efficient and beneficial to the American people.” To do this, Derrick needed more education, so he enrolled in Ashford University’s online Master of Business Administration, with a specialization in Health Care Administration, program. He chose Ashford because it was simply the best fit - “It was an accredited university, an economical fit for my pocket, 100% online, and it offered the program I wanted. I also found my Admissions Counselor very helpful - she made it easy to enroll and offered moral support throughout the program. I am very thankful for her.”
Like most adult and distance learners, Derrick says his greatest challenge was learning to balance his full-time job, his work as a youth advisor, his personal life, and his schoolwork. “I actually surprised myself with how I navigated through the program without having to take a lot of breaks between classes. I now feel able to appropriately handle any quest presented to me.”
In just over a year, at age 35, Derrick had completed his degree and found himself in Clinton, Iowa with his family, waiting to cross the stage. “The graduation was filled with excitement and happy graduates. I had the opportunity to attend two ceremonies - the Golden Key International Honour Society induction and the commencement ceremony.”
After having a taste of graduate school, Derrick has decided he wants to go all the way. “I plan to return to the education arena within a year and pursue a doctorate degree in Health Care Administration.”
In addition to preparing him professionally, Derrick hopes earning a degree will influence his friends and family. “I hope to inspire the youths in my family, in my community, and in my church to further their educations beyond high school, and to academically exceed their own expectations.”